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Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory told Billboard in a new interview that the band’s upcoming album, F8, represents a “rebirth” for the 13-year-old heavy rock act. Bathory explained, “There’s a lot to say, a lot to prove. It’s like a new band, in a way. It’s progressing. It’s rebirth. It’s transcendent. When I listen to this album, it’s the same sound, the same band — but it isn’t. If you really listen to this, it’s not the same band — for the better, both musically and lyrically.”

Bathory told us that the LP’s title, F8, is a reflection of the band looking inward for subject matter instead of out at the world: [“Every record is some way a commentary of the times. This time it was about the band. This time it wasn’t a political or social commentary. This time it wasn’t about what’s happening in the world. It was about the band: what we went through and who we were as people and who we are as people of this moment, who we are as a band of this moment. So this was very much a personal record for everybody.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . record for everybody.)

Over the past few years, Five Finger Death Punch dealt with the ongoing addiction issues of singer Ivan Moody, a protracted legal battle with its old label and the departure of founding drummer Jeremy Spencer, who left in late 2018 due to a chronic back injury. He was replaced by Charlie Engen.

F8 arrives on February 28th and has been preceded by the first single from it, “Inside Out.” The band recently announced the dates for a new spring North American tour. The trek kicks off on April 8th in Sunrise, Florida, winding down on May 20th in St. Paul, Minnesota.