FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful rock bands globally, dominated 2013, releasing their blockbuster project, the two-part masterwork, THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL ─ VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2. Both volumes debuted on the Billboard album chart at #2 (more notably, within a four-month period), featured two #1 hit singles at Rock Radio (“Lift Me Up” and “Battle Born”) and have combined sales of close to 600,000 units (as of March 2014). Today (3/24), the multi-million selling rock titans debut their new video for their current single–“The House Of The Rising Sun”–on VEVO. Watch the video here.
The gasoline-soaked cinematic video was filmed in the high deserts of Nevada, directed by the band’s guitarist Zoltan Bathory in conjunction with Thought Pirates Film’s Brian Neal, while Steve Darnell of the famous Welder Up Garage built the cars and handled the set design. Zoltan explains, “This video was an experiment, the initial step toward something we always wanted to do, which is to make a full-length Death Punch movie somewhere down the line. We jumped into this knowing that we’d shoot more footage than we could possibly fit in one music video. We went out there with two helicopters, two gyrocopters, twenty something crazy cars, a big cast and an arsenal of cameras. We ended up with so much amazing material, the hardest task was to compress it down into a 3 minutes video, so we made an extended version with a long intro and we are making an even longer ‘directors cut’ as we speak.
The members of 5FDP discuss the single in a webisode on how they changed up the classic folk song to give it a hard-rock vibe, most notably, by switching the song’s time signature from 6/8 to 4/4. Watch the webisode here: bit.ly/1cX5YeF. Zoltan adds, “The song’s lyrics are about gambling and drinking and we wanted to recreate those gun swinging outlaw poker scenes familiar from classic western movies, however I just couldn’t see us riding horses in the video so we shifted eras and went for a Mad Max-like post apocalyptic vibe with the cars and the bikes we ride anyway. We didn’t want any performance footage; the plan was to make the song sort of a soundtrack to a short story. “The House Of The Rising Sun” is currently climbing the Active Rock Radio chart and is at #18 as of today (3/24).
VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2 were released via Prospect Park in North America and on Eleven Seven in all other territories and brought the band massive global success. VOLUME 1 (released 7/30/13)–features #1 single, “Lift Me Up” (featuring Rob Halford, legendary frontman for Judas Priest)–debuted at #2 in the U.S. (selling 113,000 albums in its first week), #3 in Canada and #4 on Germany’s mainstream charts amongst many other countries. VOLUME 2 (released 11/19/13)–features #1 single, “Battle Born”–debuted at #2 in the U.S., #6 in Canada overall and #1 on the Rock & Metal charts worldwide. USA TODAY proclaimed VOLUME 2 elevates the group “…to the top of its game. Offering more than blind rage, though there’s certainly plenty, the songs live in the tension implied by the album’s title—aware of the implications of lashing out, ready to accept the consequences” (11/19/2013).
5FDP–known for their uncompromising musical intensity and razor-sharp lyrics–will be performing at all major North American rock festivals this summer (dates below) and are nominated for 6 Revolver Golden Gods (in the following categories: Album of the Year, Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist(s), Best Bassist, Song of the Year and Most Dedicated Fans). The award show is set for April 23rd in Los Angeles. The band just wrapped up performances at the Soundwave Festival in Australia and a string of dates in Southeast Asia. Currently, Five Finger Death Punch are headlining their nearly sold-out European tour, which they kicked off with a sold-out performance at Sweden’s Bandit Rock Awards in early March where they won the “Best International Artist” and “Best International Album” awards. For all 5FDP tour dates and tickets, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour
Check out 5FDP this summer at the following rock festivals throughout North America:
Fort Myers, FL
Fort Rock Festival
Welcome to Rockville
Virginia Beach, VA
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia
Peoria Civic Center Arena – 105.7 The X Rocks Spring Fling
Rock on The Range
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center Grounds -The Bud Light River City Rockfest
Council Bluffs, IA
Kansas City, MO
West Fargo, ND
Red River Valley Fair
Chippewa Valley Rock Fest
Note: More festival dates to be announced.