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Five Finger Death Punch: Survival Of The Maddest

After an onstage meltdown in Memphis, fans wondered if Five Finger Death Punch were finished. But armed with new album Got Your Six, they’re on the road to Wembley – and world domination...

There’s a saying among those who have found themselves teetering on the edge of total, personal annihilation: you don’t get to choose when you hit rock bottom – rock bottom finds you. No matter how well you feel like you’re keeping it together, at some point the pillars of your life will come crashing down, one-by-one, all converging in one, terrifying, do-or-die moment. When the members of Five Finger Death awoke on May 1, 2015, they could not have guessed that they were only a few hours away from that very situation...

Call them rebels, call them outlaws or call them controversial, but few contemporary metal bands have – entirely on their own terms – amassed the commercial successes or the ferocious global fanbase that Five Finger Death Punch have. Bristling with equal parts swagger, testosterone and taut musicianship, the Vegas five-piece – singer Ivan Moody, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, drummer Jeremy Spencer and bassist Chris Kael – make no apologies for anything that’s come thus far. And why should they? Their bruising amalgam of seismic hooks, 18-wheel tempos and stadium-friendly choruses has translated into millions of record sales, particularly in their home country. Their most recent releases – Volumes 1 and 2 of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell – each peaked at Number Two on the Billboard 200 and Number One on the Billboard Hard Rock and Rock Albums charts. That they’ve achieved it all in only 10 years is nothing short of stunning.

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