Friday, September 27, 2013

Aftershock review: Five Finger Death Punch

I'd been looking forwards to seeing and hearing Five Finger Death Punch, and I was not disappointed.

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Ivan Moody
From the dark, arty set with cut-metal backdrop and an intriguing mic stand, to the high-energy musical performance, it was a visual and audible treat.

Ivan Moody is a fascinating frontman. One moment, he's the archetypical heavy-metal, thrash-death songster. He's a sprite who leaps around the stage, a blur of movement. He's the angry guy you don't want your daughter to bring home... then suddenly, and above all, he's the naughty boy at the back of the class, pulling the girls' hair, flicking spit-balls across the room, but never really getting into trouble, because he carries a cheeky grin and twinkle that says "oops" and saves him every time.

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Zoltán Báthory
Not an easy show to photograph: back-lit, dark, with constant movement. I hope these do it justice.

I plan on seeing them again.

Their fifth studio album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2, is due to be released on November 19th, (Volume one has been available since July 30th this year.) If you buy the deluxe edition, you receive two discs (or the equivalent download): one is studio recordings, one a live album.

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Chris Kael
Five Finger Death Punch are currently touring Canada, the USA, then off to the UK and Europe, and then Australia. If you catch them on the North America side, you'll also see Gemini Syndrome (a great reason NOT TO MISS this tour), and also Escape the Fate. In Europe, they are with Avenged Sevenfold and playing major arena venues in England! All said--a great tour, well worth the price of a ticket. Bring me along with you, please.

To see the full set of photos from Five Finger Death Punch at Aftershock 2013, click on any of the photos, or click here to go directly to the gallery. 

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