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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:02 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Dec 1, 2011.

Heavy metal fans should prepare for a large dose of emphatic sound as Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) gets ready to invade Council Bluffs.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, 5FDP will bring its Share The Welt Tour to the Mid-America Center — a venue that’s been known to impress.

“We are absolutely looking forward to playing to the crowd there,” 5FDP guitarist Jason Hook told the Daily News in a recent interview. “The band has been there a few times, and I can remember having a lot of fun with the fans. It’s going to be a good show.”

This year, 5FDP’s concerts are operating under a bigger package than ever before. With two semi trailers, three buses and 20 crew members traveling the country, crowds can look forward to a high-octane experience.

“Our live shows are built around a lot of energy and aggression,” Hook said. “It’s about having an intense delivery and making sure the music stays intact. Our sound stays firm and powerful at the same time.”

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Adopting that same philosophy are 5FDP’s supporting bands on the Share The Welt Tour — All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rev Theory.

“All of those guys are friends of ours,” Hook said. “They have earned a loyal following because of their reputation for being very good live. That helps every single one of the bands play in better venues and reach out to their fan base.”

Fan involvement is an important aspect of 5FDP’s tour.

“Crowd interaction is key when you’re doing anything live,” Hook said. “We have various moments in our show when we engage audience members. That makes a huge difference because the fans feel like they’re a part of what we’re doing.”

5FDP also is known for making a connection with fans outside of concert venues.

Through social media, the band invites fans to participate in different contests, such as submitting 5FDP tattoo photos and entering to win Hook’s guitar from the “Under and Over It” music video.

“A major goal of ours is to relate to the people that follow our music,” Hook said. “People are attracted to things that make them feel involved and appreciated. That’s all we ever try to do with our fans.”

“Under and Over It” was the first single from the band’s third studio album, “American Capitalist.” Released in October, “American Capitalist” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 90,000 copies in the first week.

“Any aspect of that is good,” Hook said. “We basically doubled sales from our previous release, and it makes us happy to see that response. Strategizing for an album is a vital process that we take very seriously.”

Part of 5FDP’s most recent strategy revolved around its fall tour dates.

“I think that the tour dates and the album release being so close together had a positive impact on us,” Hook said. “The tour brings more attention to the record, which obviously helps both music products.”

Following Saturday’s performance at the Mid-America Center, only six more stops on the Share The Welt Tour remain.

“Touring is a wild adventure in which you meet a lot of different people in a one-shot headline set,” Hook said. “It’s a constant entertainment whirlwind, but it’s all worth it.”

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