Defend the Indefensible: Five Finger Death Punch

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I got an press release hyping the band's second "greatest hits" compilations so someone has to rep for them.
It won't be me! Though this thread gives me a chance to post my favorite use of this meme.

But really... Anyone? Or is 5FDP the only band we can all agree has no redeeming value?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 21:59 (one month ago) link

lol @ the first greatest hits being called A Decade of Destruction and the second once called A Decade of Destruction, Volume 2.... released three years later

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 22:05 (one month ago) link

I wrote a big piece on them for Stereogum in 2015. They haven't changed much in the intervening five years; Ivan Moody still sounds like a roid-ragey Corey Taylor and the riffs are still all floor-punch, all the time, but I've got a whole lot less time for support-the-troops/Blue-Lives-Matter/Punisher-skull metal than I did five years ago. I'll admit that sonically, their records still do it for me in a really thick-necked, atavistic way, but I don't listen to them often.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 22:13 (one month ago) link

I was going to post that they're quite fun in a goofy way but realised I had them confused with Twelve Foot Ninja.

chap, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 22:30 (one month ago) link

They're another one of these popular rock bands that seem somewhat puzzling and intriguing since they are really mainstream phenomena but I don't know anyone (other than unperson) who listens to them and never come across their music on my own despite liking rock music and working with kids. I listened to "Wash It All Away" tonight; it was actually fairly hooky and energetic, maybe not TOO different in its appeal from stuff like Ghost or Andrew WK. Didn't know they had this whole history with the military.

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 00:44 (one month ago) link

I will do no such thing, fuck FFDP!

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

i find this video and song absolutely hysterical, so they have that going for them

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 16:15 (one month ago) link


Oor Neechy, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:54 (one month ago) link

The only person I know IRL that loves this band is a friend from college, who is in the military (I understand they have a huge following there). She inexplicably went from being basically a hippie in college to a Punisher skull/blue line posting military lifer in the last two decades.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:57 (one month ago) link

I watched a video for their track This Is War, from a month ago, it's kinda fascistic.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 22:27 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I am not watching their new video, however here is what Loudwire had to say about it:

New Five Finger Death Punch Video Depicts Mask-Wearers as CommunistsThe video opens with a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, "Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures," before launching into the action. The clip, shot in Los Angeles, starts with a Nancy Pelosi-esque political figure praising mask-wearers for being "compliant," even presenting them with a button displaying the Communist sickle emblem. There's also nods to zombies hoarding toilet paper and a work camp for the "People's Republic of America."

But eventually an uprising takes place with people ripping off their masks to head into a violent battle carrying American flags in pursuit of the female leader.

There are plenty of other symbolic nods throughout the video, including "The Great Awakening" flashing during a newscast, which is a reference to QAnon. There are also black-clad figures on leashes that are held by the female leader. They break free to start destroying property, which appears to be a reference to Antifa.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory, who conceptualized the video, states, "America is a beautiful idea that draws immigrants like myself from all over the world to the promised land of equality, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This idea is now under siege and certain events are starting to remind me of the things many of us came here to escape."

He adds, "It’s not a 'left against right' problem but an evolutionary problem. The growing pains of a civilization that without the necessary spiritual enlightenment, arrived a bit early to a level of technology where everyone is connected. The good news is that now everyone has a voice. The bad news is that now everyone has a voice."

"So we are living in the manipulators’ paradise, where liars and hypocrites run unscathed, the news are just opinions, politics are a blood sport, and facts are determined by consensus instead of the truth. We as artists, however, have a unique opportunity to portray and ridicule the absurd to prevent it from becoming reality," concludes the guitarist.

So yeah, fuck these guys.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 16 October 2020 15:47 (one week ago) link

"the bad news is that now everyone has a voice"

Dinglebarista (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 October 2020 15:49 (one week ago) link


I know for a fact that a certain terrible nameless band who dropped a video today charged $250 for people to do karaoke with them lmao worry about that first

— halloween town concrete (@heckhammer) October 16, 2020

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:47 (one week ago) link

Makes me really happy that this band is so beloved by the military.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:51 (one week ago) link

I was momentarily sad to discover that their new guitarist was in the rather godlike Fields of Nephilim but I checked and he was only in the band for a few years recently and didn't appear on any of their albums.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

"we can't help but notice you can only play D5 chords - out you go"

Dinglebarista (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:19 (one week ago) link

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