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Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed that Charlie “The Engine” Engen is laying down the drum tracks for the band’s eighth album, due later in the year. Engen made his live debut with the group during its fall 2018 tour with Breaking Benjamin. He stepped in for original Five Finger drummer Jeremy Spencer, who left the band in December. In a new video from the studio, guitarist Jason Hook explained how Engen came to be involved with the band, saying, “It was actually Jeremy that found Charlie.” Engen added, “We had been just drum buddies for a while, talking drums and classic stuff, so we developed a relationship that way . . . that was a year and a half before all this.” Hook described Engen as “a beast” behind the kit, while guitarist Zoltan Bathory described him as “an unbelievable drummer.” Spencer, who co-founded the band with Bathory, underwent back surgery last fall that required a significant recovery period. He said at that time, “The rigorous physical wear and tear has worn down my body to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance you great fans deserve and one that brings me satisfaction and joy.” The new Five Finger Death Punch album will be out later this year. It’s not clear at the moment whether Engen will be made a permanent member of the band or will continue as a hired hand.