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Two of the biggest current bands in hard rock have posted clips of new songs online Tuesday (June 11th). First, Five Finger Death Punch has posted a 36-second snippet of a song called "You," taken from the first half of the group's upcoming two-record set, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. Part one of the collection will arrive on July 30th, with the second half coming in the fall.
Singer Ivan Moody told us that he's written some of his most personal lyrics yet for these albums: "I wanted to get a lot of these demons out of my chest. There's certain things that I haven't been able to say on the past albums, and it felt like I was, you know, kind of under a microscope, so to speak. Where this one, I just told 'em, I go, 'You know, I want to unleash the monster that I keep holding back. This is a perfect time for it, let's just get it out.' It was really interesting too, man -- some of these songs, I dug deeper than I've ever dug before, so it'll be cool to see how people react to it."
The deluxe edition of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1 will come 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 will also be available for pre-order at the band's webstore on June 18th.
The CD features guest appearances from In This Moment singer Maria Brink, Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera, Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, who sings on the first single, "Lift Me Up."
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.
Meanwhile, Avenged Sevenfold has also posted a new clip online that features a 30-second tease of new music. This is the third clip that the group has posted online since last month. Due out this summer, the new album will follow up 2010's Nightmare, which earned the band its first Number One album on the Billboard 200 chart.
The new CD is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December 2009.
The band has lined up several festival appearances this summer, starting with Rock USA on July 17th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.