Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol. 2 on 2LP
It’s always been about balance. That goal, since the beginning when Five Finger Death Punch formed in 2005, is now fully realized. The unrelenting hard work of the past eight years is all calibrated as The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, an ambitious two-album release that will affect everything to follow.
Working again with producer Kevin Churko at The Hideout Studios in the band’s home base city of Las Vegas, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell was written and recorded with an initial mindset of being just one album. The wave of creativity that resulted in twenty-three songs was measured out into a pair of companion albums only after all the tracks were complete.
The point was to release a prolific moment in time as a single body of work - a veritable double album - including matching color-coded cover artwork to thematically link the two volumes, much like Guns N’ Roses did with Use Your Illusion in 1991. Ultimately, the criteria that determined which tracks were on Volume 1 and Volume 2 came down to proper balance. One album could not overshadow the other.
“If we managed to separate the songs into two batches, that I can’t personally favor [either], then the separation is right,” reasons founding guitarist Zoltan Bathory. "Volume 2 is a little bit darker and heavier, but it’s still balanced. It’s a very melodic, polished record, but there’s plenty of anger. It’s heavy, but very musical.”
That musicality is pivotal to the band being able to artistically pursue any creative direction that comes next. The fundamental aspects established by the first three albums - The Way Of The Fist, War Is The Answer and American Capitalist - resound throughout both volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, but the new material is also fresh, a different vibe that frames an exciting progression.
The strategy of two albums worth of material provided enough breathing room to take chances - like the left field decision to cover LL Cool J or drummer Jeremy Spencer reinterpreting the 6/8 tempo of “House Of The Rising Sun” as a 4/4 rocker, and the haunting instrumental, “The Agony Of Regret.” “All that would have been too much of a departure if we had only twelve songs to play with,” Bathory admits. “But with twenty-three we could do that.”
The new songs are all vintage Death Punch style, but refined and reshaped, they showcase a redefined sound for the band. It’s Five Finger Death Punch, but broader, more willing to explore new and unexpected ideas going forward.
Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol. 2 Track Listing:
1. Here to Die
2. Weight Beneath My Sin
3. Wrecking Ball
4. Battle Born
5. Cradle to the Grave
6. Matter of Time
7. The Agony of Regret
9. Let This Go
10. My Heart Lied
11. A Day in My Life
12. House of The Rising Sun