It was only a matter of time before glam-metal rejects started getting in on the euro nu-metalcore bandwagon. But with a line-up that consists of former members of Tuff... err W.A.S.P., Motograter, U.P.O. and sadly, the much-slept on Anubis Rising; Five Finger Death Punch's members constitute a veritable bargain bin supergroup.
Sadly the bargain bin is about where this latest album belongs too. A glossy, overly forced collection of by the numbers metalcore with nu-metal overtones and a few rock ballads, "The Way Of The Fist" is about as generic as it gets. Do we really need a big ballsy lite version of self-titled era Slipknot in 2007? Weren't there 8000 other bands doing this back when Y2K was about to wipe us all out?
Sure there's some decent riffing going on if you can get past the cheesy choruses like "step to me, step to me motherfucker! Shut your face, it's your turn to die!" But the tepid cleanly sung ballads that go on and on and toss in a few throaty screams on painfully predictable cues are unbearable. If you want a stale rehash of two trends that are already dead and dying, then here's your chance to take it on the chin. For the rest of us, this way of the fist sounds more like the way of the desperate cash-in.
(2 / 5)