The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1

With the release of The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1, Five Finger Death Punch continue to walk the line between radio friendly and keeping their edge. They do as well as they always have. Their songs are catchy and memorable with a touch of aggression without being too alienating.

The band manage to sound fresh with each release, tweaking and fine tuning their sound while keeping each album sounding like the familiar hit formula. While the band really succeeds when it is at its heaviest ("Dot your eyes" and "Burn MF") it also works with more experimental tracks. The title track and "M.I.N.E (End This Way" explore the softer side of their music while "Anywhere But Here" is bordering on full on progressive.

The band back up their work with an impressive series of guest musicians including Max Cavalera, Jamey Jasta and Rob Halford. Some work some (like rapper Tech N9ne) work less well.

Overall it is a solid album if a little too safe.