In a recent studio diary from their new album sessions, Five Finger Death Punch confirmed that they have recruited Charlie Engen (Scale The Summit) as their new drummer. Engen previously filled in for former drummer Jeremy Spencer after he was unable to tour due to back surgery. Spencer officially exited the group in December 2018.
Jason Hook said the following:
“It was actually Jeremy that found Charlie. Jeremy had reached out to [him] through Instagram.”
“Yeah, we had been just drum buddies for a while, talking drums and classic stuff, so we developed a relationship that way. And that was a year and a half before all this.”
“And so when Jeremy told us that he was thinking about hanging it up — he had gone through a couple of different surgeries and really thought that he wasn’t gonna be able to play drums up to his standards — we understood. ‘But the good news is I found the guy.’ He said, ‘Well, it’s this fellow on Instagram named Charlie.’ I immediately went and started checking out the videos online, and I was, like, ‘Holy fuck! This guy’s a beast!’ And I think I reached out to [him].”
“Yeah, we talked for a little bit before, leading up to everything.”
Zoltan Bathory also commented, saying Engen is an “an unbelievable drummer”:
“The funny thing was that Jeremy kind of found him, but I followed him, so when he said who it is, I’m, like, ‘Oh, yeah! That kid is fucking amazing.’ So I already knew about him. So that was pretty cool. So I guess you can say that Jeremy handed down the torch.”