Five Finger Death Punch will release a digital deluxe version of their latest effort Afterlife on February 9. The deluxe version will feature the original record, acoustic versions of the "The End", "Judgement Day", and "Thanks For Asking" plus a brand new song "This Is The Way" featuring the late rapper DMX.
"Music is meant to be shared, and it starts at the top with us, the artists," said Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory of the DMX track. "We have always embraced the mixing of genres, whether it be the remake of LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out' featuring Tech N9ne as a guest or our collaboration with blues warrior Kenny Wayne Shepherd, country star Brantley Gilbert, and Brian May, the legendary guitarist of Queen, on the song 'Blue on Black'.
"The idea of collaborating with DMX had been in discussion for years, and it was a long and winding road to turn this particular item on our wish list into reality. He was a lyrical warrior, a true original who spoke his mind incorruptibly. We have always viewed DMX as 'the metalhead of hip-hop' because of his aggressive, raw, and untamed style. He growled and snarled, aiming to rattle some cages – an attitude we share, as Five Finger Death Punch has always been drawn to the fearless and the real.
"It made all the sense in the world, but today this is more than just a song; it's a salute to a legend, a way to honor DMX's memory."
In the meantime, you can check out the acoustic version of "Judgement Day" below. The DMX track drops the same day the deluxe version of Afterlife does – February 9.