"Jekyll And Hyde", the new video from Las Vegas-based metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's sixth album, "Got Your Six", which will be released on August 28 through Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven Music outside North America.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's U.S. record label, Prospect Park, got "five finger death punked" when they asked the band for a new music video. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory explains: "Punking the label and trolling the trolls is actually very satisfying… so either we make a video that makes a difference like 'Wrong Side Of Heaven' did or we just fuck it all up and have fun with it... just clown the whole thing as we did with 'Under And Over It'… and now with this one. We didn't even hire a director… We didn't want this to accidentally make sense."
Adds Jeremy Summers, president of Prospect Park: "First we were scratching our collective heads, but we never once interfered with [the band's] vision… so ultimately — if that's what the band wants to put out, we are not going to stop them. We were shocked, then cried, then laughed because it's actually funny."
"Jekyll And Hyde" has already claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Rock chart upon release, debuted on the Spotify Viral chart and Shazam Future Hits chart. It is also quickly approaching the Top Ten rock radio charts after just two weeks.
Regarding the song's inception, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine: "[FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer] Ivan [Moody] is a total caveman. In 2015, we have every device known to God for recording yourself or capturing an idea in MP3 and e-mailing it somewhere, but he has no technical savvy at all. He's always, like, 'I had a great idea last night, but I had no way of capturing it.' So one night I told Ivan, 'No matter what, if you have ideas, call me and leave them on my voicemail.' A year later, I'm at home looking through old hard drives and old folders on my computer, and I come across this Pro Tools session that had a bunch of voicemails from Ivan dumped into the computer from my phone. I open this session and I start listening through these voicemail song ideas. He sketches out the lyrics and vibe for this one idea, so I start laying a little riff underneath it, and then I start creating another section where I cut some of his words and made a little chorus. I sent it out to everybody and said, 'I don't know what you think, but this is something that Ivan left on my voicemail a year ago,' and they were, like, 'Ooh! That's pretty cool!' That actual voicemail ended up staying in the song! What you hear in the first verse is all from that voicemail message."
Ivan clarified, telling the magazine: "What happened was that it was, like, 4 a.m. and I was up writing, and I looked on the Internet and saw that somebody had posted on my Facebook page — but I don't even have a Facebook page. So that was the start of it. At the very bottom, there was a media release saying that I had died — that I had overdosed in some club in New York. This rhythm popped into my head — this quick 4/4 beat — and I knew that Zoltan [Bathory, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist] would be sleeping and Jeremy [Spencer, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer] hates when I call him late. So I left it on Jason's voicemail, and it was the beginning of 'Jekyll And Hyde'. It ended up being a fantastic fucking song. I think it's one of the best we've ever written."
The "Got Your Six" pre-order, as well as several exclusive album pre-order merchandise packages, are live and ready now at www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com. Upon purchasing any "Got Your Six" pre-order offer, buyers will be able to instantly download "Jekyll And Hyde".
"Got Your Six" is available in various formats to accommodate fans digitally, as well as those who prefer a physical item CD or vinyl alike:
* Standard album, digital (11 tracks)
* Deluxe album, digital (11 tracks + 3 bonus tracks)
* Standard physical CD (11 tracks)
* Deluxe physical CD (11 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + redeemable code for an exclusive t-shirt)
* Vinyl (11 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + digital download card for the deluxe version of the album)
There will also be an exclusive Best Buy edition of the album available (deluxe album and an exclusive, limited-edition FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH merchandise item).
"Got Your Six" track listing:
01. Got Your Six
02. Jekyll And Hyde
03. Wash It All Away
04. Ain't My Last Dance
05. My Nemesis
06. No Sudden Movement
07. Question Everything
08. Hell To Pay
09. Digging My Own Grave
10. Meet My Maker
11. Boots And Blood
Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:
12. You're Not My Kind
13. This Is My War
14. I Apologize
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will head out on a co-headlining fall tour with PAPA ROACH. The trek kicks off on September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky, winding down on October 9 in Glen Falls, New York. Also along will be IN THIS MOMENT and FROM ASHES TO NEW.
The two headliners actively involved their fans in the routing of the tour by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a "demand campaign." Some 1.5 million people responded and made their choices known.