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Five Finger Death Punch, the evolution of the Thrash Metal of the ’90s

Five Finger Death Punch

Originally published on May 18th, 2018 at 11:11. Updated post with new music.

Heavy rhythm guitars, guitar solos with feeling, a lot of double bass drum, dark verses and melodic choruses, that’s how I define 5FDP.

Music specialists would classify them as Groove Metal. The important thing is that this band recovers the evoulution of the 90s Thrash Metal.

5FDP, American band formed in 2005. The name refers to a classic Kung Fu technique called Five Finger Death Punch. It is said that the idea was taken from films such as Kill Bill or the super chinese movie production, King Boxer.

Hit song:

Recently they have released their eighth album and I can tell you that it is one of my favorites of the band.

If this is your first time listening to 5FDP, I recommend you to start with their third work, American Capitalist, which I think is the best of his career.

Discography:

8 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
The Way of the Fist (2007)

Ashes Live

Salvation ♥ Live

The Bleeding Live

Never Enough Live

War is the Answer (2009)

Dying Breed ♥

Hard to See ♥ Video

Crossing Over

Far From Home

My Own Hell

Bad Company ♥ Video

American Capitalist (2011)

American Capitalist

Under and Over it ♥ Video

The Pride ♥ Video

Coming Down ♥ Video

Menace ♥

Generation Dead ♥

Back for More ♥

Remember Everything ♥ Video

Wicked Ways

If I Fall ♥

The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 (2013)

Lift me up

Watch you Bleed ♥

Wrong Side of Heaven ♥

Anywhere but Here

M.I.N.E. (End This Way)

The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 (2013)

Here To Die

Weight Beneath My Sin ♥

Wrecking Ball

Battle Born ♥ Video

Cradle To The Grave

Matter Of Time

Cold ♥

Let This Go

My Heart Lied

A Day in my Life

House of the Rising Sun ♥ Video

Got Your Six (2015)

Wash it all Away ♥ Video

Ain’t my Last Dance ♥

My Nenemsis Video

Question Everything

Hell to Pay ♥

Diggin’ My Own Grave

♥ = must listen

 

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When the heart breaks, but the music gives you strength to continue

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold gives us B-sides, and covers with “Diamonds In The Rough“. 

Diamonds In The Rough is an album with covers, b-sides and alternate versions of some of their most famous songs.

The A7X frontmam explained:

“It’s very typical of musicians to write 20 to 30 songs for a particular album. Most of the time, they take the best of the bunch and call it a day, discarding the rest. We have never written like that. We don’t usually finish songs unless they are fulfilling a purpose. The one exception to this was during the self-titled era. We were experimenting with our sound, producing ourselves and we had no one to reel us in.”

M. Shadows
Diamonds In The Rough album

Since the album came out I haven’t stopped listening to it and I can say that it is a masterpiece. I liked it a lot more than their previous work The Stage. Watch out! I don’t mean this one’s bad. Watch out! I don’t mean this one’s bad. It just reminds me of that turning point the band had from guttural to melodic voices.

And what are you going to find at Diamonds in the Rough? Apart from unpublished songs, two different versions of Almost Easy and the famous Afterlife, as well as 3 amazing covers of Flash Of The Blade (Iron Maiden), Walk (Pantera) and Paranoid (Black Sabbath).

Diamonds in the Rough (2020)

♥ = must listen


Originally posted on February 2018. 

Avenged Sevenfold

Our second recommendation is based on the origins. A Californian band whose members, like my first band, had known each other since high school. In 1999, at just 18 years of age, Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) was born.

The beginnings of the band, especially in the first two albums, the voice was more focused on the screaming style. It was not until the fourth homonymous album, when they began to use melodic voices.

I have great admiration for this band, since the drummer passed away (friend and founder), they continued writting music without losing their identity.

Hit song:

As a curiosity, singer M. Shadows was the first guest vocalist on Slash’s debut solo album. This collaboration was born, after A7X performed It’s Not Easy by Guns ‘n’ Roses with him.

Finally, for all the guitarists that are reading this, tell you that the lead guitar, Synyster Gates, recently opened with his father, Brian Haner (composer and producer) a virtual academy called The Synyster Gates School. Totally free.

Discography:

8 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)

Almost Easy Video

Scream

Afterlife ♥ Video

Gunslinger

Unbound (The Wind Ride)

Dear God Video

Nightmare (2010)

Nightmare ♥ Video

Welcome to the Family

Buried Alive

So Far Away ♥ Video

Victim

Hail to the King (2013)

Shepherd of Fire ♥ Video

Hail to the King ♥ Video

This Means War ♥ Video

Crimson Day

Coming Home

The Stage (2016)

The Stage ♥ Video

Sunny Disposition

God Damm Video

Creating God

Angels ♥

♥ = must listen

 

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Today is 11:11… The best day to connect to Fire From the Gods

Fire From The Gods

From the Gods releases their new work, American Sun. Powerful, fresh and very pure. Will you join me and listen to them?

Formed in 2010 in Austin (Texas). The band brings different music styles from the purest Metal, Rock, Hip Hop… to Reggae voices. As Channer explains:

“If the song calls for screaming and angry vocals I’ll do that and if it calls for something a little more melodic that’s what I do, it’s just about the emotion of the song and how I’m feeling at the moment. I like to say we wrote a rock record with a hip-hop ethos.”

Hit song:

Fire From the Gods have experienced their ups and downs since their debut album. However, they kept working to release their latest album American Sun, a Masterpiece for my ears and where I recommend you to start if it’s the first time you hear about them.

In 2017 they re-launched their first work under the name of Narrative Retold, including two new songs produced by Korn‘s singer Jonathan Davis.

In 2019 the band signed with the record label Eleven Seven, owned by Five Finger Death Punch‘s guitarist Zoltan Bathory.

The album American Sun, like Narrative Retold, deals with issues such as political unrest, technological overload and environmental apathy.

Discography:

3 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:

♥ = must listen

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Thank you Taylor Swift for showing us I Prevail

I Prevail

Welcome to my Trauma… I Prevail releases their last work and I won’t lie to you, is at the same level as we expected.

Continuing on the track of their previous work “Lifelines“, the band keeps betting on their guttural verses by Eric Vanlerberghe, with the catchy, harmonious choruses of Brian Burkheiser.

Hit song:

Getting another MASTERPIECE is not easy, even more so considering where the bar was set. They won’t let you down at all!

Trauma Album:

Originally posted on july 06th, 2018 at 11:11
I Prevail

I Prevail, american band formed in 2013. Thanks to Taylor Swift’s cover Blank Space, they made it directly into the Billboard Hot 100 list. To this day, the video has received over 46 million views.

If this is your first time listening to I Prevail, I recommend you to start with his second album, Lifelines… a MASTERPIECE.

Both albums are available in streaming on YouTube, Heart vs. Mind on the band’s channel and Lifelines can be found on Fearless Records, the channel of their record label.

Hit song:
Discography:

3 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Heart vs. Mind (2014)

Heart vs. Mind ♥

Crossrads ♥ Video

My Heart I Surrender

Lifelines (2016)

Scars ♥ Video

Stuck in your Head ♥ Video

Lifelines ♥ Video

Chaos ♥

Alone ♥

Outcast

Already Dead Video

Pull the Plug

My Heart I Surrender Video

♥ = must listen

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Hot? Your temperature must be increasing with Fever 333

Fever 333

What happens when members of LetliveThe Chariot and Night Verses get together? Well, we say hello to the band Fever 333.

On July 4th, 2017, Fever 333 performed a surprise concert in a rental truck in the parking lot of a Randy’s Donuts bakery in Inglewood, California. They presented three new tracks from their first album “Made an America“.

Hit song:

Their lyrics have a political and protest content, influenced by bands like Rage Against The Machine. Fever 333 has also collaborated with artists such as Travis Barker (drummer of Blink 182).

If this is the first time you hear them, I strongly recommend you to start with their recent second work “Strenght in Numbe333rs“, a real MASTERPIECE.

Discography:

2 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Made An America (2018)

Made in AmericaVideo

We’re Coming in Video

Soul’d Me Out

Walking in my Shoes Video

Strength in Numb333rs (2019)

Burn itVideo

Animal

Prey for me/3

One of us

Inglewood/3

The Innocent

Out of Control/3

Am I Here?

Coup D’Etalk

♥ = must listen