Shortly after FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH played the U.K.'s Download festival this past June, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook talked Total Guitar magazine through their latest Dean and Gibson signature models; the Dean AR-6 and Gibson M4 Sherman Explorer. Check out the footage below.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody has revealed in a new interview with Revolver magazine that he developed a serious drinking problem while the band was touring in support of its last album, "American Capitalist". Moody explained, "When I sang, I was a totally functional alcoholic. I could do my job. But then half of the tour for 'American Capitalist', I couldn't even tell I had been onstage. I would literally wake up the next day and say, 'Where the hell are we? What did we do last night?' And someone would go, 'Well, we played a show in front of 20,000 people.'"
The situation apparently got to the point where the band was threatening to replace Moody with a different frontman. He recalled, "While I was drinking myself into oblivion, I lost all contact with my three kids and my family . . . I got to a point where I wouldn't wake up in the day at all. I'd just sleep through it and then wake up and go to the bar and then go back to bed."
Moody added, "I had just gotten divorced, so I was going through women like water and it just turned into a pattern. I felt gross. I felt like a junkie. My own bandmembers wouldn't return my calls and I lost multiple tour managers, crew members. I can't tell you how many friends stopped talking to me."
Bathory confirmed that things got tense between him and Moody, saying, "We never actually punched each other. We'd shout at each other and go toe to toe like we were going to throw down . . . It came to that point many, many times, but I always knew that there's no way I would ever let him go."
Moody said he finally decided to get sober after a heart-to-heart conversation with KORN frontman Jonathan Davis, who struggled with drugs and alcohol early in his career.
Moody recalled, "I went on his bus and he sat there. He lit me a cigarette and he looked me in the eyes and said, 'First things first, dude. You need to get off the juice. You've got the most talented band and you're a great performer, but you're fucking up and I've been there.' What he was saying was so potent because he was someone I had looked up to my entire life."
Moody told The Pulse Of Radio that his personal experiences found their way into the lyrics on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", including the first single, "Lift Me Up". "'Lift Me Up' was about overcoming, because it seems like sometimes there are these chains — and I know everybody can relate to this — and it's almost like you're just questioning, you're looking out to the universe to say, 'Hey, there's got to be more than this, you know, help me get out of this rut,'" he said. "And so 'Lift Me Up' was just more of a positive feed on how to get by and how to overcome."
The first half of the two-record set will arrive on July 30, with the second part due later this fall.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently co-headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with ROB ZOMBIE. The tour stops in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Tuesday (July 16).