Five Finger Death Punch Says New Album 'Got Your Six' Is 'More Uptempo'
The group has announced an Aug. 28 release for its sixth album, Got Your Six, and is previewing the new single "Jekyll and Hyde" as part of a video the bands have created to promote the tour. FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory tells Billboard that the group is "probably a week out" from finishing the set, which follows 2013's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, volumes 1 and 2.
"It's a little bit more uptempo," Bathory says of the new album, which is produced by Kevin Churko. "There was a conscious effort that, 'We don't want to have too many slow songs,' you know? We wanted a little bit of an uptempo record. It's more faster and mid-tempo songs." Bathory credits heavy touring with pushing FFDP in that direction. "I think it's coming from the live shows, yeah," he says. "When you're playing live shows you feel the energy of the crowd. It's the high-energy and midtempo songs that make the audience move and connect. You can drop your little ballads here and there, but we know what people like, and when we started everybody said, 'Yeah, we need more of those [uptempo songs].'"
Bathory laughs as he notes that Got Your Six is actually a somewhat modest proposition after the pair of Wrong Side of Heaven albums -- both of which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. "It's pretty funny because we just did two [albums], you know?" Bathory notes. "But everybody's writing. Everybody has something to say, so we came in with a lot of energy. But Ivan [Moody, FFDP's frontman] was like, 'Oh, what a break! I don't have to do 30 [song lyrics].' That last one was a lot of work, but even that just kind of happened. It wasn't really a struggle. But compared to that, this is almost easy. Almost."
FFDP will spend the summer playing festivals and touring with Judas Priest in Europe, starting May 30 in Germany. The U.S. tour kicks off Sept. 4 in Lexington, Ky., and wraps up Oct. 9 in Glen Falls, N.Y., playing 21 cities chosen by fans in online polls conducted by FFDP and Papa Roach.
"This tour has been in the making for, holy shit, for literally two, three years," Bathory says. "We're really good friends with Papa Roach. We've known those guys for a long time; actually we do have the same management as well. We were playing the festivals back in the day, we opened for them for a good few shows and, as I said, a lot of festivals we've played together, and we've known those guys for a long time. We've been talking about this for literally years, maybe three years, four years, 'Let's do a tour together,' and it just never could come together 'cause either we were doing a record, they were doing a record, we were in Europe, they were here. So it was always a mismatch of time, y'know? So this is the first time -- finally. I was just talking with Jacoby [Shaddix of Papa Roach] yesterday, like, 'Man, this is actually happening,' you know, so it's kind of, like, interesting and amazing at the same time to see there is an excitement on this side of the fence that the...bands are excited, like, 'Man, this is actually gonna happen!'"
Fan club pre-sales for the tour begin Wednesday, while general public on-sales will take place Friday and Saturday. VIP packages are also available via the groups' websites. The full itinerary includes:
9/4 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
9/5 Cincinnati, OH – Us Bank Arena
9/8 Manakto, MN – Verizon Wireless Center
9/11 Missoula, MT – Adams Event Center
9/12 Everett, WA – Xfinity Arena
9/13 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
9/15 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
9/16 Reno, NV – Lawlor Event Center
9/18 Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena
9/19 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/20 Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
9/22 Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
9/25 La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center
9/29 St. Charles, MO – Family Arena
9/30 Indianapolis, IN – Indiana Farmers Coliseum
10/2 Cedar Rapids, IA – Us Cellular Center
10/3 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
10/4 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion
10/6 Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center
10/8 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
10/9 Glen Falls, NY - Glen Falls Civic Center