“American Capitalist”, the third album from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, has been certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for shipments in the U.S. in excess of 500,000 copies. This marks the Las Vegas-based act’s third consecutive gold album.
Commented FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory: “I think it’s a huge win for all of us, not just for us as a band, but for the entire genre of hard rock and heavy metal. This is a loud and clear indicator that heavy music is in demand and if a relatively new band like us can accomplish something like this, then maybe be this is just the prelude for the shape of things to come.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook revealed in a recent interview with Billboard.com that the band already has “probably six to eight songs worked up” for its next album and that the group is “probably going to be working on new material all the way up until the New Year, and then we’ll start tracking in mid-January, maybe.”
“The idea behind that is just to keep the creative muscle worked out,” Hook explained. “It’s just like going to the gym; if you stop for a year, you lose all your strength. It’s easy to get lazy and get sort of soft. We’re in the business of making music; touring is great, but we should always be prepared and always exercising that creative muscle — in my opinion, anyway.”
He added, “It’s just like anything: if you come in unprepared you get what you get, but if you do a decent amount of preparation, then at least you have options. The records are the launch pad for everything else, and I want to make the records great. If we need 10 killer songs, I’d rather have 30 songs to pick from than have eight and need two desperately at the end. I don’t want to make records in a panic.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently headlined the Trespass America tour, also featuring KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, POP EVIL and others.