FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AXEMAN JASON HOOK
TO APPEAR ON INAUGURAL EPISODE OF SEASON 13
OF VH1 CLASSICS’ “THAT METAL SHOW” THIS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH
HOOK SOLO ALBUM DUE OUT SPRING, 2014 AS FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH CONTINUES TO TOUR WORLD
Heavy metal and hard rock fans worldwide can tune in to the inaugural episode of season 13 of VH1 Classics’ “That Metal Show” this Saturday, January 18th at 11:00PM, EST/8:00PM, PST to catch Five Finger Death Punch axeman Jason Hook as the featured guitarist. Hook will appear throughout the entire episode, bringing his signature showmanship and blistering riffs to the show that caters to all things hard rock and heavy metal.
As lead guitarist for the wildly successful Five Finger Death Punch, Jason Hook is currently touring the globe in support of the band’s latest series of releases, THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUMES 1 AND 2. Released late last year, both albums debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, respectively. In between the band’s extensive touring schedule, Jason Hook is writing and recording his second solo album, which is set for release this Spring.
As a member of the multi-platinum hard rock/metal outfit Five Finger Death Punch, Jason Hook has established himself as a highly respected guitarist, garnering coverage in all hard rock, metal and player publications. Although he may be best known for his role in Five Finger Death Punch, Hook is also an exceptionally skilled studio and touring musician who has played with the likes of such diverse artists as Alice Cooper, Vince Neil and more. Jason Hook‘s forthcoming second solo release, is highly-anticipated by both fans and critics and will offer a more diverse look at his talents. Jason’s first solo record, SAFETY DUNCE, won an L.A. Music Award for “Best Instrumental Record.”
Five Finger Death Punch shows no signs of slowing down in 2011. The band has cranked out another tasty slab of metal with their new release, American Capitalist. Typically, I am not a fan of bands with vocalists who scream more than sing. In the case of Fiver Finger Death Punch’s singer, Ivan Moody, he does quite a bit of both. For that reason, I have found Five Finger Death Punch’s music much more to my liking. I have seen them live a few times, and they always put on a great show.
Their latest CD American Capitalist does see the band breaking any new ground, but if you have a been a fan of the band’s screaming groove metal in the past, you are going to find plenty to like on the band’s latest CD. American Capitalist is packed full of songs with screaming vocals, excellent guitar solos and plenty of blast beats to get your blood pumping.
The first two songs “American Capitalist” and “Under and Over it” starts this CD off on a high note with two massive metal anthems that will likely be a fixture in future 5FDP live set lists.
What amazes me about Five Finger Death Punch, is Ivan Moody’s ability to transition from the heavy screams and growls, in pitch perfect clean vocals. The band can craft super heavy songs like the ones I mentioned above, and then have a song like “Coming Down” or “Remember Everything” which could easily be played on the radio. Zoltan Bathory’s blazing guitar solos are second to none on this album. Between Moody’s vocals, the outstanding guitar work of Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, and the über tight rhythm section of Jeremy Spencer and 5FDP newcomer Chris Kael, I have been greatly enjoying American Capitalist.
Is the best Five Finger Death Punch CD yet? My response to that would definitely be yes. I thought the first two CD’s were good, but I have already listened to American Capitalist more than the first two CD’s combined. If you are a fan of metal, or Five Finger Death Punch, you should definitely seek out American Capitalist. I recommend it!
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Capitalist
2. Under and Over It
3. The Pride
4. Coming Down
6. Generation Dead
7. Back For More
8. Remember Everything
9. Wicked Ways
10. If I Fall
Five Finger Death Punch is:
Zoltan Bathory – guitars
Jason Hook – guitars
Ivan Moody – vocals
Jeremy Spencer – drums
Chris Kael – Bass