Five Finger Death Punch are commonly referred to as a metal band, but if you were to ask me I think the label “no bullshit, just metal” is more FFDP’s genre. Since entering the metal scene in 2007, Five Finger Death Punch have lost a lot of fans and made a whole lot more all in the space of 4 years and now 3 studio albums deep into their career.
American Capitalist first and foremost sounds basically the same as every other Five Finger Death Punch album ever released except for the fact the guitar work is tighter (especially the solos), the drum-work has improved and well the vocals still sound the same, but the vocals are one of the strong points of FFDP.
I hate to rip on the Five Finger guys so early on in this review, because I really like and respect their no bullshit approach to song-writing and musicianship, but American Capitalist (Five Finger’s third studio album) sounds like it has a whole bunch of recycled guitar riffs, not a whole album of recycled riffs luckily. I guess it’s just their thing, but the riffs sound heavily borrowed from previous albums, in some songs like the title track American Capitalist(One of my favourites on the album) it’s more obvious than others.
The opening and title track of the album American Capitalist is an awesome start to the album and a good indicator of what to expect from track 2 onwards. See if you can hear the references to their previous albums War Is The Answer and The Way Of The Fist.
American Capitalist feels like a concept album, although the guys said so in an interview that it is not a concept album, just an album with a general theme. The songs seem to flow in a way that it sounds like you’re listening to an album of songs chronicling the downfall of the US economy, with every song on the album touching on capitalist greed which is why they called it American Capitalist, of course, genius!
Much like their previous albums, especially their last album War Is The Answer, American Capitalist continues on the hate train towards American capitalistic ideals directly targeted at those who take from the world and never give anything back. Five Finger Death Punch take the direct approach going straight to the jugular attacking issues such as war and greed, and they do it so well vocalist Ivan Moody has a unique voice that works in unison with his pissed off lyrics.
One of my the best tracks on American Capitalist is definitely the track Under It And Over It it has that trademark FFDP anger, pissed off attitude and deep underlying message. The lyrics are incredibly catchy with Ivan yelling “Did you hear about the one about me being a punk? Did you hear about the one about me being a drunk and did you hear about the one about me losing my nerve or how I’m just another fucking sheep in the herd”
I wasn’t a fan of the slow songs Coming Down and Remember Everything they are some of the weakest songs on the album in comparison to the other great tracks on the album. The slow tracks sound like something the band Hinder would write and I hate the band Hinder with the passion of a thousand burning suns.
I really enjoyed the track The Pride as well. It’s basically a song naming a whole bunch of brand names, with a catchy chorus hook “I’m not selling out, I’m buying in” which sums up what the song is about, capitalist companies cramming their brands down our throats.
For what Five Finger Death Punch lacks in the guitar originality they more than make up for it with their take no bullshit song-writing approach and message delivery. I really enjoyed this album, in-fact I am almost certain it’s their best album to date, I just need to listen to it a few more times to be sure.
The track I’ll Fall second last on the album is easily one of best tracks Five Finger Death Punch have ever written, it sounds like nothing they’ve ever really written before and it’s a refreshing change.
If you liked War Is The Answer you’ll like this album, if not then as FFDP said so themselves in the track Under And Over It, “Do I care if you hate me? Do you wanna the know truth? C’est la vie, adios, good riddance, fuck you!“. American Capitalist comes out October 11th, 2011.