Friday, November 24, 2017
Ivan Moody says that he "learned a lot" about himself while he spent time in a treatment facility addressing his substance abuse issues.
Asked about what he learned during his time in rehab, Moody told this month's edition of Metal Hammer magazine: "I learned a lot about myself. Things that I had forgotten. I learned what it was like to not battle myself anymore, which is really difficult to admit, because at the end of the day — and I'm sure anyone can agree with this — you're your own worst enemy.
"I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that," he continued. "It was a lot of… I don't want to use the words 'self sacrifice,' but that's what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough."
Five Finger Death Punch will release a greatest-hits collection, "A Decade Of Destruction" on December 1.
Chris Kael told Finland's Kaaos TV that choosing the two new songs to include on "A Decade Of Destruction" "was a very complicated, very involved decision. 'Cause if you're putting the two new songs on the greatest-hits record, you don't want that to take away from the full-length album that's coming out behind it," he said.
"We always try to make the record flow — so, you know, you have a heavy song, a heavy song, something a little lighter, so and so," he continued. "But, yeah, it's an important decision not to take away from the soundscape of the main record."
According to Kael, he and his bandmates fought to get some new music on the "Decade" collection because "if you have iTunes, you can already program your own greatest hits. Now, why do you need to [release a greatest-hits album]?" he said. "But it's exciting to be able to put out two brand new songs on that compilation. So, for us, that was the benefit of doing it — the ability to get two brand new songs out to the fans, however we can possibly get it out there."
As for Five Finger Death Punch's upcoming full-length album, Kael said that the disc will include one track that he describes as his "new favorite Five Finger Death Punch song. I won't say what it is. You guys know me; I like heavy stuff, so you know it's gonna be a heavy song," he said. "But when I first heard the finished product in the studio… I heard the music before, when we went in, and then Ivan comes in and adds his stuff to it. And when it got sent to me, I was, like, 'Oh my God! He is so angry.' There's such a vitriol in this song. And I was, like, 'Ahhhh… Ivan, welcome back, man. Welcome back.'"
Kael admitted that his listening habits tend to gravitate toward the more aggressive music — much more extreme than the stuff his band usually plays. "That's just my own personal preference," he said. "I listen to bands like Code Orange, Nails — hardcore punk rock and death metal-type stuff. So that's kind of where I come from. So, personally, I love the heavier stuff. But there's something about being able to write that song that reaches so many people that can get you to fill an arena. Playing clubs is fun, but there's a whole different vibe. And it's hard to write a song like that. I can… Heavy stuff? All day long, all day long. But something that's toned down a little bit that can reach a bigger audience, which gives you the chance to kind of positively affect lives of more and more people, that's hard to do, man. It's hard to write a hit song."
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Five Finger Death Punch added a couple of "new songs" to the setlist of this European tour. You can watch below the acoustic version of "I Apologize".
Monday, November 20, 2017
Five Finger Death Punch was joined by an 'heavy metal grandma' on stage during the band's concert in Oslo, Norway. You can watch the video below:
Saturday, November 18, 2017
During a question-and-answer session with fans at the Bandit Rock radio station in Stockholm, Sweden, Zoltan Bathory spoke about the band's upcoming album, that will be out early next year.
"We are Five Finger Death Punch, so it's gonna sound like Five Finger Death Punch," Zoltan said, before adding that the new disc would contain "no jazz fusion. It's a really good record; I think it's one of our best, if not the best," he said. "At this point, we're keeping our sound, but it's about songwriting and getting better and better songs," he explained.
"We had a little bit of wrestling match with our record label, and we settled that issue," Zoltan said. "And we had a record that we recorded maybe a year ago. To be completely correct, we finished it a year ago — last December, something like that — and we had a little, as I said, wrestling match, a legal one, but now it's settled. And what it means to us is that we're putting out this greatest-hits record and a record that we recorded then. Since that, we recorded a couple of new songs, so that's gonna be added to that, but it's all new material that you guys, obviously, didn't hear before. So because the greatest hits also has two songs, we have about… in the next six or seven months, you guys are gonna hear about 17, 18 songs that are coming out, between all the records."
Zoltan said that Five Finger Death Punch's upcoming album will contain "probably about 12 new songs and a few bonus tracks on the deluxe edition. But I'm really proud of it. Probably a couple… I would say maybe two or three of the best songs we've ever written are on this new record," he said.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Five Finger Death Punch has recently started the European tour, and have played songs so far never played live like "Ain't My Last Dance". You can see some videos below.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Five Finger Death Punch has just been confirmed for Welcome to Rockville 2018 which will be held in Jacksonville, FL from 27 to 29 April 2018. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit rockville.frontgatetickets.com.