Monday, August 12, 2019

Chris Kael about new drummer: "He's going to be the best drummer in the world"


Chris Kael recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. An excerpt follow.

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On replacing longtime drummer Jeremy Spencer with Charlie "The Engine" Engen:

Chris: "We had Jeremy for quite a while, and obviously, you're going to form a bond both musically and personally. Getting Charlie in here — he reminds me a lot of me when I first joined. Really excited, completely professional. He stays true to what Jeremy was playing but adds little small stuff that's his own thing. We're all locking in. I'm telling you, this dude is driven. He's going to be the best drummer in the world. His drum solo that he is doing out on stage right now — I think you can find part of it online right now — he does a drum solo over the 'Stranger Things' theme song, then busts into this crazy, like technical, prog shredding thing at the very end. Dude's amazing. It's fun out there watching him, not only watching his technical prowess, but just seeing just how good of a dude this dude is as a person and seeing him light up onstage. Like I said, he reminds a lot of me of me when I first joined the band and it's good to see it through those eyes again."

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Five Finger Death Punch released 'Outlaws Remix' of Blue on Black


Five Finger Death Punch is proud to present the 'Outlaws Remix’ of “Blue on Black” featuring iconic guest artists Brantley Gilbert​, Kenny Wayne Shepherd​ and Brian May.
Proceeds from the song collaboration are being donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation​ in support of First Responders. So buy the song here to give your support. You can listen to the song below.

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Chris Kael: "Ivan Moody and I have leaned on each other during sobriety"


Chris Kael recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow.

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On when Five Finger Death Punch plans to release new music:

Chris: "We are kind of playing it by ear right now. We just got out of a session in the studio in June. This tour that we're on now, is kind of a break in between studio sessions, so we go back in August once we get back to Vegas again. We're writing some great stuff in there. We're in the best mindset we've ever been in, collectively as a band. I can definitely feel that in the studio. Early on in this cycle right now with the recording process, we have got three monsters that we've written and recorded in the studio. Having these three huge beasts in the can already, excited about playing out here live, then getting back into the studio…I can only imagine what the rest of the record is going to be like. Just playing it by ear. I don't know if it's going to be 2019, 2020. I play bass, so I don't get that information. [Laughs] I'm the last to find out, but I'll be out there on the release date picking it up with you guys."

On replacing longtime drummer Jeremy Spencer with Charlie "The Engine" Engen:

Chris: "We had Jeremy for quite a while, and obviously, you're going to form a bond both musically and personally. Getting Charlie in here — he reminds me a lot of me when I first joined. Really excited, completely professional. He stays true to what Jeremy was playing but adds little small stuff that's his own thing. We're all locking in. I'm telling you, this dude is driven. He's going to be the best drummer in the world. His drum solo that he is doing out on stage right now — I think you can find part of it online right now — he does a drum solo over the 'Stranger Things' theme song, then busts into this crazy, like technical, prog shredding thing at the very end. Dude's amazing. It's fun out there watching him, not only watching his technical prowess, but just seeing just how good of a dude this dude is as a person and seeing him light up onstage. Like I said, he reminds a lot of me of me when I first joined the band and it's good to see it through those eyes again."

On his sobriety, which recently passed the year-and-a-half mark:

Chris: "After a year, I stopped counting days. It feels good. Ivan Moody and I, both of us, have leaned on each other during sobriety and have been pillars for one another. There were many times back in the day where we were ready to throw down, mouths running, alcohol in there, just angry. But now I'd have to say he's probably my best friend out here on the road. We've been good for each other in sobriety. It's a whole different vibe than what it used to be."

Zoltan Bathory about new album: "Don't care how long it takes to complete it"


In a brand new interview with "The Art And Span Show", Zoltan Bathory was asked to clarify his recent claim that the group upcoming eighth album will see him and his bandmates "shifting back to that heavier side" of their sound.

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"This answer will cause a debate in certain forums," Zoltan said. "But, look, a lot of people listen to super-heavy music, and for them, they look at us like, 'Ah, that's a radio band,' or whatever. And people who listen to radio will say, 'Oh, man. That's way too heavy for us.' So we are kind of on the cusp, in between. Obviously, we have a lot of heavy, heavy songs.

"I would say 'heavier' in a way that we're kind of gravitating back toward this big groove style of metal, so when you do that, it actually feels heavier," he continued. "You can play something super technical, and it's not gonna feel as heavy as some sludgy, big groove. It just feels heavier. So it's not necessarily faster, it's not necessarily angrier that way."

Zoltan added: "The songs that are there right now, [they have] probably the biggest grooves, the heaviest grooves that we have written. And then also there are a couple of songs that Ivan [Moody] already did the vocals on that are just different — not heavy, but different. I think it's gonna very diverse. And in the end, we'll see how many or what songs we'll put on the record. We kind of like to keep it in balance. But I feel like — again, I'm just predicting it — let's say we write five more ballads or five more slower songs, that would change the equation, but I don't think it's gonna go there. I can see this very coherent picture — okay, this is gonna be a little bit denser, heavier. I wouldn't say darker, but it's the grooves, I think."

Zoltan Bathory, the band is taking its time to complete the new LP, which is once again being recorded with the band's regular producer, Kevin Churko, in their hometown of Las Vegas.
"We are fairly comfortable with the record," he said. "It will take as long as it takes. We have one objective — it has to be good; it has to be the best we have done so far. So if we can finish it [and get it out this year], we'll finish it. And if not, then next year. We don't care how long it takes."


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ivan Moody sings U.S. National Anthem in Camdenton, Missouri (Video)


Five Finger Death Punch has uploaded a new video blog from the road. The video from the band's July 16 concert at Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton, Missouri, including video of Ivan Moody singing the national anthem to the hundreds of servicemen and women in the crowd and gifting one of his microphone stands to a cancer survivor.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Listen to a preview of the new Five Finger Death Punch album


Five Finger Death Punch released a video with a snippet of their new music. You can listen to the new songs by the video below.

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Tickets for Five Finger Death Punch U.S. headlining tour on sale now


Five Finger Death Punch announced a U.S. headlining tour this fall. Tour will start on November 1 with two special kick-off shows in the band's hometown of Las Vegas on November 1 and 2 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Three Days Grace, Bad Wolves and Fire From The Gods will join 5FDP on the fall tour. Tickets are on sale now!

Tour dates:

Nov. 01 - Las Vegas NV @ The Joint @ Hard Rock
Nov. 02 - Las Vegas NV @ The Joint @ Hard Rock
Nov. 05 - Tucson AZ @ Tucson Arena
Nov. 07 - El Paso TX @ Don Haskins Arena
Nov. 09 - Corpus Christi TX @ American Bank Center
Nov. 10 - Beaumont TX @ Ford Park Center
Nov. 12 - Baton Rouge LA @ Raising Cane's River Center Arena
Nov. 13 - Huntsville AL @ Von Braun Center Arena
Nov. 15 - Pensacola FL @ Pensacola Bay Center
Nov. 16 - Ft. Meyer FL @ Hertz Arena
Nov. 18 - Jacksonville FL @ Vystar Veterans Arena
Nov. 20 - Columbia SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Nov. 22 - Greensboro NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Arena
Nov. 23 - Chattanooga TN @ McKenzie Arena
Nov. 26 - Columbus OH @ Nationwide Arena
Nov. 27 - Youngstown OH @ Covelli Centre
Nov. 29 - Knoxville TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
Nov. 30 - Charleston SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
Dec. 02 - Norfolk VA @ Norfolk Scope Arena
Dec. 03 - Allentown PA @ PPL Center
Dec. 05 - Toledo OH @ The Huntington Arena
Dec. 06 - Lexington KY @ Rupp Arena
Dec. 08 - Peoria IL @ Peoria Civic Center
Dec. 09 - Fort Wayne IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Dec. 11 - Madison WI @ Alliant Energy Center
Dec. 12 - Duluth MN @ Amsoil Arena
Dec. 14 - Omaha NE @ CHI Health Center
Dec. 15 - Des Moines IA @ Wells Fargo Arena