Five Finger Death Punch Biography
Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Death Punch and abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band’s name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death, to which Quentin Tarantino later made reference in his movie Kill Bill. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. Bingham was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts in 2006, who was then replaced by Jason Hook in 2009. Bassist Matt Snell departed from the band in 2010, and was replaced by Chris Kael in 2011.
Five Finger Death Punch’s debut album The Way of the Fist was released in 2007, which began achieving rapid success and selling over 500,000 copies each in the United States. The 2009 follow-up album War Is the Answer further increased their popularity, selling over 1,000,000 copies and got certified platinum by the RIAA, The band’s third album, American Capitalist, was released on October 11, 2011 and achieved Gold status within the year. The following 3 albums (Wrong Side Of Heaven Vol 1. and Vol 2., and “Got Your Six”) all had been certified gold making 5FDP one of the most successful Heavy Metal bands of the decade. The band has played international music festivals including Mayhem Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2013, and Download Festival in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Five Finger Death Punch are the recipients of the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards for “Indie Artist of the Year” in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. They were also honoured with the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Album (American Capitalist) and Song of the Year (“Coming Down”) in 2012 and “Video of the Year” for “Wrong Side of Heaven” in 2014.
Five Finger Death Punch has been described as heavy metal, groove metal, thrash metal, alternative metal and hard rock. Thom Jurek of AllMusic wrote that Five Finger Death Punch’s “instantly recognizable sound is comprised of equal parts melodic and meaty guitar riffs, fat vamps, catchy hooks, tight, flashy solos, and hard-grooving bass and drums”. Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody’s vocals are usually singing and screaming. Five Finger Death Punch also occasionally play ballads.
Bathory described Five Finger Death Punch as “a straight-up heavy metal band with a hint of thrash metal — maybe a hint of the Euro stuff in there” and then said, “that’s pretty much what we are”. Spencer described Five Finger Death Punch as “kind of like stepping on a garden rake while looking at a supermodel. Blissful yet fucking devastating”. He then said, “We have an energy and a rhythmical style that’s different than what’s happening out there. We have songs that grab you and stay with you and rip your face off. Hooks, balls, melodies and energy — that’s us”.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory cited Pantera as an influence. Ivan Moody cited vocalists such as Mike Patton, Phil Anselmo, Layne Staley and Lynn Strait as influences. Moody also said, “Pantera is one of our biggest influences”. Jeremy Spencer cited drummers such as Lars Ulrich, Dave Lombardo, Gene Hoglan, Dave Grohl, Buddy Rich and Tommy Aldridge as influences. Spencer also cited Prince and David Bowie as influence
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