It’s no secret that Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has been battling addiction for some years. All has been quiet on their front since it was announced that he was seeking help, but now we have an update on the future of the band.
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory explained,
“You have to change the habits on the road – what happens, what’s on the rider. You have to take off all the alcohol – even mouthwash. It’s about trying to eliminate all of the triggers.
He’s been battling his demons, and when you’re in a rock band, it can be really difficult to be on the road.
If you have any kind of addiction or addictive personality, everybody wants to hang out and party. People are going to come up to you and say, ‘Hey man, let me buy you a drink,’ or ‘Let’s hang out.’ For them, that’s a big thing. They don’t realise that to us, it was the same thing yesterday, and the day before that, and the past 300 days before that.
But you don’t want to be rude – it’s just hard for people to understand that.”
As for what specifically the band is doing to help Ivan, Bathory says,
“You have to change the habits on the road – what happens, what’s on the rider. You have to take off all the alcohol – even mouthwash. It’s about trying to eliminate all of the triggers.”
According to Bathory’s interview with Metal Hammer, there are quite a few options when it comes to new music from the band. He mentions,
“Since we have six records, I think now is the time when technically we could do any kind of album. This is the moment where we can sort of experiment.
We have a couple of ideas floating around. One of them is to make a little bit of a retro record, just to have fun and do a thrash metal vibe, and then there are new ideas that are completely different, involving elements that we’ve never had before.
Both directions are exciting, so we’ll have to make a decision.”
Whatever it takes to get new music, I’m in! What do you see ahead for Five Finger Death Punch?