About Jason Hook
Jason Hook is the lead guitarist of US metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
Jason Hook started his music career at the early age of 6 in Toronto, Ontario, with private guitar lessons. Jason's early experience in formal music training also included drums, piano and violin. Jason spent many years in Canada honing his craft and he eventually got signed with his band Monkeyhead. Later, Jason relocated to Los Angeles as a session musician as well as a stint in the hard rock band BulletBoys. Hook became a highly coveted session player in the LA circuit, and he went on to tour and recording with acts like the Vince Neil Band and Alice Cooper. In 2007, Hook released his debut instrumental solo album Safety Dunce. It garnered industry praise and an L.A. music award for "Best Instrumental Record" of 2007. Later in 2007, Hook recorded his second solo release American Justice, which featured guest appearances from Alice Cooper, members of Five Finger Death Punch and Phil Demmel from Machine Head.
In early 2009, it was announced that Hook was joining heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, replacing guitarist Darrell Roberts. On September 22, 2009, Hook and his new bandmates released the band's second album, which was certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies in the United States and landed them a number 7 debut on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
During March 2010, Jason and Five Finger Death Punch took time out of the busy tour schedule to travel to Iraq and play 10 shows to support the United States troops.
The band began to record their third studio album entitled American Capitalist in November 2010 at The Hideout studios in Las Vegas, Nevada. The album was released October, 2011 and was produced by Kevin Churko, who also produced the band's previous album. The album has since been a great success with songs included on video game soundtracks for Madden NFL 12 and Namco Bandai Games' remake of Splatterhouse.
Following the release of the album, they have been touring extensively with impressive line-ups containing bands such as Godsmack, All That Remains, Hatebreed, Soulfly, Windowpane and Persist.
Jason uses a simple setup where he depends on the G-Major 2 for all of his effect needs. The intelligent pitch shifting is one of the important reasons why the G-Major-2 is his weapon of choice. Here is what Jason had to say about it:
It's really powerful and really smooth. I've tried a bunch of units and this is by far the smoothest sounding harmonizer that I've found and I'm really exited about it. Thanks TC!
TonePrints by Jason Hook
Videos with Jason Hook
Jason Hook demonstrating his "Pulled Pork" Helix Phaser TonePrint
Five Finger Death Punch and TC Electronic G-Major 2
Five Finger Death Punch guitarists talk about their TC Electronic guitar gear