ALBUM REVIEW: Five Finger Death Punch – A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2

Release Date: October 9th 2020
Label: Prospect Park/Better Noise Music
Website: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
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A polarising act, Five Finger Death Punch have grown to be one of the leaders in hard rock and metal. With eight records behind them and an existing greatest hits, ‘A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2’ comes hot on the heels of its predecessor with just three years between them.

Kicking off the compilation with the country tinged ‘Blue On Black’ and following up with metal balladry of ‘The Tragic Truth’, Five Finger Death Punch immediately take a different route than expected. Whilst still boasting wide choruses, full bodied screams courtesy of frontman Ivan Moody, and displaying lead guitarist Jason Hook‘s penchant for dominating solos, both tracks show how far the group have come from their breakthrough singles.

Segueing into the brand new track ‘Broken World’, thrash riffs and low growls show that the quintet haven’t forgotten the heavier side of their sound. Moving at a rapid rate and delivering solos and melodic lifts with ease, the song serves as a reminder that Five Finger Death Punch show no signs of slowing down.

With the middle of the record touching on each album, a broad spectrum of sounds are explored, from the flamenco guitar melodies found in ‘I Refuse’ to the cocksure and grooving ‘Sham Pain’, the group move through various avenues whilst still delivering stomping riffs and slick choruses at a moment’s notice.

Whilst there’s a good mix of tracks from their career on display, ‘A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2’ does choose to favour the more mid-tempo cuts as opposed to the energetic and thrash inspired numbers. That being said, when the faster tracks make an appearance they do pack a punch, as shown with the late addition of ‘Hell To Pay’ and ‘Never Enough’ giving a jolt of energy towards the end of the record.

Closing the record with a slew of remixes, a different shade of the group is uncovered. From the dubstep rendition of ‘Trouble (Felmax Remix)’ to stamping electro of ‘Bad Company (Steve Aoki Remix)’, new sounds are explored but ultimately feel tacked on the end of the record.

A fairly well structured and surprising greatest hits collection save for a clunky final act, ‘A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2’ does serve its purpose effectively. Granted, Five Finger Death Punch do include some unreleased tracks, but ultimately the record is for both die-hard fans and newcomers alike.