Five Finger Death Punch: Got Your Six

A solid LP, peppered with 40 minutes of massive instrumentals and melodies you simply can’t ignore...
Release Date: 
4 Sep 2015 (All day)

It’s time to open up the fucking pit again and mosh what’s left of your sanity to the ground  – no doubt about it, it’s happening musically; accompanied by Five Finger Death Punch’s sixth studio album Got Your Six.

Although the band’s presence has been dominated by unfavorable stories in the tabloid press lately, there is no afflication when it comes to their ability to create the destructive power, the energetic  sound and addictively brutal feeling of what we know as 5FDP. Produced by long-time companion Kevin Churko, with whom they worked together since War Is The Answer (2009), Got Your Six is what you would expect from 5FDP at this stage in their career, still refreshingly new and not trite at all.

Kicking it off with the self-titled opener, 5FDP waste no time to clarify who’s the boss here. They’re back, they’re brutal and you better not fight back. Pumping drum beats and heavy iconic riffs flavored with Ivan Moody’s bestial vocals instantly satisfy your ears in the old-fashioned death punched manner.
 
Jekyll and Hyde, which was released in June 2015 as the lead single of the album, shows again the band’s undeniable talent of writing songs which simply remain in your head long after the album has finished its spin. Melodic anthems with fresh choruses and prominent hooks. Although not being my ultimate favourite on the album, Jekyll and Hyde definitely works as a lead single. Listening to the verses you can’t help but get a little feeling of Slipknot – who could dislike that?

Plain and simple - Wash It All Away is grand and hopefully is considered as the next released single. Driven by catchy guitar melodies and mid-tempo drum arrangements, brilliant vocals and empowering authentic lyrics, the song simply pushes through to the top of the list. Let me put it another way; if Rob Zombie and Disturbed had a baby, and that baby was raised by 5FDP.... in a circle pit, it would be called Wash It All Away.

Ain’t My Last Dance, My Nemesis, No Sudden Movement and Question Everything are all strong and respectable tracks, although if comparing these tracks to the previous; they just seem a little bland. But that’s high-level whining....
 
Hell To Pay, continues with the style of the album, dominated by a chorus that is destined to stay in your head. Digging My Own Grave is the only ballad on Got Your Six, intermitting the powerful monster attitude of the album. Although the song seems like an ambitious attempt to recreate the sensational Coming Down from 2011’s American Capitalist. In my eyes, definitely the weakest song on the longplayer. Gladly, Meet My Maker  immediately washes away the bad taste of Digging My Own Grave – fast, loud, aggressive and simply hard. Just to be sure, skip back to Wash It All Away if Meet My Maker wasn’t enough to clean up the mess – the name should say it all.
 
Boots and Blood completes this album’s style to the finest point – probably one of the best live songs and the perfect piece to finish Got Your Six, leaving you with the urge to listen to the album all over again....

Summing it up, Got Your Six is a favorable piece of heavy music and definitely a solid LP, peppered with 40 minutes of massive instrumentals and melodies you simply can’t ignore. Fans of 5FDP get what they want – and if you’re not a fan yet – you get a 30 second head start in the pit…