FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new single, "Under It And Over It", will debut tomorrow (Wednesday, July 27) on radio stations nationwide as well as online at RevolverMag.com. The single art can be seen below.
"Under And Over It" is the debut single from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's third album, "American Capitalist", which hits stores on October 11. The CD was recorded at The Hideout in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko, who helmed Ozzy Osbourne's 2010 effort "Scream".
"This record crystallizes the sound of DEATH PUNCH," says guitarist Zoltan Bathory. Singer Ivan Moody adds, "I literally laid every ounce of blood I had on this one. We are a people's band. Our fans understand us because of who we are. We've never tried to be anybody else but FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. If you're inclined to please the whole world, you've got to take a step back and realize that at the end of the day, you have to be you first and foremost. Otherwise, you're useless to anyone else."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH worked on the set in Las Vegas, which four of its five current members call home, and Zoltan Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio living and working in Sin City can be distracting. "Writing a record is not like a nine-to-five job," he said. "It's a 24/7 job, you know. Once you're done with the studio, you have to go home and we still, you know, keep writing. So that's how it gets distracting because, you know, you kind of you worked already whole day, you want to relax, but in the second you want to relax for a second, Las Vegas will get you. You know, there's always something going on and you have to force yourself to not be distracted."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH played its first show with new bassist Chris Kael on July 1 at Boonstock in Gibbons, Alberta, Canada. Check out photos of the concert at this location.
Kael replaced Matt Snell, who left the group late last year for reasons that have not been disclosed. Originally from Kentucky, Kael moved to FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's home base of Las Vegas to pursue playing music full-time. He said in a statement about landing the job, "Never give up on your dreams I'm living proof that with hard work and a little bit of luck, they can come true."
Zoltan confirmed to HardDrive Radio in April that Snell was let go back in December, but was unable to speak about the reason for Snell's exit for contractual reasons.
Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that Snell's exit would not have any impact on the band's sound. "He wasn't a writing member, so it doesn't really affect how we sound like or how the songs are coming out, and especially [since] we were about to embark on the third record, it didn't matter really if the bass was gonna sound the same," he said.
"War Is The Answer" has sold 533,000 copies in the United States since its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It included the singles "Walk Away", "Bad Company" and "No One Gets Left Behind".