Five Finger Death Punch kills it at UCF


Katie Curley, HJO Managing Editor

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If you hate incomprehensible screaming, insane guitar solos, metal horns and sexual innuendos; hard rock concerts might not be for you. However, it was every head banger’s dream as Five Finger Death Punch rocked the CFE Arena in UCF.

Five Finger Death Punch came to Orlando with their Wrong Side of Heaven Tour. The show kicked off at 6:10 p.m. with the little-known heavy metal band, Nothing More. It was a shame the arena was not yet filled, as this no-name band was a surprising highlight and executed an epic guitar solo to hype up the crowd.

After a short intermission the second act, Hell Yeah, a heavy metal, verging on screamo, band riled up the crowd further causing mosh pits to form and the occasional crowd surfer to pop up on the floor. The stink of cigarettes and marijuana took away from the experience a bit, but did not faze the crowd. By the time Hell Yeah finished up, air guitar solos dotted the audience, including one 50 year-old man in front of me and another a guy in a cowboy hat.

Fellow headlining band, Volbeat came on around 8 p.m. after a long break. Volbeat was the friendliest band of the night, constantly thanking the crowd and involving the younger kids; at one point crowd surfing over to a four-year-old to give him a T-shirt and inviting all the children in the audience to come on stage. But they were on for too long and their music got repetitive. By the time Volbeat stepped off stage everyone was ready for Five Finger Death Punch.

The first thing visible was the glow-in-the-dark skull mask of the drummer. Then the lights flickered and Five Finger Death Punch started with their best-known song, “Under and Over It.”

During their stage time, emotions got high during the acoustic performance of “Remember Everything,” and lead singer Ivan Moody even shed a few tears. They performed another heartfelt song, “Battle Born,” and dedicated it to those who have served or are serving in the armed forces, as the band is a huge support to the forces. Moody’s most touching moment, however, was when he invited a 17 year-old boy from the Make a Wish Foundation on stage.

Moody talked a lot in between songs, but the music made up for it as they performed their most well-known and popular songs from old and new albums. The crowd sang with every song and got into the music, the floor stepped up their mosh pits and a record number of crowd surfers appeared.

A big highlight was when drummer Jeremy Spencer changed into a red skull mask and executed an amazing drum solo;the lighting effects were perfect as every beat was captured in strobe lights. When the lights shut off, it seemed like the night had only just begun. Apparently the crowd was not ready to leave yet either. Everyone joined in to cheer Five Finger Death Punch back on stage. Moody came back to perform a solo without any music, pleasantly surprising the crowd with his un-autotuned voice. After more thank-you’s, they officially finished with their spin-off of the old song, “House of the Rising Sun.”

Five Finger Death Punch and fellow bands showed the audience that rock is definitely not dead and astonished the crowd with a performance worth waiting for. The music was loud, the solos were amazing and the crowd was fun. All of the bands were talented, and even the little known ones were worth attention. If rock is your style, a Five Finger Death Punch concert should be on your calendar. Try going to Miley Cyrus’s next concert and start a mosh pit, good luck with that.