When I first heard of Five Finger Death Punch (heard of, not yet listened to), I thought they were going to be just another generic nu-metal band that would last all of a single year in the limelight before falling away and disappearing. I first heard them when I went to the Family Values Tour in 2007, where they played the Jagermeister stage. They impressed me enough to purchase The Way Of The Fist and I later found out that the singer was from Motograter, who I was also a fan of.
The new album, American Capitalist, will be out on October 11th on Prospect Park Records. The first single, titled “Under and Over It,” features producer Kevin Churko on bass after Matt Snell left the band last year (new bassist Chris Kael joined after the bass tracks had been recorded, and therefore isn’t featured on the album).
The song doesn’t detract too much from their normal formula of catchy yet heavy guitars and aggressive yet powerful lyrics. I’m glad they didn’t decide to change what they are good at. Of course, when a band decides on going the same route with their songwriting, it has the potential to become overplayed and stale, but that is all left to the individual listeners. To me, I like them just as much as when I first heard them on their debut album.
The thing that stuck out the most to me in this song was the lyrics, which I loved as soon as I heard them: “Did you hear the one about me being a punk? / Did you hear the one about me being a drunk? … / Did you hear about the money and how it made me change? / So funny to me all the time that they waste / Did hear the one about me givin’ a shit? / Cause if I did, I don’t remember it.” It clearly addresses the hate that they’ve encountered since their rocket-fueled rise to the top and their immediate success, but that all of this fame hasn’t changed them for the worse.
Five Finger Death Punch was always a band that never hid behind obscure messages in their songs for people to decipher and find out for themselves, giving the risk of misinterpretation. They are straight to the point with no bullshit, and that’s what I’ve always admired most about them.