Chris Kael from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH talks Afterlife, Comedy, the Big 4 & The Retaliators Movie

Multi-platinum hardrock powerhouse Five Finger Death Punch are set to release their new album Afterlife on August 19 via Better Noise Music.

Afterlife has already spawned four massive singles ahead of it’s release, Welcome to the Circus, Times Like These, IOU and the title track giving a taste of what to expect from the much anticipated record and soon to be new fan favorite,  once again proving that 5FDP are an unstoppable force in the modern rock world.

The Everblack Podcast spoke to Chris Kael from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH about the new album ‘Afterlife’, touring with Megadeth and the big 4, stand up comedy, his role in the upcoming The Retaliators movie with other big name rockstars, possible Australian tour and more!

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The band’s last album F8 produced four #1 hit singles including, “Darkness Settles In,” which previously saw the band tie the record for most consecutive #1’s on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart with Disturbed – a record that they have now broken. Already global rock stars who debuted at #1 on rock charts and Top 10 on the Mainstream charts with their 2020 album F8 in the USA, Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, 5FDP is dipping into the Metaverse with AFTERLIFE.

They created a gamified fan club experience in the form of an interactive virtual world developed on the near photorealistic Unreal Engine on their Five Finger Death Punch Fan Club app HERE.

The 5FDP Fan Club app, which at its launch in April, gave members exclusive first access to presale tickets, and provided a community for the most diehard fans and updates on the latest 5FDP news is available as a stand-alone app in the Apple, Android and Google Play app stores. Premium Members of the Fan Club will receive numerous additional perks throughout the year.


“AfterLife” and “IOU” were met with rave reviews from Loudwire and Guitar World, respectively. Loudwire proclaimed the first single was a “hard-hitting rock radio gem,” while Guitar World described the latter as a “blend of savage riffing and catchy vocal hooks over a rhythm section of thunderous, headbang-worthy grooves.” Additionally, in just under a month, “Welcome To The Circus,” earned over 4 million streams across platforms. The band tapped their longtime collaborator Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Skillet etc.) to produce the band’s ninth and arguably most diverse record.

5FDP band members Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory and Chris Kael are also making their movie acting debut with their appearance in the upcoming horror-thriller film THE RETALIATORS, a Better Noise Films production, which is set for a fall 2022 theatrical and streaming release. 5FDP appear both onscreen and on THE RETALIATORS original soundtrack, alongside some of the biggest names in rock: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes to New, The HU, All Good Things, and more.


FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – ‘AFTERLIFE’ is out August 19 via Better Noise Music.
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