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Five Finger Death Punch announced last month that the band's next album will be a two-record set, with the first half coming out this summer and the second part arriving in the fall. Despite writing and recording 24 new tracks, singer Ivan Moody told us that the process got off to a slow start at first: "It was rough getting back into the studio and starting to write, so the first month was kind of just sludging through it, getting our feet wet again. But once we started writing, the songs started to materialize and get better and better and better, so it just seemed like the logical thing to do to just keep writing. And then Zoltan (Bathory, guitarist) came to the table and he was like, 'Well, you know, instead of just shelving all this material, why don't we just do a double album and give it to the kids that way?'"
The first volume will come out on July 23rd, while the second set will surface sometime this fall. The band intends to reveal the title of the entire project within the next few weeks.
The first single, "Lift Me Up," features guest vocals from Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. The band premiered the song last week at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, with Halford performing as well.
The studio version of the song will premiere on U.S. radio stations on May 13th and will be available for purchase online May 14th.
Five Finger Death Punch will co-headline the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer alongside Rob Zombie, with the tour kicking off in San Bernardino, California on June 29th.