Monday, August 27, 2018

Zoltan Bathory explains decision to cover 'Blue On Black'

During a recent appearance on "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie, Zoltan Bathory spoke about the group's decision to cover "Blue On Black", a blues rock song originally recorded by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band in 1998, on 5FDP's latest album, "And Justice For None".

Asked how Five Finger Death Punch goes about choosing which songs to cover, Zoltan said: "First and foremost, it has to be fun. Everything you cover has to be something that is fun to redo, fun to interpret in your own style, your own voice. And that, actually, is not that easy, because everybody has to agree, so the whole band has to agree that we actually like that song.

"Ivan Moody is a very emotional kind of guy who re-lives all his lyrics when he's singing, so if he's lyrically not connected to a song, he's not gonna sing it — he just simply won't," Zoltan continued. "So it has to make sense to him. If all those criteria are there, then it's a go.

"In this particular case, actually, the [other] guys [in the band] wanted to do this song," Bathory said. "I was the one who was, like, 'Ahhh… I don't hear this song. It has a blues-ish, southern vibe to it, and I can't really imagine that Death Punch could remake this song.' And then we did it — we made the song in the studio, we recorded it — and when Ivan was recording the vocals, it started to really come together when I was, like, 'Wow!' And in retrospect, I'm glad we did it, because it completely fits the record — it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. We made it our own, and I think it sounds amazing.

"As I said, I just didn't see this one — I just didn't see that this would work — and it came out great, in my opinion," he added. "And it's another flavor that we've never really done before. So I think it actually adds to the album another dimension, another kind of flavor that we wouldn't have otherwise."

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