By Thomas Cowley
Five Finger Death Punch recently released the single “Battleborn” from their upcoming album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2, debuting on November 19th. The first half of the double album has received positive reviews, sold over 210,000 copies, and the single “Lift Me Up” topped the charts making it the bands most successful album to date. So naturally there are a lot of eyes on the quality of the second half.
Most of the songs on The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 are similar to the stand out hit, “Lift Me Up”; full of the high octane riffs and unbridled rage of a band who has made a name for themselves by vocalizing what I’m sure most of us feel at some point throughout the day. However, there is also a nice mix of calm, vocal melodies, such as “Wrong Side of Heaven” and somber, introspective regret in the spoken song “Diary of a Deadman”. So basically everything we have come to expect from one of the most successful metal bands out today.
So where does “Battleborn” fit into all of this? The first song that immediately came to mind while listening was “Remember Everything” off of their 2011 album, American Capitalist. The slower pace and frank lyrics are full of emotion and even bitterness that immediately relates to nearly everyone who has ever felt alone. Compared to the previous album, the song that “Battleborn” most closely resembles is “Wrong Side of Heaven” While the new song is not as melodic, there tone is incredibly similar. The vocal vary between emotional and something resembling a battle cry while the guitar transitions between a beautiful pace, and a crunchy metal solo that is in every aspect a Five Finger Death Punch solo.
The single “Battleborn” is not a heavy metal track like so much of Five Finger’s usual stuff, but it does fit neatly in their smaller selection of slower, emotionally driven songs that show how much deeper the bands music can go when they want it to. The song is what we have come to expect from the L.A. group but I do not believe it to be a prelude to the entire second album, but rather one of those few tracks that stands out amongst the rest of their more traditional heavier songs.
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 debuts November 19th 2013.