August 25, 2010

GODSMACK will team up with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH for a North American tour in the fall. So far the following dates have been announced:

Oct. 03 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillion
Oct. 05 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct. 06 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Center
Oct. 08 - Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center
Oct. 09 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 10 - Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Park

"The Oracle", the fifth album from GODSMACK, sold 117,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.

GODSMACK's last album, "IV", opened with 211,000 units back in May 2006 to land at No. 1. This figure was a bit less than the 267,000 units registered by GODSMACK's third CD, "Faceless", back in April 2003, and the 256,000 first-week tally achieved by 2000's "Awake".

Produced by frontman Sully Erna and Dave Fortman, who has worked with MUDVAYNE and EVANESCENCE, among others, "The Oracle" is another lyrical and musical touchstone for the four-member band. The new album revels in GODSMACK's scorching underpinnings, served up via Erna's monster vocals on "Cryin' Like A Bitch" and other songs, including "Saints And Sinners", "War And Peace" and "Love, Hate, Sex, Pain".

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH performed the songs "Bad Company" (a cover of the track originally done by the group of the same name) and "Hard To See" on the August 17 episode of ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (which actually aired the morning of Wednesday, August 18).

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's version of "Bad Company" appears on their 2009 sophomore album, "War Is The Answer".

The Pulse of Radio recently caught up with Moody, who talked about how FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH first started doing the song. "On the first album, we were out playing and they started extending our sets," he said. "So we were like, 'You know what? Let's do a cover.' But we did want something that we thought we could perfect as well as enhance. So we're sifting through all these tunes and 'Bad Company' is one that came up, and we just started playing it, and it just felt so natural to us, and it gave us a chance to connect with some older music that we have an appreciation for."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's hit song, "Hard to See", will be featured in the September release of "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock". Also on the game will be songs by BLACK SABBATH, QUEEN, KISS, SLIPKNOT and others.

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