The Way of the Fist

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] This is the band's only release with guitarist Darrell Roberts.

The Way of the Fist
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 31, 2007
Recorded2006–2007
StudioNext Level Studios in Los Angeles, California and at Complex Studios in Los Angeles, California
GenreGroove metal[1]
Length
  • 38:58
  • 49:26 (re-release)
Label
Producer
Five Finger Death Punch chronology
The Way of the Fist
(2007)
War Is the Answer
(2009)
Singles from The Way of the Fist
  1. "The Bleeding"
    Released: July 10, 2007
  2. "Never Enough (appears on the 2008 re-release)"
    Released: July 15, 2008
  3. "Stranger than Fiction (appears on the 2008 re-release)"
    Released: September 17, 2008
Alternative covers
"Iron Fist" edition
"Iron Fist" edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3.5/5 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]

ReissuesEdit

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] One of the tracks on disc two "From Out of Nowhere" was originally played live. They later recorded it and released it on the second disc.

Track listingEdit

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(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
2008 re-issue bonus tracks and disc one of "Iron Fist" edition
No.TitleLength
11."Never Enough"3:29
12."Stranger than Fiction"3:20
13."The Bleeding" (acoustic)3:37
Total length:49:26
Disc two of "Iron Fist" edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."A New Level" (Pantera cover)Pantera4:00
2."From Out of Nowhere" (Faith No More cover)Mike Patton3:24
3."Succubus (Hate Me)" (demo) 3:09
4."Salvation" (live) 3:45
5."The Way of the Fist" (live) 4:32
6."White Knuckles" (live) 6:16
7."Salvation" (instrumental) 3:22
8."The Bleeding" (instrumental) 4:30
9."The Way of the Fist" (instrumental) 4:02
10."The Devil's Own" (instrumental) 4:15
11."Never Enough" (instrumental) 3:30
Total length:44:43
Disc three of "Iron Fist" edition
No.TitleLength
1."The Legend of the Fist: Volume 1" (A 5FDP Documentary)49:50
2."The Bleeding" (Music Video)3:55
3."Never Enough" (Music Video)3:29
4."The Way of the Fist" (Music Video)4:10
Total length:61:24
UK edition, 2016 UK vinyl and 2019 US vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Ashes"3:44
2."The Way of the Fist"3:58
3."Salvation"3:20
4."The Bleeding" 
5."A Place to Die"3:40
6."The Devil's Own"4:12
7."White Knuckles"4:09
8."Never Enough"3:29
9."Stranger than Fiction"3:20
10."Can't Heal You"3:03
11."Death Before Dishonor"3:54
12."Meet the Monster"4:22
Total length:45:46
UK extended edition and reprinted on the 2018 US re-release
No.TitleLength
1."Ashes"3:44
2."The Way of the Fist"3:58
3."Salvation"3:20
4."The Bleeding"4:28
5."A Place to Die"3:40
6."The Devil's Own"4:12
7."White Knuckles"4:09
8."Never Enough"3:29
9."Stranger than Fiction"3:20
10."Can't Heal You"3:03
11."Death Before Dishonor"3:54
12."Meet the Monster"4:22
13."From Out of Nowhere" (Faith No More cover)3:23
14."The Devil's Own" (live)4:56
Total length:53:58
15th Anniversary Edition
No.TitleLength
1."Ashes"3:44
2."The Way of the Fist"3:58
3."Salvation"3:20
4."The Bleeding"4:28
5."A Place To Die"3:40
6."The Devil's Own"4:12
7."White Knuckles"4:09
8."Can't Heal You"3:03
9."Death Before Dishonor"3:54
10."Meet the Monster"4:22
11."Never Enough"3:29
12."Stranger Than Fiction"3:20
Total length:45:58
Canadian version
No.TitleLength
1."Ashes"3:44
2."The Way of the Fist"3:58
3."Salvation"3:20
4."The Bleeding"4:28
5."A Place to Die"3:40
6."The Devil's Own"4:12
7."White Knuckles"4:09
8."Can't Heal You"3:03
9."Death Before Dishonor"3:54
10."Meet the Monster"4:22
11."Never Enough"3:29
12."Stranger than Fiction"3:20
13."The Bleeding" (Acoustic)3:36
14."The Devil's Own" (Live)4:54
Total length:53:58
Japanese edition
No.TitleLength
1."Ashes"3:44
2."The Way of the Fist"3:59
3."Salvation"3:20
4."The Bleeding"4:28
5."A Place to Die"3:40
6."The Devil's Own"4:12
7."White Knuckles"4:09
8."Never Enough"3:29
9."Stranger Than Fiction"3:20
10."Can't Heal You"3:03
11."Death Before Dishonor"3:54
12."Meet the Monster"4:22
13."The Bleeding" (Acoustic)3:36
14."Never Enough)" (Music Video)3:29
15."The Way of the Fist" (Music Video)4:10
16."The Bleeding" (Music Video)3:55

SinglesEdit

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

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
Main.

[8]
2007 "The Bleeding" 9
2008 "Never Enough" 9
"Stranger than Fiction" 16

ChartsEdit

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 28
US Billboard 200[10] 107
US Billboard Heat Seekers[10] 1

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist". Punknews.org. October 12, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist Review". About.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Five Finger Death Punch Debut Album To Be Reissued As 'Iron Fist Edition' Box Set". Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2010-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Featuring Ex-W.A.S.P., MOTOGRATER Members: Debut CD Due In April". Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch Signs With Firm Music". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist: 'Our Fans Are Diehard!'". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2007-08-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Releases Free Track To Fans". Blabbermouth.net. Apr 8, 2008. Archived from the original on April 14, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Single Chart Positions".
  9. ^ Suomen virallinen lista
  10. ^ a b "Five Finger Death Punch – Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic.