AfterLife| Five Finger Death Punch
AfterLife’s stylistic variances aren’t enough to derail FFDP entirely, but they jarring enough to buzz at the back of the brain like a persistent mosquito. The use of electronic beats in particular often feels jarring amidst AfterLife’s mix; while by no means a St. Anger level mis-step, it does detract from the momentum and heft of the album’s heavier moments. In spite of that, Five Finger Death Punch’s talents still shine through, the right measurement of chest-beating anthems and heartfelt ballads ensuring the roll of the dice isn’t about to send them off the deep end.
The Review Geek
fterlife isn’t the most complete album from the megastars but there are segments which truly work. Five Finger Death Punch will not halt their revolution and this is another decent album to add to their ever-growing discography.
The Razor's Edge
In ‘Afterlife’ Five Finger Death Punch have delivered an album that fits with the brand they have built so far. There is nothing offensive about this album, nothing sounds bad, yet it maintains the bands lack of originality, no pushing of boundaries and contains nothing that hasn’t been done before. Five Finger Death Punch fans will no doubt love it, but this does nothing to win over the doubters.
I truly wish there were a way of speaking positively about this album, or at least shying away from sounding like a rant, but when every other word in the album is a cuss and every riff sounds like the previous one, it becomes difficult. Somebody, somewhere clearly still likes the garbage this band churns out every three years, and more power to them as they're clearly a more tolerant person than myself, and aren't likely to be reading this review anyway. For anybody else, stay well away from this dumpster fire.
Ghost Cult Magazine
It still doesn’t feel quite right for a Five Finger Death Punch album to not be a Very Big Event, Indeed, and this isn’t “the one” to change that, as strong as the singles and a couple of the cuts are. Maybe the afterlife of AfterLife will see business pick up – the live circus is rolling again and that’s where Death Punch can pick up upward momentum. It is interesting to see them looking to do a few things a little differently, even if at the moment it is the 5FDP-by-numbers that is keeping the ship afloat, there is at least intent to take things forward, and these cats are too long in the claw, and too good at what they do, for this to not have several redeeming features, still.
Wall of Sound
Am I disappointed with this album? Not in the slightest. It’s Five Finger Death Punch! I’m a fan, so I enjoy that old recognisable sound. I was hoping for some more progression and although evident in one or two tracks, it wasn’t life-changing. They’ve played it safe and fans won’t be complaining.
Metal Planet Music
Its a solid 8/10 album, is it much different from other albums, no, is it groundbreaking, no, are you going to get exactly what you expect from a Five Finger Death Punch album, 100% yes, is that a bad thing, well it doesnt seem to hurt AC/DC or Slayer so i guess not! Very enjoyable and a great album number 9!
It is hard to say what will happen to FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH going forward. They have become an arena band and will arguably remain so for the foreseeable future. It seems on current evidence that they are happy to continue spinning their wheels without really challenging themselves or their audience, sooner or later they will have to decide what comes next, or the only head banging they will hear from here on out will the sound of their own heads bouncing off the glass ceiling above them.
Five Finger Death Punch remains one of the purveyors of the genre that it operates within – along with the likes of Disturbed, Staind, and Godsmack. With AfterLife, the five-men-strong group continues to assert its relevance and influence.
`Afterlife’ turned out to be a strong album that features all the elements that 5FDP has become known for. And for fans this is an absolute no-brainer and purchase mandatory. If you’re not familiar with the work of these men, it might be time to get acquainted with their music!! In any case, this hard-working outfit deserves a chance in your favorite daily music list and I can only recommend to go and see Death Finger Death Punch live, because then all the pieces of the puzzle really come together.
A well rounded album that will please the faithful and a good introduction to Five Finger Death Punch for anyone new to the group.
Non-fans may not be entirely converted into the fray on album #9, but if you’re in the market for some swaggering rock, insatiable grooves, and some juicy vamps for good measure – Five Finger Death Punch dish up just enough alterations and assured badassery here to lure you into the great beyond.
The Dark Melody
"AfterLife" is an album that you can love or you can leave it in the trash, because this is an album that further separates the waters of a sea of metalheads, some that could qualify it as a perfect Five Finger Death Punch album, and others who hated the band even more for their intrepid and sometimes ill-advised experimentations. Only you will decide.