In the beginning of November, we will see the Las Vegas originated Five Finger Death Punch return home. The band will be playing two nights at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. With them they are bringing Three Days Grace, Bad Wolves, and Fire From the Gods.
If you’re not sure who exactly Five Finger Death Punch are, that’s okay. You very well may have seen our dreadlocked bearded friend, Chris Kael at a number of big and small shows right here in our own music scene!
Five Finger Death Punch began their career as a band in 2005, but their first release wasn’t until 2007. The debut album, The Way of the Fist, sold 500,000 copies roughly in the U.S. and the follow up to that, War is the Answer toppled over a million. This is pretty impressive for a new band who broke out onto the scene literally as the rise of streaming and downloading was among us. The guys have released five more albums since these first two, and they have easily become one of the biggest bands in modern rock within this last decade.
So what exactly is it about this band?
Although the band has been slightly a poster child for the term “bro-metal”, the guys’ fan base spans in the millions all over the world. If I had to make a guess, this is part of the evolution of modern groove metal on a more mainstream level. A number of the guys are heavily influenced by the band, Pantera along with some heavyweights in from the thrash metal genre as well. (Pantera’s groove sound and thrash metal are STILL my favorite…) If you don’t think this is definitely a part of why they’re so popular, well… I don’t really know what to tell you.
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Five Finger Death Punch are also avid open supporters of our military, armed forces and veterans. They solidified that image, and they made that work for them on a crazy level. (The imagery is very apparent in the video for “Wrong Side of Heaven.”) I think the Punk Rock MBA talked about their explosion in popularity this the best in one of his videos. You can view it HERE.
If you don’t feel like watching the video, the band basically used tribalism to build their fan base. They found something they fit in, and made it work for them and they have been very successful with this method; despite the fact that the person next to you might not be into them. At the end of the day, the band sells albums and packs venues so I can’t really hate on that at all. It’s actually very respectable.
So what can we expect from Five Finger Death Punch on these two nights of madness at The Joint? Well, I couldn’t tell you for sure… but if I know anything about their performances, it’s that they will be very high energy, and you’re likely to get two completely different performances. You might as well go both nights!
See you in the pit, Vegas!