Many bands have a polarizing effect, and Five Finger Death Punch is no exception. But love 'em or hate 'em, bassist Chris Kael doesn't have a problem with people commenting online about his band, as he reveals in an interview with Metalshop TV.
"I love it…. I get the shit talking. When I was a kid growing up, we didn't have social media, and it was us talking to one another. This is just another form of talking to friends, shit talking bands and whatnot that you don't like. It's much easier to get on the computer and do it now and for people to hear that kind of stuff. So I get it. I love it."
True to an extent, as these days, that same accessibility often allows for a drastic shift in topic, from the music to God knows whatever else. Kael continued by saying "Talk shit all day long. Bring it. Just be original. I don't wanna hear the fucking dumb shit that I hear over and over again. Be original. Don't be a hack. Get a chuckle out of me, and I do comment on 'em when it's a good one. Like, 'Oh, that one — that one's good.' We can make fun of ourselves. I fucking get it."
Dude clearly has some thick skin, but I'd hate to be the one opening his DM's today! Five Finger Death Punch is currently streaming "Times Like These" off their forthcoming record AfterLife, due out August 19. Five Finger Death Punch previously rolled out their single "IOU" that gave fans a sneak peek into the Metaverse project they've has been working on. The project will include an interactive virtual world that will act as a gamified fan club experience, developed on the near photorealistic Unreal Engine and providing an extension of the band’s existing Fan Club app in the near future.
Pre-orders for Afterlife are available here. You can also catch the band on tour with Megadeth, The Hu, and Fire From The Gods at one of the dates below.
8/19 Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater [Tickets]
8/20 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater [Tickets]
8/23 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater [Tickets]
8/24 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater [Tickets]
8/26 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion [Tickets]
8/27 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater [Tickets]
8/30 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion [Tickets]
9/1 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [Tickets]
9/2 Houston, TX –The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman [Tickets]
9/6 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion [Tickets]
9/7 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek [Tickets]
9/9 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach [Tickets]
9/10 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live [Tickets]
9/12 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater [Tickets]
9/14 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center [Tickets]
9/15 Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion [Tickets]
9/17 Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater [Tickets]
9/18 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [Tickets]
9/20 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview [Tickets]
9/21 Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake (no Megadeth) [Tickets]
9/23 Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain [Tickets]
9/24 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium [Tickets]
9/27 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater (no Megadeth) [Tickets]
9/28 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center [Tickets]
9/30 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater [Tickets]
10/1 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center [Tickets]
10/4 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center [Tickets]
10/5 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre [Tickets]
10/7 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds [Tickets]
10/8 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater [Tickets]
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/12 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP [Tickets]
10/14 Denver, CO – Ball Arena [Tickets]
10/15 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater [Tickets]