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

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The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
Studio album by Five Finger Death Punch
ReleasedJuly 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)
Recorded2012–2013 at The Hideout studios, Las Vegas, Nevada
GenreHeavy metal, groove metal, alternative metal, hard rock
Length41:56
LabelProspect Park
ProducerKevin Churko
Five Finger Death Punch chronology
American Capitalist
(2011)
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
(2013)
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2
(2013)
Singles from The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
  1. "Lift Me Up"
    Released: May 2, 2013
  2. "Mama Said Knock You Out"
    Released: March 25, 2014
 
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The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
Studio album by Five Finger Death Punch
ReleasedJuly 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)
Recorded2012–2013 at The Hideout studios, Las Vegas, Nevada
GenreHeavy metal, groove metal, alternative metal, hard rock
Length41:56
LabelProspect Park
ProducerKevin Churko
Five Finger Death Punch chronology
American Capitalist
(2011)
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
(2013)
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2
(2013)
Singles from The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
  1. "Lift Me Up"
    Released: May 2, 2013
  2. "Mama Said Knock You Out"
    Released: March 25, 2014

The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch and the first of two albums to be released by the band in 2013.[1] It was released on July 30, 2013. Preorders for the album went up on iTunes on June 18, 2013. The album debuted in the United States Billboard 200 charts at #2, their highest chart position in that country, with 113,000 copies sold.[2]

Background[edit]

On February 15, 2013, Five Finger Death Punch announced that they were working on their fourth album. On March 18, the band posted a promotional video for an upcoming tour with a new song titled "Here to Die".[3]

On May 1, 2013, the band announced that they would be releasing two studio albums in the year, with The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 being released on July 30, and Volume 2 following later in the year. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said of the band's decision to release two albums:

"We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the 4th record. Everybody was in the right headspace and the band tighter than ever so it was a perfect storm. We jumped in head first and found ourselves 12-13 songs deep fairly quick but were still coming up with better and better material so we looked at each other and said... okay why stop there?... let’s keep going. Once we passed the 24th song we knew we’re going to have to do a double album. We had this massive amount of music that’s very dear to us, possibly the best material this band has ever created. At that point there was no way to decide which songs to leave off the album. So we made the decision to release them all."[4]

Singles[edit]

The album's opening track and lead single is "Lift Me Up", and is known for featuring Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford. The band debuted the song live during the 5th Annual Golden God Awards. It was subsequently released as a single on May 14. Singer Ivan Moody remarked that "just to work alongside an icon like Rob Halford, The Metal God, was absolutely surreal." Moody has said of the song's lyrical themes: "The song itself was originally written about overcoming everyday obstacles and less-than-perfect situations. Most of us weren't born with a silver spoon in our mouth, but if life dealt you all the wrong cards, you still have to play."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Artistdirect5/5 stars[7]
Jukebox:Metal5/5 stars[8]
Loudwire4/5 stars[9]
Melodic5/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic2/5 stars[11]
Ultimate Guitar3/5 stars[12]
Tapp Out Music3/5 stars[13]
Regular Edition

All songs written and composed by Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory, Jason Hook, Jeremy Spencer and Kevin Churko, except where noted. 

No.TitleLength
1."Lift Me Up" (featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest)4:06
2."Watch You Bleed"  3:43
3."You"  3:03
4."Wrong Side of Heaven"  4:31
5."Burn MF"  3:37
6."I.M.Sin"  3:39
7."Anywhere But Here" (featuring Maria Brink of In This Moment)3:45
8."Dot Your Eyes"  3:15
9."M.I.N.E (End This Way)"  4:06
10."Mama Said Knock You Out" (featuring Tech N9ne) (LL Cool J cover)2:47
11."Diary of a Deadman"  4:44
Total length:
41:56
Deluxe Edition
Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
12."I.M.Sin" (featuring Max Cavalera)3:39
13."Anywhere But Here" (Duet with Maria Brink of In This Moment)3:46
14."Dot Your Eyes" (feat. Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed)3:15
Total length:
51:56

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Charts[edit]

Chart (2013)Peak
position
Australia Albums Chart[citation needed]13
Austria Albums Chart[citation needed]5
Canadian Albums Chart[citation needed]3
Finnish Albums Chart[citation needed]7
German Albums Chart[citation needed]4
New Zealand Albums Chart[citation needed]26
Swedish Albums Chart[citation needed]14
Swiss Albums Chart[citation needed]34
UK Albums Chart[citation needed]21
US Billboard 200[citation needed]2
US Rock Albums[citation needed]1
US Hard Rock Albums[citation needed]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Charts (2013)Position
US Billboard 20091[14]
US Billboard Rock Albums21[15]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch Announce New Album | News | Rock Sound". Rocksound.tv. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell" Vol. 1 Globally Debuts as #1 Rock Album". Five Finger Death Punch. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch - 2013 Tour Reel". March 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "FFDP: Press Release Announcement for Two New Studio Albums!!!". Five Finger Death Punch. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  5. ^ comments policy  35  comments posted. "Five Finger Death Punch on Rob Halford: 'The Guy Is an Icon' | Music News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  6. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Allmusic Review". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  7. ^ Florino, Rick. "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Artistdirect Review". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  8. ^ Ellis Davis. "Jukebox:Metal review". 
  9. ^ Bowar, Chad. "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Loudwire Review". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  10. ^ Andersen, Jörgen. "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Melodic Magazine Review". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  11. ^ J., Nash. "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Sputnikmusic Review". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  12. ^ "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Ultimate Guitar Review". Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  13. ^ "The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side - Tapp Out Music Review". Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2013/the-billboard-200?page=9
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2013/the-billboard-200?page=9