Five Finger Death Punch has postponed the launch of the digital deluxe edition of “AfterLife,” to April 5, shifting from the initial February 9 release date through Better Noise Music. This deluxe package will feature the original 12 tracks produced by the band’s longstanding collaborator Kevin Churko, enriched with four additional tracks. These include three acoustic renditions of “The End,” “Judgement Day,” and “Thanks For Asking” from the album, alongside a new track titled “This Is The Way,” posthumously featuring the rapper DMX. The official music video for “This Is The Way (Featuring DMX)” has been directed by the eminent director Hype Williams, celebrated for his impactful contributions to music video production and his close ties with DMX. Recognized by The New York Times in 2024 as a defining figure of the nineties, Williams’ portfolio boasts collaborations with icons such as Tupac, Wu-Tang Clan, and Jay-Z. The video is set to premiere in alignment with the deluxe edition’s release on April 5.
Zoltan Bathory, the guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch, shared insights on “This Is The Way (Featuring DMX)”: “Music is a shared journey that begins with us, the creators. Our history is marked by genre-blending, from reimagining LL Cool J’s ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ with Tech N9ne to our work with blues icon Kenny Wayne Shepherd, country luminary Brantley Gilbert, and Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May on ‘Blue On Black’.
“The prospect of working with DMX was a topic of conversation for years, evolving from a dream into reality through a series of complex steps. DMX was a unique voice in music, known for his unapologetic honesty and raw energy, traits that earned him the title of ‘the metalhead of hip-hop’ in our view. His fierce and unbridled expression, characterized by growls and snarls, resonated with our ethos. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has always gravitated towards the bold and authentic, making this collaboration not just a musical venture but a tribute to a legend, a testament to DMX’s enduring legacy.”