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FullSizeRender (2)I always love it when bands premiere their albums a little early of their release dates because it gives you the fan a chance to listen to the record. You essentially get to test it out before you buy it and that sounds like one heck of a deal to me. Five Finger Death Punch did just that with their upcoming sixth record Got Your Six which comes out everywhere September 4TH via Prospect Park. The band which is made up of Ivan Moody (Vocals), Zoltan Bathory (R. Guitars), Jason Hook (Guitars), Chris Kael (Bass), and Jeremy Spencer (Drums) may have had a little care not too long ago, but they are ready to roll. Jeremy Spencer commented on the album saying, “I’m digging it, man. It’s actually more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There are some really mellow parts and then some really brutal parts. So we’re running the whole gamut of sounds.” The album is the band’s follow up to both volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell. The band premiered their new record a week early of it’s release on Pandora Radio and yours truly checked out the new record.

5fdpJekyll&Hyde1.  Got Your Six– Starts off light before the band drops the hammer for a real hellraiser about having someone’s back. 4/5

2. Jekyll & Hyde– The beginning has a real Faith No More feel to it because of the vocals, but that is because Jason Hook took a voice mail that Ivan left him at 2:30AM and turned it into a song. 4.5/5

3. Wash It All Away– A real melodic track in the beginning with a very cool groove about the troubles of fame. 4/5

4. Ain’t My Last Dance– A real hard charging track with a cool groove that is about putting in all the effort with none in return. 4/5

5. My Nemesis– A slowered tempo track that still crushes about not hiding your bad side. 4.5/5

6. No Sudden Movement– A track whose heaviness builds up like a frieght train going a 1000 in the beginning. 4/5

five7. Question Everything– The track has a melodic intro, but it bursts into overdrive. The really cool part about this song is the acoustic/flamenco style solo that you get which is a little different and awesome. 5/5

8. Hell To Pay– Sledgehammer like riffs makes this track an absolute headbanger. 4.5/5

9. Digging My Own Grave– A real melodic intro with drum machines, but never fear because the tempo gets turned up during the choruses. 4/5

10. Meet My Maker– Another groove laden track that is absolutely hammering. 4/5

11. Boots And Blood– This is the last track on the album and it’s pretty heavy. Ivan during the verses does more talking than singing as he is tell everyone off.

My Final Thoughts: Ivan Moody says this right on the band’s website, “If someone asked me to sum up who and what Five Finger Death Punch is, I would tell them everything they need to know is on this new record. Hands down, “Got Your Six” is our best one yet.” I really believe the band has been tearing up the scene, but do I think this is their best work yet? I’m not 100% positive about that right now because there are other albums from the band that I enjoy. I truly believe that the band absolutely tears it up on this record and it shows on every track. I am giving the record 4 stars out of five for a final grade. Check it out as it comes out this Friday (September 4TH).

fiveIn the beginning of last year we had found out that Five Finger Death Punch were going to release two albums in the same year instead of releasing one double album. Sounds like a smart marketing ploy right? It’s genius on their part because it keeps them fresh in people’s minds and they make you wait for the other half instead of giving it to all at once. Guns N’ Roses did it with the Use Your Illusion albums, but they released them on the same day. The band which is made up of Ivan Moody (Singer), Zoltan Bathory (Guitar), Jason Hook (Guitar), Jeremy Spencer (Drums), and Chris Kael (Bass) and The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1 was released back on July 30. The album featured the collaboration with Rob Halford of Judas Priest and a track with Maria Brink of In This Moment. Volume 2 was released on November 19 and it featured 12 tracks with one being a cover.

File:5FDP Battleborn Cover Art.jpgThe first track on the record is called Here To Die and it’s all guns blazing metal assault with the type of beats that will have fans banging their heads along with them. I love because Ivan does an amazing job of mixing the heavy screaming vocal style with his smooth vocal abilities. Weight Beneath My Skin starts with some heavy pummeling double bass before the groove metal laden licks kick into overdrive. Wrecking Ball is the next track and it’s your typical Five Finger Death Punch track that has the in your face style mixed with the classic pour your guts out choruses like Over And Under It for example. Battle Born was the first single released off this album back in September and it kicks ass. The track is about all the stresses of the road and how it’s easy to lose track of everything. Cradle To The Grave starts a certain way, but then out of nowhere they have this fist pumping part which leads into a sonic assault that will melt your face off. Matter Of Time is just complete and utter bonkers with the drummer shining brightly in the beginning of the track. This is truly one of the most bad ass tracks on the album because Ivan has an amazing voice that matches where ever the music is going. The Agony Of Regret features some really cool and dark acoustic guitars as the track is only a 1:41 so it’s kind of an intro. Cold starts with some pianos showing the band is very diverse and not just a one trick pony. The song is a modern day power ballad done Five Finger Death Punch style which means that some occasional double bass and some heavy guitars are included along with a kick ass solo.

five finger'If you think they were going soft, you have nothing to worry about because Let This Go brings the metal assault back in full force. My Heart Lied is next and I think the guitar riff is cool because it’s dark and apocalyptic sounding during the verses because it sounds like it lingers there over your head. A Day In My Life is the next track and its probably one of the most bad ass songs as it pummels you into the ground like a jackhammer. The last track is a cover of House Of The Rising Sun, but Five Finger Death Punch starts it out sounding like folk music before the heavy rhythm section kicks in. Out of both volumes, it’s the best cover they’ve done. Out of both volumes, I actually prefer Volume 2 over Volume 1. I just believe that it has an overall better sound to it. That is why I am going to give The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2 4.2 stars out of five.

aaEveryone was looking forward to performances from A Day To Remember, Guns N Roses, and even Zakk Wylde’s, but nobody saw this coming at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards which was Slayer opening the show as the surprise performer. One of the things people expect at this particular awards show is to see who the surprise guest performer will be, but Slayer didn’t need it as the bulldozed their way through classics South Of Heaven, War Ensemble, and the premiere of a brand new track Implode. It was especially cool to see Marilyn Manson intro the band in. Right after Slayer was done with their set, it was time to meet this year’s hosts of the show since Chris Jericho wasn’t doing it this year. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of VH1 Classics That Metal Show were the hosts and their intro was horrible. Then it was off to the first presenters of the show as Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park came out to present The Best Vocalist Award (see below for complete list of winners), then that was followed by Dave Navarro and Jill Janus of Huntress presenting the Best Live Band Award.

a dayFrankie Palmeri of Emmure came out next to present the next live band of the night which was A Day To Remember who brought something completely different than Slayer, but they pleased the crowd as the band performed hit songs such as Right Back At It Again, End Of Me, and their closer All I Want. They were the second band to perform and still no surprise guest on stage with which is unusual at this point in the show. Then there was some technical difficulties as we waited for the cameras to show us Tony Hawk and Carmen Electra who were presenting the best live band award which was won by Avenged Sevenfold. They weren’t at The Nokia Theater, but they were brought in via satellite from a gig in Minneapolis where they gave the award away to a fan from the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of members from Memphis May Fire came out next to present the best new band award.

maxThen the legendary Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with the sexy brand new lead singer of Arch Enemy Alissa White-Gluz to intro The Pretty Reckless who were the next band to perform that night. Taylor Momsen is beautiful and very sexual on stage as most of you may know, but she has an amazing band that backs her up as they had one heck of a performance. The band performed their tracks Fucked Up World, Heaven Knows, and Going To Hell. Zakk Wylde would eventually come out to do a special Piano performance of In This River to pay tribute to all that have fallen over the years, but who was working the special video screwed up saying that Jani Lane was the singer for Motorhead. Then more technical difficulties plagued the show as we waited for Suicide Silence to take the stage to perform for the first time with their brand new singer Eddie Hermida. The band would play the tracks You Only Live Once and No Pity For A Coward, but it was their last song that was amazing. The band brought out Max Cavalera of Soulfly/Sepultura fame and they performed Roots on stage together that had me saying thank God someone finally had a guest on stage.

joan jettAlice Cooper presented The Golden God Award to Joan Jett who mentioned The Runaways. After her speech, she wanted to perform, but they nixed it so that Alice could introduce the performance. She opened up her performance with a rocking version of Bad Reputation which was tearing up the house. The next track she performed was a track that she had written with Dave Grohl called Any Weather which captured the spirit of the Blackhearts. Then Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were on fire with the next song I Hate Myself For Loving You for which she was joined onstage by Taylor Momsen. What I didn’t understand is that after the performance was done they performed it again to which Billy Gibbons would join them on stage to be the cheerleader. It was one heck of a performance anyways, but I believe they may have been shooting a version for television.

gnrAndrew Dice Clay came out to present the video montage for Axl Rose while Nicolas Cage presented Axl Rose of  Guns N Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course from that point on, we were wondering how long it was going to take for the band to actual perform. The crowd was definitely anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage as we also knew that Duff McKagan would be performing with the band. The band eventually came out and started rocking right away with It’s So Easy. The band would blaze through one of my all time favorite tracks Welcome To The Jungle with a killer intro by DJ Ashba. One thing I will admit is that Axl’s vocals were a little off tonight when it came to his high notes. Then for the third track of the night they would dig into their latest album Chinese Democracy with the Better. The band would then perform This I Love from Chinese Democracy. Then the band kicked into the kickass Use Your Illusion II track You Could Be Mine. The band would continue with Sweet Child Of Mine and a Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/November Rain medley after Axl introduced the whole band to the crowd. My final thoughts on the show is that I thought it could have been executed a little bit better than it had been in the past. I certainly miss having Chris Jericho hosting the show, but after a while the boys from That Metal Show did fine.


Best Vocalist- Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Live Band- Rob Zombie

Most Dedicated Fans- Avenged Sevenfold

Best New Talent- Twelve Foot Ninja

Paul Gray Best Bassist- Chris Kael

Best Drummer- Arin Ilejay

Comeback Of The Year- Deep Purple

Best Film & Video- This Is A Wasteland by Pierce The Veil

Song Of The Year- Lift Me Up by Five Finger Death Punch

Most Metal Athlete- Josh Barnett

Golden God Award- Joan Jett

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist- Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates

Album Of The Year- 13 by Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses

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