Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Few bands are as consistent as hard-driving Las Vegas metallers, Five Finger Death Punch. Every album is going to be packed with the band’s signature of power grooves, Zoltan Bathory‘s rivet gun style rhythms, Jeremy Spencer‘s machine gun double bass bursts, and Ivan Moody‘s brutal vocals and angry, disenfranchised lyrics. Nothing has changed in that regard with the band’s sixth studio effort, Got Your Six.
Got Your Six is trademark Five Finger Death Punch, which is both boon and bust for fans. On the plus side, the band has kept this record heavy and aggressive. It is as in your face as the band’s earliest works, and Kevin Churko provides solid production as usual. The downside is too much of this record is too much of the same.
The title track, which serves as the album’s opener is textbook Death Punch, from the fast-paced opening riff and thundering drums to the raging vocals, and baleful lyrics. The band introduces some minor keyboard elements and Jason Hook does offers up some nice melodic fretwork. Not much hook to the chorus on this one. It feels generic.
The album’s first single, “Jekyll and Hyde” seems a bit contrived, with Moody’s almost rap-like vocal delivery. The song was conceived from the singer’s late night rambling’s left on bandmates’ voicemails. Still it is a fun addition to the band’s catalog and should go over well live.
The highlight of the first half of the record comes courtesy of “Wash it All Away”. The track is a mid-tempo chugger, with one of the album’s best choruses, and a nice rolling riff. Chris Kael‘s bass adds the perfect rumble here. This should be the album’s next single.
“Ain’t My Last Dance” returns to Moody’s typical lyrical content and tired tirade–screw the world, screw you, I don’t care what you think, I will prevail… Ivan needs to expand his lyrical base because it has become monotonous. The music doesn’t do much to elevate the track. This feels like filler as does “My Nemesis”.
The tempo and intrigue picks up with “No Sudden Movement”, with its charging rhythms and pummeling drums. Hook unravels a fantastic solo on this one; his best on the album. This leads into the most diverse track on the record, “Question Everything”. There is more nuance and atmosphere on this song, and Moody provides his most emotive performance. There is even a nice acoustic interlude from Hook rather than a dazzling guitar solo.
While Moody claims there is no ballad on Got Your Six, “Digging My Own Grave” fits that mold precisely. “Meet My Maker” serves as the stand out track on the bottom end of the record, with catchy riffing and a solid chorus.
The album closes out with the pointless Moody cuss-fest “Boots and Blood”. This is perhaps the worst song FFDP has ever recorded and it suggests that the recent turmoil the band has endured may be a sign of a larger problem. Any of the three bonus tracks on the Deluxe edition would have been a better choice to replace this song. In particular, “You’re Not My Kind” offers a propulsive and hooky attack. Why this was left off the standard edition is a mystery.
Got Your Six offers plenty of attitude and aggression as one might expect. There are some solid tracks here mixed with too much of Five Finger Death Punch‘s archetypal material. The band wanted to make a statement with Got Your Six, but what they ended up with was a decent, but somewhat redundant album. The guys have reached a plateau in their career and Got Your Six does little to take the next step up.