FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
SOME BANDS have a catalogue where the explosive breakthrough comes after a couple of albums that see its creators warming up for greatness. These scrappy records serve as a reminder of the journey great bands have gone on to get where they are. Five Finger Death Punch, however, are one of those rare bands that seemed to emerge fully-formed and start scoring goals from the word go. Here, released on brilliantly-coloured vinyl (and, naturally, with a camouflage inner-sleeve), you get 5FDP’S first three albums reissued, where
you can hear just how hard the Vegas metal titans raged from the get-go. 2007’s debut, THE WAY OF THE FIST (KKKK) , announced their arrival like a Challenger tank ploughing through the wall, and 2009’s WAR IS THE ANSWER (KKKK) follow-up cockily stuck a flag in the ground to announce that they were taking over. Hard To See and Walk Away are brilliant, huge, muscular metal anthems, while the cover of Bad Company is a hilarious treat. Finally, we get 2011’s AMERICAN CAPITALIST (KKKK) , which is a finely-tuned work of metallic precision and bulldozer power. Ivan Moody’s corporation-naming raps on The Pride may raise a smirk, but the raging Under And Over It is a powerful fist to the gob. If you’re any kind of knucklehead, you’ll have all these already, but if you’re after the story of Five Finger Death Punch’s first three strikes, this is a package well worth getting battered by.