Five Finger Death Punch
A Decade of Destruction Vol. 2

Label: Better Noise Music
Three similar bands: Divine Heresy/God Forbid/Bad Wolves

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Blue on Black
2. The Tragic Truth
3. Broken World
4. I Refuse
5. The Pride
6. Hard to See
7. When the Seasons Change
8. Cradle to the Grave
9. Sham Pain
10. M.I.N.E. (End this Way)
11. Hell to Pay
12. Never Enough
13. Walk Away
14. Wrong Side of Heaven (Acoustic)
15. Trouble (Felmax Remix)
16. Wash It All Away (Joe Hahn Remix)
17. Bad Company (The Five Finger Dim Mak Steve Aoki Remix)

Zoltan Bathory – rhythm guitar
Ivan Moody – lead vocals, keyboards
Chris Kael – bass, backing vocals
Charlie Engen – drums
Andy James – lead guitar

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, Volume 1 (2013)
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 (2013)
Got Your Six (2015)

And Justice For None (2018)
F8 (2020)



Released 2020-10-09
Reviewed 2020-12-20


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Five Finger Death Punch is a band that has become very successful with platinum sales, awards, and stuff. Everytime I hear them I ask myself why is that? Why have they succeeded when there are millions of other similar bands out there that are just as good? Does the world thirst for generic modern metal/rock? Judging by what is released it is easy to draw that conclusion and looking at these guys even easier. They did release volume 1 to this best of only three years ago and it was successful reaching platina sales recently, and it has been on the Billboard 200 for a long time running. I can’t help but asking.

So, this is the best that Five Finger Death Punch has to offer? I ask myself again, why have they done so well, why not any other of the countless and nameless bands that I listen to and forget, that are just as good as these guys? It has to be the memorable name. This best of has some value in the unreleased Broken World that is a decent track. Then there are some remixes of old songs, but the fact is that the album is generic, inoffensive and dull – rated for children – maybe that is the recipe for their success, family entertainment?

A quarter of the album is from the uninteresting And Justice for None, that is quite telling, I think. They haven’t selected the best but rather the songs that don’t scare anyone away. They do easy songs that you like and then quickly grow bored with after you have bought the album, and it is generally such songs on this compilation. A compilation I think is released only to make money, considering that F8 show that they don’t really have any fresh ideas so why not capitalise more on the old stuff? My thought goes to the waste of resources that making an album always is, how much plastic and crap is required to make the physical stuff for a totally pointless album like this? Especially these days when people have their music in phones or digital music players, we can all do our own compilations if we want to, and they are probably better than this one. Greed is the reason for this crap.

We have now established that this album is a waste, and no one should buy it, but from the purely musical standpoint it is pretty much okay, some good tracks and most of them decent. But also pretty generic and pretty lame, not something I would consider letting spin in my music player. And I have to say that even a fan should say fuck you to the band and dismiss an album like this – releasing stuff like this is a repulsive act towards the fans.