I would not consider myself a metal fan since I associate that genre to a group of sweaty men jumping on a stage. So Five Finger Death Punch would not have normally fallen high on my favorites list considering their genre, but they hit a certain vibe that not many metal bands ever find.
War is the Answer is definitely a hard-hitting album, with tracks like Bulletproof and Burn It Down hearkening back to their metal roots. Featuring grating vocals and drums that are practically beating you into submission, these show that 5FDP have not forgotten how to express their anger. If the entire album were made in this image, however, people like me would soon tire of the hate-filled lyrics and move on to other bands. But with tracks like Far From Home and Bad Company provide the melodic, almost sensitive, element that the album needed. The addition of Canto 34, a fantastic instrumental pointing a spotlight on the talents of the entire band, makes for a well-balanced piece of art.
The lyrics do leave more to be desired (don't expect to find philosophical epiphanies in these songs) and there is almost no intellectual progression through the tracks. Since I absolutely adore this disc, it's easy for me to say that this fault can be overlooked. But if you're one who enjoys deciphering lyrics like they're poems then you will most likely be disappointed. The emotion in every line makes up for this fault in my mind, not only from Ivan, but from the rest of the band as well. A great track that grabbed me into its world is My Own Hell, possibly because I personally connect with the sentiments in the song, presented the finesse 5FDP has while screaming and growling perfectly.
More sophisticated than their first release, The Way of The Fist, War is the Answer holds something for any rock fan willing to listen. This is one of the best purchases I have made in awhile, the more I listen to it, the more I love what they have made.