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The Way of the Fist is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, released on July 31, 2007. The album sold 3,800 copies in its first week of release The Way of the Fist made its Billboard 200 debut on August 18, 2007 at No. 199 and peaked at No. 107. It has been certified gold for selling in excess of 500,000 copies as of April 1, 2010.[3]

The Way of the Fist
Studio album by Five Finger Death Punch
Released July 31, 2007
May 13, 2008 (Re-release) /November 22, 2010 (Iron Fist Edition)
Recorded 2006–2007 at Next Level Studios in Los Angeles, California and at Complex Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal[1]
Length 38:58
49:26 (Re-release)
Label Firm Music, Spinefarm
Producer Zoltan Bathory, Jeremy Spencer
Five Finger Death Punch chronology
Pre-Emptive Strike
(2007)Pre-Emptive Strike2007
The Way of the Fist
War Is the Answer
(2009)War Is the Answer2009
Singles from The Way of the Fist
  1. "The Bleeding"
    Released: July 10, 2007
  2. "Never Enough"
    Released: July 15, 2008
  3. "Stranger than Fiction"
    Released: September 17, 2008
Alternative covers
"Iron Fist" Edition
"Iron Fist" Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars [2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars


Recording and releaseEdit

The band entered Next Level Studios and Complex Studios in Los Angeles, California to record The Way of the Fist. The album was recorded with Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno (Mötley Crüe, Prong) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank) and was mixed by former Machine Head and Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader.[4] Shortly after, they signed a deal with Firm Music, a branch of "The Firm".[5] It was released on July 31, 2007, selling 5,400 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 199 on the Billboard 200 chart[6] and peaked at No. 107. The album sold an additional 1,400 copies in digital downloads its first week of release.[6]


2008 ReissueEdit

On May 13, 2008 The Way of the Fist was re-released.[7] The re-release contained three new bonus tracks, "Never Enough", "Stranger than Fiction", and an acoustic version of "The Bleeding". The three songs could also be obtained on the band's website by anyone who had purchased a copy of the original release of the album.[7]

"Iron Fist" EditionEdit

On November 22, 2010 the album was reissued again as a deluxe box set entitled The Way Of The Fist: Iron Fist Edition.[3] This version features new artwork, a documentary DVD, The Legend of The Fist Vol. 1, music videos for "The Bleeding", "Never Enough" and "The Way of the Fist", a bonus CD with 11 B-sides and rarities, trading cards, and an exclusive poster and calendar.[3]

Track listingEdit

Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ashes" Bathory, Moody 3:44
2. "The Way of the Fist" Bathory, Moody 3:58
3. "Salvation" Bathory, Moody, Snell, Spencer 3:20
4. "The Bleeding" Bathory, Moody 4:28
5. "A Place to Die" Bathory, Moody 3:40
6. "The Devil's Own" Bathory, Moody, Snell, Spencer 4:12
7. "White Knuckles" Bathory, Moody, Snell, Spencer, Roberts 4:10
8. "Can't Heal You" Bathory, Moody, Snell, Spencer 3:03
9. "Death Before Dishonor" Bathory, Moody, Spencer 3:54
10. "Meet the Monster" Bathory, Moody, Spencer 4:22
Total length: 38:58


Chart (2007) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart[8] 28
US Billboard 200[9] 107
US Billboard Heat Seekers[9] 1


Three singles were released from the album, "The Bleeding", "Never Enough", and "Stranger than Fiction".

Year Title Peak chart positions

2007 "The Bleeding" 9
2008 "Never Enough" 9
"Stranger than Fiction" 16