By Seth Evans
Released on May 18, Five Finger Death Punch’s newest album “And Justice for None” was something fans have been waiting for since late 2015. After getting a taste of new music on the greatest hits album “A Decade of Destruction,” fans were waiting by their clocks for the album to drop. But after all that hype and anticipation, we were left with nothing more than a steaming pile of garbage.
Most of the songs on this album sound very similar to previous albums. From first to last, we hear more of the same catchy guitar riffs, upbeat percussions and general themes of both hatred and self-reflection. For example, take a look at the third radio single for the album, Fake.
It’s a very straightforward song about hatred for the politicians who make our laws. With lines such as “You smile and wave with your borrowed fame But everybody sees through the lies,” it’s not hard to figure this out. But we have heard the same thing before on previous releases.
Their most notable releases have themes regarding hatred for our governmental system and their treatment of both our veterans and active military servicemen.
Furthermore, this song is very similar to their platinum hit Burn. Both Fake and Burn feature similar guitar work and percussion instrumentals. The only real difference is the lyrics of both songs.
Besides taking shots at the government, lead singer reflects on his struggles both internal and external. In the popular song “Sham Pain.” Lead singer Ivan Moody fires back at the people that have attacked him in recent years. From their former label Prospect Park to media outlet Blabbermouth, Moody takes shots at those that have tried to bring him down.
In the second half of the song, he goes into more self-reflection about himself. He paints a picture of himself going through the motions of each day without even really caring about himself or the outcome. Everything about life was just all sham pain to him.
The instrumentals on the album are very much the same as before. The guitar riffs are very groovy and upbeat, with very few solos and riffs which standout. The percussions, written by drummer Jimmy Spencer, are once again both stale and unamusing. The overall instrumental composition is nothing that is going to win the band any awards.
Even though most of the album is overall garbage, there are a small handful of notable standouts. For example, on the cover of The Offspring’s “Gone Away,” they took an upbeat song about losing a loved one and turned it into a tear-jerking ballad. Later in the album, we come to “Will the Sun Ever Rise.” This beautiful power ballad paints a picture of a dark cloud hanging over your head for so long that you begin to question whether things will ever get any better.
These along with the other slower songs off “And Justice for None” is the putty that holds the entire album together. Without them, this album would have fallen flat on its face.
Overall, I give “And Justice for None”a 4/10. If it wasn’t for the slow songs and covers, there would be nothing good to say about it.