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Escape The Fate – I Am Human

Posted in Alternative, CD, Rock with tags , , , on 26th May 2018 by Pieni

Escape The Fate
“I Am Human”
Alternative Rock
Released: 30th March 2018
Via Eleven Seven Music

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Escape The Fate have conquered a few million fans over the past decade with their modern alternative rock. That’s still the best way to describe their sound, although with “I Am Human” it has lost a bit of its original edge. One could say it’s heading towards a more mainstream direction, but let’s face it – they’ve always been down that road. But now there’s a refinement to it, a maturity that gives texture to all the catchiness and class to the briskness. Some of the guitar work has even hints of the eighties, the solos in “I Will Make It Up To You” and “Beautifully Tragic” being the most notorious.

On the other hand, we have more “up-to-date” tunes, such as “Empire”, featuring this decade’s trend of blending the most spirited anger with the most fetching melody. Speaking of melodies, the mandatory ballad comes in the form of “Bleed For Me”. Not exactly extraordinary, but it serves its purpose of touching your heart.

Touching are also the lyrics of “If Only”, contradicting the chirpy acoustic chords provided. The kind of song you associate with Summer camps, even if these usually don’t bear so much regret. “Let Me Be”, however, is lighthearted enough to make you want to dance to its rhythm and sing-along cheerfully.

The title-track is quite seductive, but my personal favorite is “Do You Love Me” – the bass in this album is so overlooked that it’s refreshing to feel its vibrancy in this song.

All in all is a pretty pleasant record. Its new path didn’t take such a dramatic detour – especially when you’re able to recognize the step forward it represents in song-writing – but indeed some of the most hardcore fans of the band may be disappointed. At the sane time, “I Am Human” is prone to gain them a handful of new ones.

3,5/5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Five Finger Death Punch post 3rd track-by-track video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 23rd October 2013 by Pieni

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Five Finger Death Punch have just released their 3rd track-by-track video regarding their upcoming “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell – vol. 2” (out on November 19th). The track under the spotlight is “The Agony Of Regret”:

See here the links for the other two videos, “The House Of The Rising Sun” and “Weight Beneath My Sin”, and check the official sites of the band for more info:

http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
https://www.facebook.com/fivefingerdeathpunch
https://twitter.com/ffdp
http://www.youtube.com/user/5fdp
https://myspace.com/ffdp

Five Finger Death Punch on the cover of the 250th special edition of Metal Hammer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell – vol. 2” (read our review of vol.1 here) will be released on November 18th, but a career-spanning compilation album is now exclusively available with the 250th special edition of Metal Hammer.

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As done with volume 1, Five Finger Death Punch will also release track-by-track videos regarding volume 2 and a couple of them are already online:

The Animals‘ cover “House Of The Rising Sun”:

“Weight Beneath My Sin”:

5FDP online:
http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
https://www.facebook.com/fivefingerdeathpunch
https://twitter.com/ffdp
http://www.youtube.com/user/5fdp
https://myspace.com/ffdp:

Buckcherry to release “best of” compilation and to tour Europe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th October 2013 by Pieni

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Having released “Confessions” early this year, LA rockers Buckcherry will now gather 12 of their top tracks in a compilation simply called “The Best Of Buckcherry”. The release date is set for October 28th and you can pre-order it here.

Track listing:
01 Lit Up
02 For The Movies
03 Ridin’
04 Sorry
05 Next 2 You
06 Everything
07 Crazy Bitch
08 Rescue Me
09 Rose
10 All Night Long
11 Gluttony
12 Nothing Left But Tears

In support of both albums, the band will embark on an European tour, co-headlined with Swedish Hardcore Superstar, that will finish with 8 UK & Ire shows:

5/11, Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
6/11, Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
8/11, Essigfabrik, Koln, Germany
9/11, Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
10/11, Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
12/11, Backstage Halle, Munchen, Germany
13/11, Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
15/11, New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
16/11, Estragon, Bologna, Italy
17/11, Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
19/11, Colo-Saal, Aschaffenberg, Germany
20/11, Le Forum, Vaureal, France
22/11, Koko, London, England
23/11, Kabash, Coventry, England
25/11, The Ritz, Manchester, England
26/11, ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
27/11, Limelight 2, Belfast, N. Ireland
29/11, Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
29/11, Rock City, Nottingham, England
2/12, Academy, Bristol, England

Buckcherry online:
http://www.buckcherry.com/
https://www.facebook.com/buckcherry
https://twitter.com/Buckcherry
http://www.youtube.com/user/BuckcherryOfficial

Escape The Fate announce shows in Europe

Posted in News with tags , , , on 28th September 2013 by Pieni

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Currently touring the USA with Five Finger Death Punch, post-hardcore Escape The Fate will head to Europe afterwards. With the return of original bass player Max Green and Thomas “TJ” Bell resuming his duties on the rhythm guitar, the band will continue promoting the “Ungrateful” album on the following dates (including the Vans Warped Tour):

Nov. 9, Arena (Vans Warped Tour), Berlin, Germany
Nov. 10, Klokgebouw (Vans Warped Tour), Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov. 11, Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom
Nov. 13, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov. 14, 02 Academy 2, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov. 15, Academy 2, Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov. 16, Alexandria Palace (Vans Warped Tour), London, United Kingdom
Nov. 17, Trix, Antwerpen, Belgium
Nov. 18, Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
Nov. 19, Strom Linienclub, Münich, Germany
Nov. 21, Cycle Club, Calenzano, Italy
Nov. 22, New Age, Treviso, Italy
Nov. 23, Festhalle (Vans Warped Tour), Berne, Switzerland
Nov. 24,Stadthalle (Vans Warped Tour), Vienna, Austria

Meanwhile, a video for the song “One For The Money” has been released:

Escape The Fate online:
http://www.escapethefate.com/
https://www.facebook.com/escapethefate
https://twitter.com/escapethefate
http://www.youtube.com/escapethefate

Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side Of Heaven… vol.1

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Pieni

Five Finger Death Punch
“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1”
Metal
Released on 30th July 2013
Via Prospect Park (U.S.A.) and Eleven Seven Records (rest of the world)

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As annoying as it is to read so many words in just one title, I can assure you that the quality of its contents is directly proportional to its size: HUGE!

Nothing much has changed from “American Capitalist” and that’s the beauty of it: Five Finger Death Punch created ten brand new songs using the same characteristics as before but without sounding repetitive.

“Lift Me Up” counts with those familiar cranking guitar riffs that one recognizes as 5FDP’s and the guest vocal appearance by the one and only Rob Halford is just the icing on an already yummy cake.

Jeremy Spencer has always had a thing for double bass drumming, but in “Watch You Bleed” he shows just how catchy that can be.

Both “You” and “Burn MF” are quite antagonistic, the former having Ivan Moody in use of his harsher tone with the speed and belligerent force of a machine gun. Their counterweight comes in “Wrong Side Of Heaven” and “M.I.N.E. (End This Way)”, the power-ballads that 5FDP are also famous for.

“Diary Of A Deadman” is almost an instrumental track, full of liquid guitars and heavy beats, the few lyrics in it spoken – as in a diary – proving that if Moody wasn’t such a brilliant musician, he had a promising future in radio hosting, given the depth of his voice.

The other three original songs come in pairs, as they all have guest singers in them and the band decided you should also know how those songs sounded like without the guests. So Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) half-sings, half-speaks in his native language Portuguese in “I.M.Sin”; Maria Brink from In This Moment is featured in both versions of “Anywhere But Here”, although in the first one she only does background vocals/sounds, and in the second she sings a proper duet with Moody – and don’t think this means we’re talking about a ballad; and finally “Dot Your Eyes” has the help of Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Kingdom Of Sorrow) “coring up” the tone a bit.

In the previous paragraph I didn’t use the word “original” by chance: “The Wrong Side Of Heaven…” also includes a cover song, and it’s important to say so as 5FDP did it in such a way that it actually sounds as their own: a metal version of a hip hop hit by L.L. Cool J, “Mama Said Knock You Out”. And to maintain a certain level of its true nature, the band invited Tech N9ne to rap away part of the lyrics.

I don’t know how volume 2 will be like, even though I strongly suspect it will be in the same mold as this, but the combining fierceness, melody and groove in this “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” has already put the “Vegas Knuckleheads” in my annual best-of list of releases.

5 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino