What the fuck is going on with Five Finger Death Punch?
Split rumours, lawsuits and meltdowns: are Five Finger Death Punch a band in turmoil?
In 1888’s Twilight Of The Idols, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” For the past six months, the members of Five Finger Death Punch (vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, drummer Jeremy Spencer and bassist Chris Kael), have been forced to take stock of why they do what they do amid pulverising setbacks. The dawn of 2016 saw them enjoying hard-fought status among the world’s most bankable arena rock outfits, and their sixth record, Got Your Six, debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The train shot off of its rails in March, however, when Ivan entered a rehab facility to address unspecified substance abuse issues, forcing the band to back out of a slate of Australian dates opening for Black Sabbath and a couple of their own headlining shows. They’d already cancelled two dates on their European tour at the end of last year, due to the Paris terrorist attacks, after Anonymous revealed that 5FDP might be a target next. Then their label, Prospect Park, filed a lawsuit against them, alleging breach of contract and “shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate” – something the band vehemently deny. The quintet have now hit the road for US dates before heading to Europe for summer festival season. We caught up with Zoltan, who told us that they won’t be broken...