CD Review: Five Finger Death Punch "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2"

Part deux of 5FDP’s audacious groove-metal epic reveals the band’s weird knack for pop songcraft—as though the buzzsaw blade of Vol. 1 was tempered with a dash of, dare we say, emo (a genre guitarist Zoltan Bathory openly despises).
By Jon D'Auria ,

Part deux of 5FDP’s audacious groove-metal epic reveals the band’s weird knack for pop songcraft—as though the buzzsaw blade of Vol. 1 was tempered with a dash of, dare we say, emo (a genre guitarist Zoltan Bathory openly despises). That’s not to say it doesn’t bang heads, and ChrisKael is a key part of the assault. “Weight Beneath My Sin” finds him trading Metallica-like low blows with drummer Jeremy Spencer, while the sublimely aggressive “Wrecking Ball” is a study in pedal-point-to-the-metal technique.