Five Finger Death Punch hit the Reading Festival main stage on Sunday.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH FEEL LIKE OUTSIDERS HERE Even on a bill as diverse as Reading & Leeds Festival, Five Finger Death Punch seem an odd booking for the main stage, and the crowd here is a far cry from the masses that usually greet them at Download.
In all honesty there is very little 'cool' about this lot, but what they lack in scene points they make up for in fun.
THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING By this point, FFDP have nailed being a festival band. Be it getting the masses bouncing up and down to 'Never Enough' or Ivan Moody stomping around the stage with a baseball bat for some reason (hey, would you tell him he couldn't have one?) during 'Under And Over It', they're clearly here to bring the good times.
THEY COULD DO WITH SHAKING THINGS UP A BIT If there's one flaw with FFDP's tried and tested set, it's that maybe they've got a bit too comfortable with it. They might be able to get away with atmospheric interludes while Ivan Moody changes his t-shirt multiple times at more metal festivals, but with a crowd that is full of far more curious onlookers than diehard metal fans, it stunts their momentum.
It also feels cynical when the frontman drops a massive porky about wanting to, "Play all night if they were allowed" before finishing their set quarter of an hour early.
THEY DO JUST FINE, NONETHELESS Five Finger Death Punch are the underdogs today, and that's a position they haven't been in for a long time.
This may not go down as the highlight of the weekend, but they're such a well oiled machine with a large arsenal of hits at their disposal that they can still chalk this up as a victory.
There are far worse ways to spend the afternoon than head banging with a beer in your hand to the likes of 'The Bleeding'.