Album: AfterLife (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • "AfterLife" is a hard-hitting atmospheric rocker where vocalist Ivan Moody takes issue with people trying to control him. It's difficult to work out whether he's referencing oppressive authorities or individuals who have let him down, but clearly Moody prefers to live his life the way he wants to. The Five Finger Death Punch frontman has seen the way they "promise diamonds" but "they pay in sand."
  • Five Finger recorded the song for their ninth studio album, also titled AfterLife. They released it as the record's lead single on April 12, 2022.
  • The band recorded AfterLife at the Hideout Recording Studio, the Las Vegas facility owned and operated by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Skillet). The Canadian record producer, engineer and songwriter is Five Finger's longtime collaborator, having worked on all of their albums since their sophomore release, 2009's War Is The Answer.
  • AfterLife is Five Finger's first album with lead guitarist Andy James, who replaced Jason Hook in 2020. This isn't the first Five Finger song the British virtuoso has featured on. He previously contributed to "Broken World", a new track included on the second installment of the band's greatest-hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2, which they released in the fall of 2020.
  • "Afterlife" became Five Finger Death Punch's eighth consecutive #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. This broke the record of most chart-toppers in a row on the tally. Both Disturbed and Shinedown clocked up seven consecutive #1s on the chart.

    "Afterlife" was Five Finger Punch's 12th song in total to top the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. Their previous 11 were:

    "Coming Down"
    "Battle Born"
    "Lift Me Up"
    "Wash It All Away"
    "Sham Pain"
    "When The Seasons Change"
    A cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Blue On Black"
    "Inside Out"
    "A Little Bit Off"
    "Living The Dream"
    "Darkness Settles In"

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