Chris Kael is unveiled as replacement for fired Matt Snell and says: “I’m living proof that dreams can come true”

Five Finger Death Punch

New man: Kael, right, with 5FDP

Five Finger Death Punch have announced Chris Kael as replacement for bassist Matt Snell, who was fired at the end of last year.

And the new man says he’s “living proof dreams can come true”.

The band have not given a reason why Snell was dismissed, with guitarist Zoltan Bathory explaining: “Yes, he was fired. We have a contract with Matt and it says I can’t tell you anything that would hurt his career if he goes any further.”

But they’ve now released photos of their most recent recruit and say: “You’ll have the chance to see him this summer. It’s time to get this ball rolling and get back on the road – we can’t wait to hit it.”

Kael, who moved from his native Kentucky to 5FDP’s Vegas base, adds: “Never give up on your dreams. I’m living proof that, with hard work and a little bit of luck, they can come true.”

The band are set to release their third album in early September. It was recorded without any input from Snell or Kael, but Bathory says the arrangement didn’t affect the record in any way.

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