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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.


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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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.


3 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:

♥ = must listen

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Cold is back after 14 years in silence


Can you imagine if Fred Durst didn’t listen to Cold’s demo? Would we know them today? Would we know what they’ve released a new album?

It was 2000, bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind… (Family Values ’98, great concert where we could see everyone sharing the same stage), they were doing their best. By accident, I got a CD with an eye-catching album cover: “COLD – 13 Ways to Bleed“. For sure, if you’ve listened to them, you couldn’t ignore Scooter Ward‘s voice, deep, dark, melancholic and with a very strong personality.

Cold or Grundig at that time, was formed in 1996, Jacksonville (Florida). Their first album of the same name, produced by Ross Robinson, didn’t have much success. It was in 2000 with their second album “13 Way to Bleed“, when the band became widely known. If this is the first time you’ve heard of them, I strongly recommend you start here.

Hit song:

“I did experience writer’s block for the first time in my life during the process though. It was brutal, because the one thing I’ve always had left me.”

Scooter Ward

Their third album “Year of the Spider“, made them reach the top, heading into 3rd place on the Billboard chart, but also meant a year of change, professional as well as personal. Their first single, “Stupid Girl,” featured Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo. However, after this great success, the record label or the bad personal moment that was going Scooter Ward (never clarified), they stopped to promote the album.

Scooter Ward wrote for a long period many songs in his sister’s room, who had suffered a huge battle against cancer. As a result of these experiences, the title of his fourth album, “A Different Kind of Pain” was born. Unfortunately it wasn’t very successful and in 2006 Cold announced their break-up.

Finally and after 14 years in the dark, Cold returns for the pleasure of us who saw them grow up.

Curiosity: the spider’s logo defines Cold‘s music as “slow and creepy”.


5 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Cold (1998)

Go Away

Give Video


13 Ways to Bleed

Just Got WickedVideo

She Said

No One ♥ Video

End of the WorldVideo


It’s All Good

Send in the Clowns

Same Drug


The Things We Can’t Stop (2019)



Without You Video

Quiet Now

♥ = must listen

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Let’s start the new school year with Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch

What happens when you bring together two childhood friends and both are music lovers? Well, Thousand Foot Krutch is born.

Thousand Foot Krutch or TKN, is a Canadian Christian rock band founded in 1995 by singer Trevor McNevan and guitarist Joel Bruyere.

In the beginnings of the band, the current drummer of Three Days Grace, Neil Sanderson began playing with them (also a great friend of McNevan).

Hit song:

Their first works, “That’s What People Do” and “Set It Off“, were released without a record label and independently. Soon they began to gain notoriety in the music world, having the opportunity to tour with great bands like Finger Eleven.

If this is your first time listening to them, we recommend you to start with the album “The End is Where we Begin“.


8 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
The Art of Breaking (2005)


The Art of Breaking

The Flame in All of Us (2007)

The Flame in All of Us

Falls Apart Video

My Home

My Own Enemy


Broken Wing

Wish you Well

♥ = must listen

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Slipknot is ready for their sixth round. What about you?


August will be Slipknot‘s month, this band from Iowa will present their latest work “We Are Not Your Kind”. Until then, let’s check out their discography.

It was 1999, in one hand the keys of the car after passing the driving license and in the other a red CD with 9 people with masks… Slipknot was one of the first bands I listened behind the wheel and certainly a breath of fresh air in the Nu-Metal movement.

Hit song:

There is not much we can say about this band from Des Moine, Iowa, that has not been said or written. But… Did you know… ?

Corey Taylor:
Before Slipknot released their first album, in their second performance and known under the name Meld, they shared the stage with the band Stone Sour.

Spit it out:
Thanks to this hit single, the band caught the attention of record companies. Finally the great Ross Robinson, producer who bet on bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit or Deftones, took care of working with them to record their first album.

Did they always wear masks?:
Not all the time. Although the band started in 1992, it wasn’t until 1995 that they decided to use gross makeup and later masks. Finally in 1997 they decided to identify with numbers and wear customs.

Joey Jordison:
Did you know that ex-drummer Joey Jordinson had to replace Lars Ulrich (Metallica) at the Download Festival because of an anxiety attack? And the answer is yes… He couldn’t rehearse with them, so he just warmed up, reached the stage and played.

Before their fifth album, Joey had to leave the band because of a terrible disease called transverse myelitis, a form of multiple sclerosis that affected his legs and made him unable to play. Fortunately, after a long and hard rehabilitation, Joey himself confirms that he is at 100% and ready to start new projects.

All Hope is Gone:
Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard list.

.5 The Gray Chapter, tributo a un amigo:
On May 24th, 2010, bassist Paul Gray died after an accidental overdose of morphine and its synthetic substitute, fentanyl. Sad news, where Corey Taylor himself stated that it would make no sense to continue with Slipknot without Gray. Finally, the band decided to move on and pay tribute.


6 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Slipknot (1999)



Wait and BleedVideo


Spit It OutVid


Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses (2004)

The Blister Exists


Before I ForgetVideo

The NamelessVideo


All Hope is Gone (2008)


Dead Memories ♥ Video


Wherein Lies Continues


.5: The Grey Chapter (2014)



The Devil in IVideo





The One That Kills the Least



We Are Not Your Kind (2019)


Nero Forte ♥ Video

Critical Darling 

A Liar’s Funeral


Not Long For This World

Solway FirthVideo

♥ = must listen