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Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Reveals New Album Special Guests + Discusses Future Side Project

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Five Finger Death Punch definitely made a name for themselves based on their own merits, but with success comes more opportunities. Nowhere can this be seen more than on the band’s upcoming double album, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,’ which has already spawned, ‘Lift Me Up,’ a duet with Rob Halford. Frontman Ivan Moody tells Metal Shrine that even more guests turn up on the new collection, and he adds that the band’s success has created another opportunity for him after this album cycle concludes.

Moody tells the site, “[Halford] was there for two hours and it was fantastic. Then we got Max Cavalera and I’m a huge fan of him and we’ve gotten to tour with Soulfly a few times and Sepultura is one of my all time favorite metal acts. We’ve got Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed. He and I go back years and I’ve always admired his style. We’ve got Maria Brink from In This Moment and just to put a twist on everything, we’ve got Tech 9. I’m really looking forward to the world getting hold of this.”

As for the Halford collaboration, Moody says he figured it was worth a shot after Halford shouted out the group as one of his favorite new bands during a ‘That Metal Show’ visit. He says they reached out via intermediaries and much to their surprise Halford accepted the invite after hearing their new song. “I was just in awe,” says Moody. “It was f—ing amazing. He comes to the studio and he’s recording the track and it’s completely surreal at this point. He walked out and true story, I went to shake his hand and he gave me a hug and I was just trembling, man.” Moody calls Halford “the most humble and down to earth, grounded human being I think I’ve ever met.”

While success definitely opened the doors for one of the best guest lineups of the year, it’s also allowed the band members a chance to explore their opportunities elsewhere. Moody revealed in the chat that he’s got a side project ready to go after the group completes promotion of the two new albums. “I’ve already got a few guys on the line that I’m really proud to say I’m gonna work alongside with,” says Moody. “I talked to the guys [in FFDP] and after doing five records like this, it’s time to take a little bit of space from each other and that way, when we come back to do the next album, it’ll be fresh to us again. I’m definitely looking forward to do this side project.”

So stay tuned for Five Finger Death Punch’s ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,’ with the first volume due July 30 and the second arriving later this year. Then keep an eye out for news on a Moody side project to follow.

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