Jason Hook (Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) Has About 30 To 35 Songs Written For His Upcoming Project, Says He Is Still Looking For A Singer

During a recent appearance on the “Making Waves” podcast, Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) offered an update on his new project. The guitarist says he has about 30 to 35 songs written and that he is currently looking for a singer.

Hook said the following:

“That’s been the only agenda I’ve had, really, since leaving DEATH PUNCH. I’m still working with the same team of people at [record label] Better Noise [Music] and [management company] Tenth Street. I just went right to work writing songs. I’ve got 30, 35 songs. And they’ve heard a lot of the material, and they’re excited about it. Where I’m getting stuck is I’ve had many singers come through and I’m just really trying to be patient to pick the right guy. They were, like, ‘Don’t be in a hurry to pick your singer. Make sure you find the right guy.’ And I don’t disagree with that because it really is the make-or-break element. So, that’s top priority right now.

I’ve done my work. I’ve got all the material prepared; some are completed songs, some are just music. But I really wanna find a co-writer, a partner, somebody that I have that chemistry with and that we’re both on the same page musically. I’ve got the facility. That’s the only element that’s missing.”

He continued when asked what type of vocalist he is looking for:

“I like heavy music, but I also like melodic music. And I think that’s one of the things that [FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer] Ivan Moody was fantastic with, is that he sells his lyrics, he can sing really well, and he can get heavy but you can still decipher what he’s talking about; you can follow the storyline. It’s not like that guttural [death metal-style vocal]; you can really understand what he’s saying even when he’s singing with his heavy voice. And Ivan Moodys don’t just grow on trees [laughs]; it’s hard to find.

I like guys like Dave Grohl. I certainly like Corey Taylor. I always loved Adam Gontier’s voice, from THREE DAYS GRACE; those early records and the power and the grit of his voice. But most importantly, I’m just looking for somebody that has something above and beyond, something that’s magic. There’s a lot of good guys out there — I’ve certainly had them over here — but I’m looking for something that’s magic, not just good.”

Hook also added:

“I’m not necessarily looking to recreate FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. That band is an anomaly, and I think it would be foolish to try to clone it. The music will have familiar sounds and elements from what they sound like, but that’s only because I had a pretty decent hand at writing that music. So it’s inevitable that I’m gonna take me over here, and it’s gonna have some familiarity, obviously. But as far as a singer goes, it’s kind of like when Tom Morello found Chris Cornell, you’ve got two guys that are extremely good at their role; that was destined to succeed. Now, when Eddie Van Halen had Sammy Hagar, they got very lucky ’cause that clicked, that worked. But when they got Gary Cherone — not so cool.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ex-Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Jason Hook To Auction Off Guitars, Motorcycles, Etc.

Starting June 11 at 10 a.m. PDT, former Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook will be auctioning off some memorabilia including guitars, motorcycles, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Roadie Relief. Hook said the following about the auction:

“I was asked to help support www.roadierelief.org with an online auction and I jumped at the opportunity to help our roadie and crew member community get back on their feet. Live music is starting up again, but we can’t forget the last 15 months where these critical members of our music community were unable to work. We need to get together and support our industry.”

Nonpoint, Spiritbox, Etc. Added To 2022 ShipRocked Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2022 ShipRocked cruise. As previously reported, the Carnival Breeze will sail from Galveston, TX to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico on January 22-27. Here’s the updated lineup: Lamb Of God, I Prevail, 10 Years, ’68, Avatar, Ayron Jones, Badflower, Blacktop Mojo, Bones UK, Dead Poet Society, Dead Sara, From Ashes To New, Grandson, He Is Legend, Lilith Czar, Motionless In White, Nonpoint, Oxymorons, P.O.D., Raveneye, Sevendust, Spiritbox, Steel Panther, VRSTY, Wage War, and Zero 9:36. Special sets from the Cherry Bombs, Drowning Pool, Islander, Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton, Otherwise, We Are The Fallen, and The Stowaways all-star jam band are also planned. The latter all-star band will feature: H.R. (Bad Brains), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John Tempesta (The Cult), Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch), John De Servio (Black Label Society), Dario Lorina (Black Label Society), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Sahaj Ticotin (RA), Dave Bruckner (ex-Papa Roach), Drew Johnston (Kaleido), Christina Chriss (Kaleido), Michael Vampire (Vampires Everywhere!), Kurt Deimer, Leo Moracchioli, Madame Mayhem, and Tyson Leslie.

Theory Of A Deadman And Ex-Five Finger Death Punch Members Guest On Reimagined Version Of Cory Marks’ “Blame It On The Double”

Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman) and Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) are featured on a reimagined version of Cory Marks’ song “Blame It On The Double.” A video for the track, featuring footage from the upcoming film “The Retaliators,” can be found below. The original version of “Blame It On The Double” appears on Marks’ debut album “Who I Am.”

Marks commented:

“‘Blame It On The Double’ is the perfect country-rock anthem going into the weekend. I grew up on Merle Haggard, Waylon, Pantera and Ozzy, and I think this song really reflects those influences. It has that country storyline, soulful vocals, and a rock edge and attitude that makes it stand out and show you the range of who I am as an artist. And I couldn’t have accomplished that without Tyler and Jason, who both really brought that epic rock energy. We had a lot of fun shooting this video in L.A. together. I’m also excited for everyone to see the song (and me!) in ‘The Retaliators’, as it really takes on a new life in the context of the film.”

Connolly continued:

“I love what Cory is doing. I think he is the future of outlaw country music. When asked to be on this track, I jumped at the chance.”

Hook added:

“I feel honored to be asked to contribute to this fantastic song written by my dear friends Cory Marks and Kevin Churko.”

Psychosexual (Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) Release New Covers EP “Songs To Stalk You By”

Psychosexual, the band fronted by ex-Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer, have released a new covers EP titled “Songs To Stalk You By.“ The effort includes the group’s takes on KISS’ “Watchin’ You,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Sex Type Thing,” Queensrÿche’s “Gonna Get Close To You,” Type O Negative’s “Love You To Death,” David Bowie’s “Love You Till Tuesday,” and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Notably, ex-Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook guests on “Watchin’ You” and “Gonna Get Close To You.” Spencer commented:

“This is a fun little compilation of bands I love. There is definitely a tongue-in-cheek creepiness to the themes that tie the songs together, and that’s what made them so much fun to record. The fact that stalking and social distancing go hand-in-hand is just a happy coincidence.”

Five Finger Death Punch Officially Announce New Guitarist

Five Finger Death Punch have officially parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook. As previously rumored, Andy James will be taking his place.

Hook said the following:

“I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you in person. Thank you for the endless stories of how our music has touched your heart in some way! But the best part of being on tour the last 12 years, by far, has been playing my guitar and seeing the joy on your faces every night. I will miss that more than anything. As far the reason I’m leaving… well, there really isn’t just one. I’ve been in bands my entire life and I feel like I’ve done all the good that I can here. It’s time to pass the baton and move on to new challenges.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory also commented:

“Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason‘s shoes. Andy completed our European tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.”

Frontman Ivan Moody added:

“I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this COVID madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”

Jason Hook Pretty Much Confirms His Departure From Five Finger Death Punch

As previously reported, rumors were recently circulating that seemed to suggest that Jason Hook had exited Five Finger Death Punch. Now, in a since deleted Instagram video, the guitarist pretty much confirmed the news.

Hook said the following:

“I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the fans of Five Finger Death Punch for all of messages that you’ve been sending me about you know what. I’ve kinda been issued a gag order, so I’m not saying anything. But I’m very excited about the things I’m working on and I’m looking forward to sharing them with everybody.

And when the time is right there will be a mutually agreed on press release between me and my guys and that’s it.”

He also went on to say that he is planning to release some new music:

“I’ve got tons of new songs that I’m gonna release and I want people to hear them. I don’t expect to make money, I don’t expect to climb the top of charts. I didn’t care about any of that… the music business is sort of in the toilet, so it’s not really about that anymore. It’s just about getting off on it and getting fired up and creating something that’s exciting for me and hopefully translates to be exciting for you.”

He continued:

“I’ve got eight projects on the go and I’m excited about every one of them.”

Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue/Fields), who previously filled in for Hook while he underwent gallbladder surgery, is believed to be taking his place in the band.

[via The PRP]

Did Five Finger Death Punch Part Ways With Jason Hook?

There have been some rumors circulating as of late that seem to suggest that Five Finger Death Punch may have parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook. According to The PRP, fans have been looking for evidence and they recently discovered that members of the band have stopped following Hook on social media. Furthermore, those that have asked frontman Ivan Moody about Hook on Instagram have been having their questions dismissed. On top of that, the guitarist has also been missing from the band’s recent posts including a photo celebrating 1 million followers on Instagram. However, that picture did feature Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother, etc.), who previously filled in for Hook while he was undergoing gallbladder surgery. Notably, James was previously planning to join Butcher Babies as their second guitarist, but has not appeared in their recent promo photos. That being said, it is possible that he could have joined Five Finger Death Punch instead.

Jason Hook To Sit Out Five Finger Death Punch’s Remaining European Dates

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook will be sitting out the remainder of the band’s European tour so he can have more time to recover from gallbladder surgery. During his absence, Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue/Fields Of The Nephilim) will be filling in.

The band commented:

“Hamburg Knuckleheads,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our brother Jason Hook will not be able to perform tonight. He needs additional time for his recovery and must step back from the current tour in order to have the opportunity to do so. We discussed this as a band and Jason‘s well-being is our priority – health comes first.

It was Jason‘s express wish that we continue the tour so with Jason’s blessing we have invited our friend Andy James who has agreed to step in and finish the tour for Jason.

We are grateful for Andy stepping up and will continue to deliver the great show the fans deserve every night.

We’ve been having an incredible run with our friends in Megadeth and Bad Wolves so far, and the vibe of the tour has been amazing. We look forward to seeing all the German fans next and appreciate all of you joining us in wishing Jason a speedy recovery.

Five Finger Death Punch“

Watch Steel Panther Cover Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” With Members Of Five Finger Death Punch

During Steel Panther’s January 19 show at the Circus in Helsinki, Finland, the band were joined onstage by Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook, Chris Kael, and Charlie Engen for a cover of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]