“American Capitalist” is a Rich and Punchy Musical Experience
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012 13:04
From the first few riffs of the guitars and pounding of the drums, modern thrash metal band Five Finger Death Punch proves that its third major album, “American Capitalist” is packed with energy, anger and commentary on life in present-day America.
What makes this album special compared to other metal protest albums?
Well, the answer lies between the furious singing verses, and the clean vocals echoing hope. In the incredibly catchy choruses, Five Finger Death Punch paint a picture of people who want something different and better for their future.
The lyrics also speak of death, war, patriotism, and terrible relationships.
There are a few songs that reign over others. They include the album’s title single, “The Pride,” which reigns supreme for its chorus set behind many backing vocals.
Throughout the CD, the music switches mostly between talented vocalist Ivan Moody’s clean voice and his growling voice, while the empowering synthesizer plays in the background.
“Generation Dead” is a song that proves to be a haunting reminder of how truly cold the world can be when you are left with a partner or leader who doesn’t care for you. It’s intensified by its use of a distorted bass guitar intro and a chorus featuring a four-part harmony from the band.
“Remember Everything” creates an interesting contrast with the rest of the album with the lead singer begging his family to reaccept him for his flaws.
Being a much more spirited and well written song, “Remember Everything” seems to be a take on some of Nickelback’s slow songs from the mid-2000s.
There are a few tracks that fall short, including “Menace,” which comes to mind for its unimpressive verse and chorus pattern that simply drops flat when compared to the other songs on the album.
In a year hard for rock and roll music with dub step, and pop music ruling the charts “American Capitalist” is most likely the best heavy metal album of 2011.