Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer

Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer
With a name like Five Finger Death Punch, one could reasonably think that their music would be on the extreme side of heavy and brutal. But the L.A.-based band have never delivered and have always been trapped in the nu-metal category. But with their second full-length, War Is the Answer, and the way their debut, The Way of the First, sold, it's safe to assume that despite the consternation by metal heads about nu-metal's commercialism, this is where they want to be. Good songs, great vocals by Ivan Moody, tight drumming by Jeremy Spencer, but the tracks are formulaic as hell. "Dying Breed" sounds exactly like Slipknot's "The Heretic Anthem" and the rage that's expelled seems forced. Songs like "Falling in Hate" are technically tight but lyrics like "Is this right/is this wrong/you and I/don't belong" leave the sensation one gets from eating a huge meal then being hungry an hour later. (Prospect Park)