FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist Explains ‘AfterLife’ Album Title
In a new video recap of the start of FIVE-FINGER DEATHrecently embarked on a European tour, guitarist Zoltan Bathory talked about the band’s upcoming album, “Life after death”which is due August 19. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We called this record ‘Life after death’. And ‘Life after death’, to us, means several different things. And one of them is that this is the afterlife of the pandemic. So in a way it’s a paradigm shift because this world event has changed, in my opinion, it has changed the way people think about life. You had an enforced two-year break – that’s what happened. All of a sudden, people no longer went to work all over the world. And after a few months, you start thinking, ‘Hmmm, that’s interesting. I don’t spend so much money on gasoline anymore. And then you start thinking about it. “Well, wait a second. So I used to spend money on gas that I put in the car so I could get in my car and drive to work to make money for gas in my car and for the car I bought so I could go to work. Hmmm. And then I also bought this house so I could come home and rest so that next time in the morning I could get up and go to work. I think I like it. So I think people kind of realized they were on a hamster wheel; they realized they were chasing something. They realized we might be too busy to notice, is that really life?
He continued, “If you think about it, the meaning of the afterlife, you realize that it means something completely different to almost every culture. However, whatever it means to you will dictate how you you live your life. If you are a Viking, you believe that you must go to Valhalla. The only way to go to Valhalla [is] if you die in honor in battle. So if you look at a Viking, they’re going to say, “Yeah, I gotta go into battle and I gotta die in battle because that’s my idea of the afterlife.” Now, if you opt for, say, the Buddhists. Buddhists believe that they have to become enlightened, so they meditate and go through these spiritual processes to ascend into a different spiritual plane. So most people in this area live their lives thinking, “I have to evolve spiritually. Then you come to your kind of Judeo-Christian country that has Catholics and they have this duality of heaven and hell – punishment and reward. So they are going to live their whole life by these commandments and what they can and cannot do, why they will go to heaven and why they will be punished. So, interestingly, your relationship to this idea, what happens after you die, the afterlife, will actually dictate your whole life – how you live, your moral codes and everything you do, to a certain way, will be related to it.”
“Life after death” Brands FIVE-FINGER DEATHthe debut album by with its latest addition, the famous British virtuoso Andy Jameswho replaced Jason Hook in 2020. james previously featured on “Broken World”a song that appeared on the second installment of FIVE-FINGER DEATHthe greatest hits collection of, “A Decade of Destruction – Volume 2”released in fall 2020.
FIVE-FINGER DEATH2020s tracking “F8” was again recorded at stash recording studiothe Las Vegas, Nevada facility owned and operated by Kevin Churkothe Canadian producer/sound engineer and songwriter who has worked on all FIVE FINGERS‘s albums beginning with the group’s second release, 2009 “War is the answer”.
Bathory previously said that “Life after death” was “by far” his favorite record to make. “It’s our ninth album, so at this point we have legions of loyal fans and our signature sound is more than established,” he explained. “It’s become its own island, our ground zero from which we operate and we can always come back to it. So when we started this record there was an excitement of upcoming musical adventures. We knew we could as far as we wanted; there was a freedom to really ‘anything goes.’ global stories in Ivanit is [Moody, vocals] lyrics and musical motifs interconnected between the songs. It wasn’t planned as a concept album, but we were so focused on painting a full picture, it feels like one… We’re very proud of it and just as excited as fans waiting for the release. I can’t wait to share it.”
Curated exclusively by the band, various limited editions “Life after death” Vinyl and merchandise deals and collectibles are also available for pre-order at official band and label stores.
Since FIVE-FINGER DEATHthe first album of, “The Way of the Fist”released in 2007, the group released six consecutive albums which were certified gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as well as two greatest hits albums on the charts. In addition, FIVE-FINGER DEATH has won numerous national and international awards and honors over the past decade, such as the prestigious Soldier Appreciation Award from the Association Of The United States Army, an honor given to only one other artist before them: Elvis Presley.
“F8” debuted at No. 1 on the rock charts worldwide, with Top 10 debuts on the mainstream charts in the United States, Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and more. He produced four No. 1 hit singles with “Upside down”, “A little behind”, “Living the dream” and “Darkness Sets In”. The group has amassed over eight billion streams and three billion video views to date and sold over one million tickets between 2018 and 2020 alone.
Last April, FIVE-FINGER DEATH announced a 2022 headlining tour of the United States presented by nation live. Beginning in Portland, Oregon on August 19, the trek will span over 30 dates and conclude on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The band will be joined on tour by rock icons MEGADETHwith additional support from THE HU and THE FIRE OF THE GODS.