FIVE FIN­GER DEATH PUNCH

PLUS: IN FLAMES, OF MICE & MEN SSE ARENA WEM­B­LEY, LONDON. 21.12.17 KKKK AMER­I­CAN METAL BRUIS­ERS BRING THEIR BIG GUNS TO THE CAP­I­TAL

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Chris Kael’s beard dou­bled up as tem­po­rary strings for ev­ery time his bass broke

WORDS: AMIT SHARMA PHO­TOS: CHRIS CASEY

■ IT’S BEEN a strange 12 months for Five Fin­ger Death Punch. For a band so red-blood­edly cocky and self-ag­gran­dis­ing, they sparked a fair amount of con­cern about front­man Ivan Moody’s health and spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture in their ranks. In in­ter­views he spoke of com­ing to a cross­roads, even go­ing as far as quit­ting the band on­stage in Hol­land in June. So when their bul­let-rid­dled, all-amer­i­can jug­ger­naut rolls into Wem­b­ley, launch­ing ex­plo­sives as it de­liv­ers a knock­out, it comes with an odd sense of re­lief.

Up first are Of Mice & Men, who’ve also un­der­gone plenty of change, learn­ing to cope with­out found­ing front­man Austin Carlile. Not that you would have guessed from their per­for­mance tonight. With bassist Aaron Pauley be­hind the mic, this is a band re­born, with new song War­zone sound­ing so heavy it in­spires a bout of hearty sat-down row­ing where arms would usu­ally be flail­ing. Next, In Flames come on sound­ing a lit­tle tired in com­par­i­son, though they man­age to pick things up as the set builds, even get­ting treated to more imag­i­nary oar­ing along the way.“they do that in Ger­many, why are you do­ing it in Eng­land?” laughs front­man Anders Fridén, be­fore en­cour­ag­ing the au­di­ence to “get in a cir­cle-pit and make new friends!”

It’s hard not to marvel at the sheer mag­ni­tude of the show FFDP have brought tonight, with open­ers Lift Me Up and Never Enough brought to life al­most as if they were sound­track­ing an ac­tion movie, with red lasers, gi­ant skulls and blast­ing fires. Grin­ning with a base­ball bat rest­ing on one shoul­der, Ivan is on good form, urg­ing the crowd to take care of each other “be­cause there’s al­ways one guy that ain’t got no kids”, and invit­ing up Aaron Pauley and Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext for Ain’t My Last Dance. Dialling it down a notch with an acous­tic mini-set be­fore brain-blast­ing encore The Bleed­ing, he looks like he’s hav­ing the time of his life. Never has a battering felt quite so wel­come or en­joy­able.

In Flames’ Clutch cos­play was ace OM&M proved their gui­tar straps Ivan Moody’s new deodor­ant was ab­so­lutely in­sane

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