Jason Hook

We’re into 2017, and that means it’s time to get ready for a new plate of music for the New Year. Las Vegas hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch have been working hard on their latest studio album, and now, the tracks are complete.

Over the holidays, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook posted a photo on Instagram that shows him waiting in the drive-through at Starbucks with the caption, “Our new record is finished! Listening to the mixes on my way thru @starbucks at 7:39am this morning! Hello 2017 here we come!” The set is due out later this year.

The upcoming Five Finger Death Punch album will mark the band’s follow-up to 2015’s Got Your Six, which went gold in 2016.

Hook – who has his own Gibson signature guitar, the slick-looking Jason Hook M-4 Sherman – recently spoke with Gibson about his love for the Gibson brand.

“Gibson is an iconic brand, and I think it’s synonymous with extreme quality,” he said. “I think it’s well-known that Gibson insists on top quality. If anything doesn’t meet the standards, it’s put back in the wood chipper. I’m a bit of an instrument snob. I like driving the Rolls-Royce of guitars. That makes me feel good. I love the instrument. I have several not only Explorers but Les Pauls and acoustics. They just seem to be better instruments than the other stuff I’ve tried. I think it’s just a very well-made, high-quality level instrument, and those things matter to me.”

Photo credit: Anne Erickson