Five Finger Death Punch's fourth studio effort will be a double album that the band will release in two installments, according to a press released issued by the group on Wednesday (May 1st). The first volume of the yet-to-be-titled album will arrive on July 23rd, with the second half to surface sometime later this fall. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said, "We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the fourth record . . . (we) 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."
- Bathory added, "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 guitarist told us a while back that everyone in Five Finger Death Punch is capable of coming up with music: "You know, it's important to write songs. There was a time when people couldn't be in a band if they couldn't write songs or they couldn't play their instruments. In this band, that's how this band was kind of assembled, like everybody's a top shelf musician. Everybody can really kick ass, and we have a singer who can sing. And then we write songs."
- The band will introduce the first single from the new album, called "Lift Me Up," via a live performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Thursday night (May 2nd) in Los Angeles. The performance will feature a special surprise guest.
- The studio version of the song will premiere on U.S. radio stations on May 13th and will be available for purchase online May 14th.
- Five Finger Death Punch will co-headline the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer alongside Rob Zombie, with the tour kicking off in San Bernardino, California on June 29th.
- The new double disc follows up 2011's American Capitalist, the group's third studio album and its third consecutive release to reach gold status for sales of half a million copies or more.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- A number of acts like Stone Sour and Coheed And Cambria have been releasing double albums recently. Is this a new trend?
- Just because a band can issue two albums worth of material, should they?
- Do you find that your patience is tested by some of these double albums?
- Is it better to put both out at once or spread them apart like Stone Sour did and like Five Finger Death Punch is doing?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Jesse Pinkman wrote: "They seemed cool when they first came out but after hearing the last album its like they're rehashing the same formula in every song."
So Sick wrote: "These guys couldn't suck more if they tried. Frankly, I'm convinced they're trying."
dallaswillis wrote: "Double albums tend to hurt careers...lets hope so."
artie pufkin wrote: "I don't give a f*** what anyone says...FFDP F***ING ROCKS!"
Lalste wrote: "First sign of the Apocalypse."
Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory On Writing Songs
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