Times Like These

Album: AfterLife (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Times Like These" is the fourth single Five Finger Death Punch released from their ninth album, AfterLife. The record finds the Las Vegas metal squad focusing on global themes. "We believe the spiritual-intellectual trajectory of the planet has been rapidly shifting, and it is changing the conversation about our "agreed-upon reality,'" guitarist Zoltan Bathory observed to Apple Music. "Since every album is a time capsule, in some way AfterLife is a snapshot of that change, so naturally it was destined to be different."
  • This song finds vocalist Ivan Moody apoplectic as our planet moves toward an impending catastrophe many people simply ignore. "It's the artistic way of saying a giant turd-meteor is on a collision course with the fan and almost everyone is ignoring it," Bathory told Metal Hammer. "The world is too noisy or too busy to notice, let alone care. You wanna grab and shake people and wake them up, but it seems futile, so you just have to let it burn."
  • "Times Like These" was Five Finger Punch's 13th song in total to top the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. Their previous 12 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"
    "AfterLife"
  • Zoltan Bathory handles many of the band's visuals. He wrote the story and screenplay for this song's music video and co-directed it with Dale Restigini (Hatebreed, Sevendust). It's the first of two episodes that continue on their "Welcome To The Circus" visual. Both videos tie in with the band's AfterLife graphic novel.

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