Five Finger Death Punch has posted the first of five new track-by-track webisodes at Billboard.com in which the band discusses songs from its upcoming album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 2. The disc is out on November 19th and contains a surprising cover of the classic folk song "House Of The Rising Sun," which is highlighted in the first webisode.
The new disc is the second half of a two-record set, with Volume 1 coming out in July. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told us that having that many songs to work with allowed the group to expand its sound: "When you have 11 songs, if you start to experiment, let's say, maybe on two, three, maybe even four songs, that's like one-third of the record, right? You have your core fans and you don't want people to suddenly scratch their heads. By us doing two records, because there's so many songs, now you can afford to go six, seven, even eight songs if you want to, into some sort of a place where we experiment. So you can kind of venture away from your core sound a little bit."
- The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1 came out on July 30th and debuted at Number Two on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.
- Drummer Jeremy Spencer told Billboard about the second CD, "You can interchange any song from either (album). If you're a fan of the fist one you're gonna dig the second one . . . we wanted to make them both kind of balanced and take listener kind of on a roller coaster ride, not have 10 songs of one style on one and 10 of another style on the other."
- The first single from Volume 2 is called "Battle Born" and is accompanied by a video that celebrates the group's fans.
- Five Finger Death Punch is currently on a headlining North American tour that brings the band to Providence, Rhode Island on Friday (October 11th).
- The original author of "House Of The Rising Sun" is unknown and the song's roots may date back to the 16th century.
- The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934.
- The most successful commercial version was recorded by the English rock group The Animals in 1964, which was a number one hit in the U.K., the U.S., Sweden, Finland and Canada.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the webisode on "House Of The Rising Sun":
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Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory On Having Room To Experiment
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