Video footage of guitarist Jason Hook of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH laying down guitar solos on the band's forthcoming album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2", can be seen below.
Says Hook in the clip: "So we're out here on the [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival tour] and… The new [FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH] record ['The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1'] [came] out July 30th and we're still putting the final touches on the second volume, which comes out in November. We are on tour, so on days off, we're having to actually set up our portable studio in a hotel room. And me specifically, I have two or three guitar solos left to complete, so that we can wrap up the second album and have it off to manufacturers in time for a November release. So what I did yesterday was, I spent my day off playing lead solos all day while the other guys were out having fun. So here's a little clip from that."
"The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" is likely to sell between 95,000 and 105,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after 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 land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's sophomore CD, "War Is The Answer", registered a first-week tally of 44,000 back in September 2009 to debut at No. 7. The CD followed up FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's 2007 debut, "The Way Of The Fist", which has sold more than 616,000 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", is currently the No. 1 track at Active Rock radio. The song 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 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.
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.