Our top ten Five Finger Death Punch songs looks at a band who are one of the most popular mainstream metal bands of today who are from Las Vegas and have released eight albums since their formation in 2005. The band’s line-up consists of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, bassist Chris Kael, guitarist Andy James and drummer Charlie Engen.
They released their debut album The Way of the Fist in 2006 which was followed by War is the Answer in 2009. Their third record American Capitalist was released a year later Their next album was a two-part record with both parts being released in 2013. This was titled The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell. Their next album Got Your Six was released in 2015. In 2017 they released their next record A Decade of Destruction, And Justice For None. The next album F8 was released in 2019. They are reportedly working on a ninth album as well as a re-recording of their debut album.
Five Finger Death Punch combine a wide variety of styles that make up a unique mixt hat all adds up to a classic modern metal sound. They combine melody with heaviness and have an aggressive style which is a perfect accompaniment to their lyrics which are often dark in nature, often dealing with real life hardships that the band have been through in their personal lives. As a result of this they have built up a large and loyal following of fans, many of whom are of the younger generation who have grown up with their music.
Since the release of their debut, they have proved to very commercially successful with several of their albums reaching platinum status and most of their singles entering the various Billboard charts, often in high places. The have embarked on many successful live tours during the course of their career with many of the biggest bands in the current metal scene. Beyond this, they have also had the pleasure of working several all-time music legends when they collaborated with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. They had previously recorded a cover of his song “Blue on Black” and Shepard liked it so much that he asked them to collaborate with him on another version of it which also featured Queen guitarist Brian May and country singer Brantley Gilbert. This version of the song combined all of the respective artists different styles and was a charity single to support the Armed forces charity founded by actor Gary Sinise.
The band’s popularity has led to them receiving many accolades over the course of their career, with most of their records being nominated for various awards, many of which they have won. The awards ceremony which they have won the most awards for is the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards and the Bandit Rock Awards.
Here is a list of their ten best songs.
# 10 – The Bleeding
This first track is the lead single from The Way of the Fist released in 2006. It is a personal song that is about Ivan Moody’s break up with his fiancé. The song had its own promo video which saw actress Danielle Harris playing his girlfriend. Harris is known for having two roles in the Halloween franchise.
# 9 – Got Your Six
Up next we have the title track from the band’s sixth album released in 2015. The title comes from a term used by the army and refers to the difficulties that bands often face when they become a part of the music industry. It is a very aggressive song that is bound to get fans moshing at live shows.
# 8 – Full Circle
With our next track, we go to 2020’s F8. This album which is seen as a “rebirth” is a very reflective and personal one for the band. Ivan Moody talks a lot about his personal struggles which involve addiction and also friends who he has lost. One of them is the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington who tragically took his own life in 2017.
# 7 – Wrong Side of Heaven
This song is taken from The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell. This song is easily one of the band’s most poignant as it shows their support for the armed forces. Its video deals with the subject of homeless veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
# 6 – Lift Me Up
This next song is also taken from the fourth album and features Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on guest vocals. When it was released, it topped the Spotify chart beating artists such as Mariah Carey. It also won Song of the Year at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
# 5 – The Tragic Truth
This song was recorded for 2011’s American Capitalist but did not make the final cut due to not being mixed on time. It was included on the iTunes edition of the album This is a shame as it is a great and emotional track that deserves to be heard as part of the actual album.
# 4 – Under and Over It
Here we have the debut single from American Capitalist. It got to seventy-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The lyrics deal with that of false internet rumors spread by the band and how they feel that trolls who spread them are pathetic and not worth getting annoyed over.
# 3 – Inside Out
This is the lead single taken from F8. Upon its release it got to number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. In addition to the album version there is also a radio edit version. Apart from the intro title track, it is the first proper track on the album, thus making it essentially the opening track.
# 2 – Wash It All Away
This was the second single from Got Your Six which reached number one on the US mainstream rock chart. Like a lot of the band’s songs, it has a positive message which is about rising above the problems that you go through in life and becoming a better person as a result of it.
# 1 – Far From Home
At number one on our Five Finger Death Punch Songs we have the final single from War Is the Answer. It entered Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart at number thirty-three and peaked at number four. It was also in the respective Rock Songs chart where it entered at forty-five and peaked at fourteen. It was featured on the TV show Criminal Minds. It was a track that took some time to work on before being put together.
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