Saturday, September 19, 2015
Ivan Moody: "I became the monster they were looking for"
Ivan Moody recently talked with Revolver magazine, you can read some excerpts below.
When asked just what exactly he was looking to get off his chest in his lyrics for the songs on ‘Got Your Six,’ Moody is characteristically blunt.
“Everything,” he says.
But this response, he’s quick to add, is not an intentionally vague answer. Rather, it’s merely the truth. “No, honestly,” he continues. “I got tired of holding back, and I figured, this is our sixth record, and this would be the record where I could just tell people how I feel. This one is basically me telling my fans I appreciate everything they’ve done for me. So I opened my chest and I became the monster they were looking for.”
Moody, it should be noted, is hardly the only member of Five Finger Death Punch who sees ‘Got Your Six ‘as a particularly significant record in the band’s catalog. Says the decidedly more chatty Zoltan Bathory, “It’s the transition to Death Punch 6.0. And this is not, like, the difference between Windows 95 and 98. This is like going to XP. It’s a completely new start, but without losing what we have always been.”
What Five Finger Death Punch have been, up to this point, is one of metal’s most unlikely success stories. When they came together in 2005, they were five guys who had already been around the proverbial block—the Hungarian-born Bathory, for one,had cut his teeth with L.A. post-grungers U.P.O., while Moody had logged time with nu-metal act Motograter (Hook, meanwhile, who joined FFDP in 2009, was previously an in-demand guitar ace who had played with everyone from Alice Cooper to Vince Neil to Hilary Duff). Five Finger Death Punch’s 2007 debut, ‘The Way of the Fist,’ was, according to Bathory, “literally recorded in my living room. We hired [former Machine Head guitarist] Logan Mader to mix it, but other than that we did it pretty much on our own. And then we released it on an indie label with just a handful of employees, and we managed to build this thing off of that.”
What they built is a career that now boasts four gold-certified albums (‘The Way of the Fist,’ 2009’s ‘War Is the Answer,’ 2011’s ‘American Capitalist’ and T’he Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1′), a slew of radio hits (including their platinum-certified cover of Bad Company’s “Bad Company”) and scores of sold-out clubs, theaters and arena shows—no small achievement for a metal act working in the 21st century music world.
“And because of how we came up, we’re probably the biggest unknown band when it comes to pop culture,” Bathory says. “Because Five Finger Death Punch wasn’t something where you had a band, and then a major label came along and dropped a huge budget on it and it was like, Boom! We climbed the ladder on our own. Every single thing we have, we’ve had to fight for.”
In some ways, they’re fighting even harder today. Which is one of the reasons why ‘Got Your Six’ is coming so soon after the double- release extravaganza of ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.’ “It’s because this is our moment,” Bathory says. “This is the moment where you don’t take your foot off the gas pedal. This is the moment where you don’t slow down.”