Five Finger Death Punch to release double album in two installmentsFive Finger Death Punch will release their fourth studio record as a double album in two installments, with Vol. 1 hitting stores on July 23 and Vol. 2 scheduled for later this fall. Prospect Park will release the albums in North America, Eleven Seven in all other territories. Helming the sessions at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio once again was The Hideout's owner, Kevin Churko, the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer, who has also previously worked with Ozzy Osbourne and In This Moment, among other acts.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory reveals: "We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the fourth record. Everybody was in the right headspace and the band tighter than ever so it was a perfect storm. We jumped in head first and found ourselves 12-13 songs deep fairly quick but were still coming up with better and better material so we looked at each other and said... Ok, why stop there?... Let's keep going. Once we passed the 24th song, we knew we're going to have to do a double album. We had this massive amount of music that's very dear to us, possibly the best material this band has ever created. At that point there was no way to decide which songs to leave off the album. So we made the decision to release them all."
The band will kick off the new album cycle by introducing the first single, "Lift Me Up", with a live performance featuring a very special surprise guest at Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony in Los Angeles this Thursday where the band will appear live alongside Metallica, Stone Sour and Halestorm, amongst others. The show will be streaming live on Axs Tv and Xbox Live. The studio version of the song will premiere in the U.S. on radio on May 13 and will be available for purchase online May 14.
In June, Five Finger Death Punch will return to Europe for a tour of major festivals including Sweden Rock (June 6), Germany's Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park (June 8 and June 9) and the U.K.'s Download festival at Donington Park (June 16), concluding the run with a performance at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony in London.
Upon the band's return to the U.S., the band will co-headline the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival alongside Rob Zombie, kicking off in San Bernadino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheatre on June 29. The travelling festival will stage appearances in 26 markets.
An audio snippet of a new Five Finger Death Punch song, "Here To Die", taken from the band's forthcoming fourth album, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Five Finger Death Punch's third album, "American Capitalist", was certified gold last year for sales of 500,000 copies. Not only is it the band's third album, but it is the third consecutive release from the group to reach the gold mark, with previous efforts "The Way Of The Fist" and "War Is The Answer" also selling more than half a million copies each. "American Capitalist" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart when it came out in October 2011.
Five Finger Death Punch's most recent tour was last summer's Trespass America trek, also featuring Killswitch Engage, Pop Evil and others.
Snippet of new song "Here To Die":