FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's fourth studio album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1", sold around 112,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via Prospect Park.FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's third album, "American Capitalist", opened with 91,000 units back in October 2011 to enter the chart at No. 3. The band's sophomore CD, "War Is The Answer", registered a first-week tally of 44,000 back in September 2009 to land at No. 7. The CD followed up FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's 2007 debut, "The Way Of The Fist", which has sold more than 617,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" is the first half of a two-record set, with the second half due to arrive sometime this fall. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio that the idea for a two-record set surfaced after the band finished its writing sessions for the project with around 25 songs. "Generally you pick your best 12 and the rest of them become bonus tracks and this and that, or you keep it for next record, whatever," he said. "But you know, when we tried to take away songs, we realized, no, no, no, we don't want to take this one or that one. And when we went to the label, they said the same thing: 'Well, keep 11.' And so we were like, 'OK, well, here's 25, you pick it,' and they couldn't pick it either. So we were like, 'OK, now this is gonna be a double record.' That's how pretty much that happened."
The first single, "Lift Me Up", features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. The new CD also features guest appearances from IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne. "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" track listing: 01. Lift Me Up (feat. Rob Halford)
02. Watch You Bleed
04. Wrong Side Of Heaven
05. Burn MF
06. I. M. Sin
07. Anywhere But Here (feat. Maria Brink)
08. Dot Your Eyes And Cross Your Teeth
09. M.I.N.E. (End This Way)
10. Mama Said Knock You Out (LL COOL J cover) (feat. Tech N9ne)
11. Diary Of A Deadman
12. I.M. Sin (feat. Max Cavalera)
13. Anywhere But Here (feat. Maria Brink)
14. Dot Your Eyes And Cross Your Teeth (feat. Jamey Jasta)
The deluxe edition of "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" comes with a bonus 15-track live CD titled "Purgatory (Tales From The Pit)", plus a redeemable limited-edition T-shirt. A box set limited edition is available for order at the band's webstore. It contains the deluxe version of the album with the bonus live CD, a FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH lunch box and assorted other collectible items. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH just finished co-headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with ROB ZOMBIE. Once Mayhem is finished, the band will kick off its own headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.