FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will drop their new studio album, “Afterlife“, on August 19.
You can check out the official lyric video for the LP’s second single, “IOU“, below. The clip provides a first ever sneak peek into the Metaverse project the band has been working on. The interactive virtual world will be a gamified fan club experience, developed on the near photorealistic Unreal Engine and providing an extension of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s existing fan club app in the near future.
“‘AfterLife‘ was hands down my favorite record to make,” says FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory. “It is our ninth album, so at this point we have legions of loyal fans and our signature sound is more than established. It became its own island, our ground zero we operate from and we can always come back to. So when we started this record, there was an excitement of impending musical adventures. We knew we could step away as far as we wanted to; there was a freedom of truly ‘anything goes.’ This resulted in an album that is way more diverse than our previous ones while it feels more unified, because there is a framework of overarching stories in Ivan’s [Moody, vocals] lyrics and interconnecting musical motifs between songs. It was not planned as a concept album, but we were so hyper-focused on painting a complete picture, it somehow feels like one… We are very proud of it and are just as impatient as the fans waiting for the release. Can’t wait to share it.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s follow-up to 2020’s “F8” was once again recorded at the Hideout Recording Studio, the Las Vegas, Nevada facility owned and operated by Kevin Churko, the Canadian record producer/engineer and songwriter who has worked on all of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s albums beginning with the band’s sophomore release, 2009’s “War Is The Answer”.
“AfterLife” will be FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s first album with its latest addition, renowned British virtuoso Andy James, who replaced Jason Hook in 2020. James was previously featured on “Broken World”, a song that was included on the second installment of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s greatest-hits collection, “A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2“, which came out in the fall of 2020.
Exclusively curated by the band, various limited edition “AfterLife” vinyl and merchandise offerings and collectibles are also available for pre-order today in the official band and label stores.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s “AfterLife” track listing:
01. Welcome To The Circus
03. Times Like These
04. Roll Dem Bones
05. Pick Up Behind You
06. Judgment Day
08. Thanks For Asking
09. Blood And Tar
10. All I Know
11. Gold Gutter
12. The End