Check out this new Q&A featuring Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory, Jeremy Spencer and Jason Hook, where they discuss their new album, The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell — Volume 2.
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RAISE THE QUESTION: Five Finger Death Punch Discuss Their New Album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1
What are the biggest differences between The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2′?
Zoltan Bathory: When we were separating the songs into two records, we had a certain criteria. We wanted to make sure that we separated all 26 songs into two batches where fans almost couldn’t have a preference between them. That was the goal. Vol. 2 may be a shade darker and heavier, but just a shade. There are no drastic differences because it’s the same time capsule, recorded in the same time. We had a creative flow, and we ended up with a lot of songs that we thought were great and we wanted to release them all.
Jeremy Spencer: Basically, we tried to space out the records evenly and base it on a feeling. We wanted to make them well-rounded and take the listener on a journey rather than put ten songs that are identical on one and ten that are identical on the other. We tried to space it out evenly and let it have a good flow. That’s what we wanted to accomplish with that. We started compiling lists. One guy would start, and we’d go, “Oh, that’s pretty good. Maybe I would switch that song to the other album!” so on and so forth. I think the sequencing is cool. There are always times where you think about it later like, “Perhaps we should’ve done this.” You have to accept an ending point and turn it in eventually though [Laughs].
Do you feel The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2 is heavier than its predecessor?
Jason Hook: Ah, honestly, I thought the first volume would be considered heavier. That’s good though. It’s fun. The idea was to make it as difficult as possible for people to choose one over the other [Laughs]. It’s basically supposed to be one massive volume of work spread out over too discs. To be totally honest, we shuffled the deck pretty evenly to try to continuity between both records. In other words, we didn’t want to have the second volume sound like it took a drastic turn in direction.
How did you actually curate the albums?
Jason Hook We didn’t actually get around to splitting these records up until the very last second. We worked on all of this material, not even knowing which songs would end up where. Obviously when we figured out that Vol. 1 had a deadline which needed to be met before Vol. 2M, we had to figure out what songs would be on each. We were just writing like maniacs. We had so much material that we had two choices either release all of it in some way or put half of it away for something else.
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Buy Volume 2 right now at:
• iTunes Deluxe Edition
• iTunes Standard Edition
• Amazon.com Deluxe Edition (1 CD + “Purgatory” live DVD + free redeemable T-shirt)
• Amazon.com Standard Edition (1 CD)
• Best Buy Special Deluxe Edition (which includes 1 CD + “Purgatory” Live DVD, exclusive T-shirt in collector’s lunch box)