Zoltan Bathory Says Five Finger Death Punch’s “Living The Dream” Video Doesn’t Have An Anti-Mask Message

Five Finger Death Punch recently received some backlash for their “Living The Dream“ video, which many believed had an anti-mask message. Now, guitarist Zoltan Bathory has issued a statement denying those claims.

Bathory said the following:

“As much as some *news sites* used “anti-mask” as a clickbait title (And I must applaud the capitalist in them or I myself would be a hypocrite) Let’s make this crystal clear: In a fictional story, Amongst shopping cart zombies, Tide Pod eating fat superheroes and all the other metaphors, why would anyone think the mask scene isn’t one.

The scene in question is not about the masks… it’s NOT an Anti-Mask message…
… in fact you can go to FiveFingerDeathPunch.com
Right now and buy some cool ones… 😁

If I must explain this 🤷‍♂️ The whole video is in the frame work of fiction, a dystopian nightmare of one of the founding fathers – right before he signs the constitution.

Just as I prefaced it: “We as artists, have a unique opportunity to portray and ridicule the absurd to prevent it from *becoming* reality.

The mask segments are about hypocrisy on the highest level. When the rules are made for you but those who made them are exempt. Pretty much the standard in all dictatorships and totalitarian regimes (I had the displeasure of growing up in one) hence the reference.

I often say, ask us!!! The immigrants… the Cubans, the Venezuelans, the North Koreans, anyone from the former Soviet block… Talk to us and we will tell you …. WE were lucky, because we had a place to escape to. We are fortunate that we could come here…. but If America is gone, where will you go?

We immigrants also remember how our freedom slipped away, how our rights were ripped from us, how we were kept under the thumb and in fear of our own governments. So maybe, just maybe… we have valuable experience we can tell you about, we can forewarn you of the things we have seen before.

So We the people must do everything in our power to stay free as a society. We must prevent the rise of tyranny in all shapes and forms, we must resist the would be dictators and the totalitarian ideals. This is what the founding fathers worried about and tried to prevent by creating the constitution. Believe it. America is a miracle, and I LOVE this country… and I will never shut up about it.

Anyway – not anti mask – and If you reduced this entire video to that scene and missed the metaphor behind it … Well… the good news is – It is STILL America so you have the right to have and even print your own opinion.”

Five Finger Death Punch Premiere “Living The Dream” Video

Five Finger Death Punch have premiered a new video for their song “Living The Dream.” This track is from the band’s latest album “F8.”

Zoltan Bathory commented:

“America is a beautiful idea that draws immigrants like myself from all over the world to the promised land of equality, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This idea is now under siege and certain events are starting to remind me of the things many of us came here to escape… It’s not a “left against right” problem but an evolutionary problem.

The growing pains of a civilization that without the necessary spiritual enlightenment, arrived a bit early to a level of technology where everyone is connected. The good news is that now everyone has a voice. The bad news is that now everyone has a voice.

So we are living in the manipulators’ paradise, where liars and hypocrites run unscathed, the news are just opinions, politics are a blood sport, and facts are determined by consensus instead of the truth. We as artists, however, have a unique opportunity to portray and ridicule the absurd to prevent it from becoming reality.”

Five Finger Death Punch Premiere “Living The Dream” Lyric Video

Five Finger Death Punch have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Living The Dream.” This track is from their new album “F8,” which will be released on February 28.

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Premiere “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts” Video

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have premiered a new video for “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts” off their latest album “Living The Dream.” The clip was filmed at The Eventim Apollo in London on February 20.

Slash commented:

“This might have been the last thing I came up with and brought to the band. It was another idea I had where I wasn’t sure the other guys were going to get where I was coming from. But the chorus was done in such a way that I’d knew they’d get that part of it, and from there all we’d have to do is figure out the verses and the other sections. It actually came together really quickly, and after Myles heard it he had a vocal melody almost instantaneously.”

Kennedy added:

“It’s a newer one, for sure. Lyrically, it’s about having this awareness that you’re really close to obtaining your goals, as well as beating the odds. I thought about it from the perspective of a young musician striving for something, only the doors keep closing on him. But he’s already come so far. So, it’s a reminder to stay on course because you’re almost there. It seemed like a good idea to end the record on. Keep pushing through and persevering, and eventually what you’re shooting for will happen.”

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Premiere “Call Of The Wild” Video

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have premiered a new video for “Call Of The Wild” off their latest album “Living The Dream.” The clip was filmed in Poland earlier this year and it was directed by Sturge Media.

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Premiere “Mind Your Manners” Video

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have premiered a new video for their song “Mind Your Manners.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Living The Dream.” Director and editor Clifton Collins put together the clip using fan-filmed footage captured on Cinebody during the group’s October 16 show at the Palladium in Hollywood, California. Slash commented:

“It was great to involve the fans to make this video. They did an awesome job! Having Clifton shoot as well as edit it all together was just perfect.”

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Become Puppets In “Driving Rain” Video

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have premiered a new live-action, animated video for their song “Driving Rain.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Living The Dream.”

Slash commented:

“The idea behind doing an animated video for ‘Driving Rain’ is mostly due to the dark subject matter of the song influencing directors to come up with very dramatic, dark and sullen regular live action treatments that weren’t any fun at all (no offense to those guys). So, I wanted to create something that could be tongue-in-cheek and yet still be dark with live-action animation. We’re all big fans of Stoopid Buddy and they came up with a great concept and treatment. We love the video and it came out effin’ brilliant. FYI, no puppets were harmed during the making of this video.”

John Harvatine IV, creative director and co-founder of Stoopid Buddy, added:

“Our whole team at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was beyond excited to work with Slash, Myles and those hard rocking Conspirators. We had a blast creating a dramatic heart-pounding music video with rag-doll-like rod puppets and adrenaline-filled RC Jeeps. From this moment forward, ‘Driving Rain’ is now the ‘Citizen Kane’ of music videos!”

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Stream New Album “Living The Dream”

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are streaming their new album “Living The Dream” in full. That effort was officially released today (September 21).

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Premiere New Song “My Antidote”

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have premiered a new song titled “My Antidote.” This track is from the band’s new album “Living The Dream,” which will be released on September 21.

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Perform On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators were the musical guests on last night’s (September 12) episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” The group played five songs during the mini concert and footage of “Driving Rain” and “Mind Your Manners” from the set can be seen below. The band’s new album “Living The Dream” will be released on September 21.