Five Finger Death Punch reveals story behind new drummer: “This guy’s a beast!”

Adam Bettcher/Getty ImagesIf you're a struggling musician on social media, take heart: Five Finger Death Punch discovered their new drummer Charlie Engen on Instagram.

In the latest episode of Five Finger's ongoing behind-the-scenes video series, guitarist Jason Hook explains how Engen came to replace original drummer Jeremy Spencer, who left the group late last year due to health reasons.

"It was actually Jeremy that found Charlie," Hook says. "Jeremy had reached out to [him] through Instagram."

After undergoing a second back surgery, Spencer started to think about calling it quits, and suggested that his band mates check out Engen's profile.

"I immediately went and started checking out the videos online, and I was, like, 'Holy f***! This guy's a beast!'" Hook recalls.

When the 34-year-old Engen was first announced as the fill-in drummer in November 2018, he was referred to simply as a "drum prodigy" named "The Engine."

Engen is currently in the recording studio with Five Finger Death Punch as they work on a new album, the follow-up to 2018's And Justice for None.

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