Five Finger Death Punch maintain an edge in ‘Remember Everything’
Los Angeles-based thrash suit Five Finger Death Punch’s latest album, “American Capitalist,” supplies a hefty bout of crisp, rowdy rock music, textbook-perfect for the mosh pit. But on the band’s latest single, “Remember Everything,” Zoltan Bathory, Jason Hook, Chris Kael, Ivan Moody and Jeremy Spencer show many shades of sound and power, pulling back and presenting an emotional ballad that isn’t necessarily something expected from the brawny men.
“Remember Everything” is buoyed by (mostly) gentle guitars and Moody’s deeply genuine lyrics, and while the ditty is certainly shades lighter than the album’s chart-topping “Under the Over It,” band members show that they can even make their ballads roar. As character for Five Finger, the song is a powerful, emotionally tense track, packed with classical music-inspired passageways.
Moody’s words paint the picture of a man glancing back at his childhood in deep reflection: “Dear mother, I love you / I’m sorry I wasn’t good enough / Dear father, forgive me / Cause in your eyes, I just never added up / In my heart I know I failed you, but you left me here alone.” The song comes off as both an apology and accusation, as the chorus peaks: “If I could hold back the rain, would you numb the pain? Cause I remember everything / If I could help you forget, would you take my regrets? / Cause I remember everything.”
The amount of edge packed into “Remember Everything” is what makes Five Finger Death Punch stand out among their hard rock contemporaries, and it’s what makes them bring their own unique voice and vision to the ballad. If you’re a fan of Five Finger’s screaming anthems and haven’t checked out their softer music, start right here.
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