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Five Finger Death Punch
American Capitalist

Company: Prospect Park
Release: 2011
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: EC

  • Same harsh reality through the same calculated formula



  • One has to scratch their head by record number three. This is the same Five Finger Death Punch, the same mechanized warfare through solid refinement and precision. Ultimately this is the same harsh reality through the same calculated formula. So what is the issue with "American Capitalist"? --The muffled production job by Kevin Churko (Ozzy, Shania Twain). This thing just reeks of terrible production values, from the guitar riffs that lack any treble or highs to the kick drum that is almost transparent in this thick wall of sound. The band shoot high, pulverizing in intensity and bravado with their wicked brand of hardcore gone commercial. The ballads here (count 'em 4) are all putrid Daughtry-styled radio play but the meat and potatoes has always been within the anger and mosh madness presented by a band doing it better than most. Title track, "100 Ways To Hate" and "Under And Over It" are delicious entries in the "American Gospel" of today's metalcore hybrid with plenty of melody and focus on sing-along chorus bits. In much the same way that Soilwork plods the course of abrasive melody this band have shown that same course of action through three records and have the sales to showcase that the shoe fits domestically. Churko is still a downer.



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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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