Music / Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch is an American Groove Metal
band from Los Angeles, California formed in 2005. Their first album was released in 2007, the second album was released in 2009, and a third album came out in October 2011. A two-part fourth album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell
, was released in 2013 with Part 1 coming out in July and Part 2 in November.
Their song "Dying Breed" was featured in the 2010 remake of Splatterhouse
, and "Hard To See" was used as the theme song for TNA
's show Reaction.
- The Way of the Fist (2007)
- War Is the Answer (2009)
- American Capitalist (2011)
- The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1 (2013)
- The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2 (2013)
- Got Your Six (2015)
- Ivan Moody (Vocals)
- Zoltan Bathory (Guitar)
- Jason Hook (Guitar)
- Chris Kael (Bass)
- Jeremy Spencer (Drums)
- Caleb Bingham
- Matt Snell
- Darrell Roberts
Five Finger Death Punch provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic/ Addled Addict: Ivan Moody, and it has taken a very significant and public toll on both him and the band as a whole.
- Anti-Hero/ Noble Demon: Wrong Side of Heaven's lyrics suggest the vocalist is a cross between these two, along with the album title referencing this.
- Awesome McCool Name: Zoltan Bathory
- Badass Boast: Half of their output. Ashes however, deserves special mention, as does Bulletproof.
- Bald of Awesome: Chris Kael. Also has a Badass Beard to go along with it.
- Calling the Old Man Out: The Devil's Own, perhaps the most vicious musical example in recent memory.
- Cluster F-Bomb: To say the least....
- Concept Album: War Is The Answer has a lot of tracks that seem to be military themed. No One Gets Left behind, Far From home, Bulletproof to name a few.
- American Capitalist is similar, having a very heavy patriotic theme, albeit with sarcastic tones in several songs.
- Cover Version: From "Out of Nowhere" (originally by Faith No More), Bad Company, and Mama Said Knock You Out. They even covered House of the Rising Sun on their most recent album.
- Curse Cut Short: On "Under and Over It": "Did you know I don't care? You can suck my..." (alludes to rhyming with "prick")
- Dare to Be Badass: Their lyrics have a running theme of self-empowerment and dealing with people that have wronged you, ranging from 'you're so insignificant it's not worth being angry' to...somewhat less pacifist solutions.
- Determinator: Back For More seems to be about one.
- Hot-Blooded: Damn straight.
- Jekyll & Hyde: "Jekyll and Hyde", the lead single off of Got Your Six, seems to be about this trope.
- Kill Them All: Said word for word in White Knuckles.
- And again in American Capitalist.
- And once again in Wrecking Ball.
- Mascot: The Knucklehead, noted for his skeletal head, red, hand-shaped Facial Markings with a 5 in the middle and the spiky, four-fingered brass knuckle clenched in his teeth. He was the subject of a video parodying The Most Interesting Man in the World ads.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually an 8 or 9, but they can drop down sometimes, even going as low as a 2 or 3 on some songs.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: The narrator of White Knuckles.
- Omnicidal Maniac: White Knuckles, Burn It Down, we'd be here all day if we tried to name them all...
- Protest Song: A lot of songs come across this way, particularly on War Is the Answer.
- "No One Gets Left Behind" is an attack on politicians who exploit the military and start pointless wars for their own gain instead of actually respecting the troops and defending the country.
- Rated M for Manly: Their music consists of brutal, fast riffs over powerful percussion and enraged vocals declaring how the singer wants to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, what did you expect?
- Religion Rant Song: Salvation is sort of one, although it is more critical to religious conservatives rather than religion itself. Burn It Down could be interpreted as one as well.
- Rule of Cool: There really isn't a band out there more suited for good old fashioned wonton destruction.
- Sanity Slippage Song: Many of their songs could be taken this way, but My Own Hell is the most straightforward example.
- Soprano and Gravel: Ivan provides a rare solo version. He can go from a smooth melody to an incredibly harsh growl, usually within the same song.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Far From Home off their second album, especially after its use in Criminal Minds. There's also Crossing Over, which contains none of their signature heavy riffs or screaming vocals whatsoever. "Remember Everything" is probably the biggest example of this trope, and "Battle Born" also deserves a mention.
- Take That: They're quite...vocal critics to say the least.
- Take That, Critics!: While onstage, Ivan Moody has been known to attack "music nerds who badmouth Five Finger Death Punch on the internet from their mom's basements."
- "Under and Over It" tells their critics to suck something which rhymes with "prick".
- The Cameo: Quiet a few on Wrong Side of Heaven, including Tech N9ne on the cover of "Mama Said Knock You Out", Maria Brink of In This Moment on "Anywhere but Here", Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed on "Dot Your Eyes", Max Cavelara of Soulfly on "I.M Sin", and most famously Rob Halford of Judas Priest on "Lift Me Up."
- Title Drop: The title track off of American Capitalist retroactively does this for their first two albums:
Yeah War is the Answer like I told you before!
You're a coward with no power just a stain on the floor!
If you're a man be a man stop running your lips!
Round three no mercy/It's the Way of the Fist!
- Wrong Side of Heaven...Part 1 also does this in the title track.
- Younger Than They Look: Ivan was born in 1980, but he looks like he's in his early-to-mid-40s. Which is strange, because he was in his mid-20s when the band's debut was recorded, and looked that age.