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Five Finger Death Punch to Sign with Rise Records

Jason Squires/Getty ImagesFive Finger Death Punch has signed a record deal with Rise Records, BMG’s rock label. The band will join Rise Records following the completion of their contract with their current label, Prospect Park. Five Finger Death Punch and Prospect Park are presently involved in a legal battle over the band’s right to record the fourth and final album of their contract with the label.

“We are looking forward to the next phase of our recording career,” says FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement. “We have had great success with our current label, Prospect Park, and will continue to enjoy further success with our next and final album (subject to surmounting the label’s court action to prevent us from recording it), after which we will commence a new and exciting label partnership with the people at Rise and BMG.”

Five Finger Death Punch’s most recent album is Got Your Six, which was released in September 2014. The band’s contract with Prospect Park requires that they wait nine months before recording their next album. Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against FFDP alleging that the band tried to record before the waiting period was over and accusing the band of “shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate,” referring to lead singer Ivan Moody. The band responded by calling the lawsuit “the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics” by the label

Five Finger Death Punch will be touring alongside Shinedown and Sixx:A.M. this fall.

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These Zen Priests Could Make You Less Fearful of Death

ABC News(NEW YORK) — For many of us, thinking about death — our own, or that of anyone we love — is supremely difficult. So, most of the time, we don’t think about it at all — until we have no choice.But two Zen Buddhist priests are using med…



Sublime's Bradley Nowell Died 20 Years Ago Today

Bradley Nowell in April, 1996; Steve Eichner/Getty ImagesBradley Nowell, frontman for the influential ska punk band Sublime, died 20 years ago today. He passed away May 25, 1996 from a heroin overdose.

Nowell founded Sublime in 1988 alongside bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh. The band released their first album, 40oz. to Freedom, in 1992 on Nowell’s own record label, Skunk Records. With an already sizable following in their home state of California, Sublime began to earn greater recognition throughout the U.S. thanks to their single “Date Rape.”

Sublime followed 40oz. to Freedom with their 1994 sophomore album, Robbin’ the Hood, but their breakthrough success came with their 1996 self-titled third album, which was actually released two months after Nowell’s death.

The album Sublime debuted at a career-high number 13 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hit singles “Santeria,” “What I Got” and “Wrong Way.” It’s been certified five-times platinum, and is considered a touchstone of the ’90s alternative rock scene.

Following Nowell’s death, Wilson and Gaugh formed the Long Beach Dub Allstars, which also featured many Sublime collaborators. In 2009, they began performing again as Sublime with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez, but due to a legal challenge from Nowell’s estate, the group adopted the name Sublime with Rome.

Sublime with Rome released their debut album, Yours Truly, in 2011. Gaugh left the group later that year, and Wilson and Ramirez released a second album as Sublime with Rome, called Sirens, in 2015.

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Born Deaf, 11-Year-Old Boy Takes on National Spelling Bee

iStock/Thinkstock(BELTON, S.C.) — An 11-year-old South Carolina boy who was born deaf has made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.Neil Maes of Belton, South Carolina, received cochlear implants when he was 1 and 5 years old and, through therapy, …


Your Body: 'Banana Peel Challenge' May Lead to Serious Injuries

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorA new social media trend that resembles something out of a cartoon could potentially cause people to sustain real injuries.The “Banana Peel Challenge” has kids walking on banan…



VA Secretary Robert McDonald 'Deeply Regrets' Wait Time Remarks

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he “deeply regrets” comparing wait times at VA hospitals and facilities to lines at Disney parks.“At VA we take our mission of caring for those who ‘sha…