On July 27, Fret 12 conducted an interview with guitarist Jason Hook of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH backstage at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois. Jason explained how his 18-year long friendship with drummer Jeremy Spencer led to his audition with this band after its first record. Being on the road with ALICE COOPER helped Jason cut his teeth on the live circuit, while his musical skill became an asset to the band's writing and eventually their very unique signature sound. You can now watch the chat below.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1", sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011's "American Capitalist", sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3.
The group's 2009 sophomore album, "War Is The Answer", moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold.
"The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" is the first half of a two-record set, with the second half due to arrive sometime this fall.
After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases.
First single "Lift Me Up" features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.