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Five Finger Death Punch at DTE, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitlfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twit

Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2018

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It's been a dramatic few years for Five Finger Death Punch.

The Las Vegas heavy metal group was embattled from within and without. It's been in a protracted lawsuit with its former label, Prospect Park, over the end of its contract and a new deal with Rise Records, which was eventually settled. Frontman Ivan Moody, meanwhile, committed himself to rehab after erratic behavior and onstage meltdowns, and the group toured for part of 2016 with a substitute singer.

The good news is things are better now. FFDP's final Prospect Park album, "And Justice For None," came out in May and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Moody is better, and guitarist Zoltan Bathory says his band is in the best kind of fighting shape again as it criss-crosses the world...

The Hungarian-born Bathory, 40, says by phone that he was worried about the fate of FFDP as it went through its recent travails. "I think every band that exists right now is one argument way from breaking up -- that's the nature of a band. We're all artists, some of us are tortured individuals, some weird, some eccentric, some sensitive. I think every band has its ups and downs, but when these things were happening I felt that these were real problems and danger we were facing. We didn't know if we were going to pull through it -- but we did, and we're stronger for it."

Bathory is convinced that Moody "was on the way out, he was going to die" at the point he entered rehab. It was the band's intervention, according to the guitarist, that convinced Moody to make a serious and ultimately successful attempt to get sober. "We knew that (music) is the only thing he cherishes in life, the hour and a half performance. We had to step in and say, 'We're gonna take this away from you. If you don't go to rehab now, you're out.' We were scared. This ultimatum was the last card we had. You can't force somebody into rehab, and we really felt like if he didn't, he was going to die. The band was secondary; We were talking about his life first and foremost. But he did it. He knew this was rock bottom, and if he doesn't have this (band) he has nothing left to live for. That's what made him finally clean up."

While Bathory is happy with "And Justice For None," FFDP is also looking forward to its successor and the beginning of the new era with a new label that the group fought so hard to achieve. "It probably won't be until next year, but my initial feeling about the next record is that when we do get there I kinda want to do a heavy, heavy record again, like the first one (2007's 'The Way of the Fist'). We've taken a real journey and gone all sorts of places musically, but I think it's about time to go back a little bit. So if we did the next record right now, it would be absolutely brutal and heavy, 'cause that's where my mind is at now. But we'll see where we're at when the time comes."

If You Go:

Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Nothing More and Bad Wolves

6 p.m Saturday, Sept. 1.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets start at $29.50.

Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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