"The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1", is the first of the two albums to be released by Five Finger Death Punch in 2013.
Since their debut album "Way Of The Fist" a lot has happened with FFDP.
Even though they always kept their heaviness they have become more and more melodic and uses the clean singing as well as the melodic guitar melodies more frequently.
But one thing is sure, FFDP still deliverers high quality modern metal hardcore right in the listeners face!
The singer Ivan Moody keeps impressing me over and over again with his great vocals and his range from angry thrash style to smooth melodic vocals and the guitarplayers deliveres some really tight, awesome and technical guitar riffs and along with the rest of the band FFDP feels more tighter than ever.
The opening track "Lift Me Up" featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest is a really great song to start the album
with the classic FFDP sound in it, reminding me of "Under and over it".
"Watch You Bleed" sounds like a classic FFDP song with great riffs and typical FFDP lyrics.
The third song "You" is another great typical FFDP song, with a cool breakdown and I am really impressed how this new album kicks off!
Then comes the beautiful "Wrong Side of Heaven" that is one of my personal favourites on this album,
a really amazing and sensitive ballad with that feeling that only FFDP can accomplish.
The song "Burn MF" is a really agressive kick ass song and reminds me a lot of a Dope song with a simular title...
Track 6 is named "I.M.Sin" and features Max Cavalera in one version and it´s another amazing song with all that makes FFDP so great, with that I mean cool riffs, amazing vocals and agressive lyrics.
And of course it´s great to hear Cavalera together with Moody!
"Anywhere But Here" featuring Maria Brink of In This Moment (also as a duet) is a another beautiful song with
lyrics worth considering.
Then comes the song "Dot Your Eyes" featuring Jamey Jasta in one version and once again FFDP shows that
they still have the same energy as they had when the wrote "The Way Of The Fist", a really great song!
"M.I.N.E (End This Way)" is another slow song with deep lyrics and beautiful melodies in it and Moody sings
as always with a stunning feeling.
"Mama Said Knock You Out" featuring Tech N9ne is a cover of LL Cool J and is in my opinion the weakest track on the album but I still want to give FFDP credits for doing it, it´s a cool version of the song.
The last song is called "Diary of a Deadman" and its starts as a usual FFDP song but soon changes and becomes a bit proggresive with deep lyrics and I think it´s a really amazing song even though it takes some time to take it in.
Overall the songs on this album still retains the sound and the feeling that makes FFDP so special and great in my eyes, from the vocals of Ivan Moody to the guitar riffs and melodies that holds high quality and I am impressed
how FFDP once again have done it and I am already looking forward to Volume 2!!
So Knuckleheads, go buy this album, you won´t be disappointed!
And if you not already have checked out FFDP then check this album out, it´s fuckin awesome!
So, yeah, this album does not retain the anger and heaviness while being mainstream that has come to solidify FFDP in the minds of the hungry masses. The whole level of the album is softer. Also, Mama said knock you out, is actually one of the top songs on this album. Along with lift me up (which is getting tired) and burn MF. Everything else is pretty much a pass. I was so excited considering how well FFDP tends to come back and keep the same amp. This was such a let down. Hopefully, the next album, which we won't have to wait long for, will get right back to business and we can forget about the majority of this one.