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 Movie Appears To Be In The Works, Band Named “Best Live Act” At 2020 AIM Awards

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Zoltan Bathory offered an update on Five Finger Death Punch’s current plans. Interestingly, the guitarist seemed to suggest that a new movie focusing on the band is among the various things that they have in the works.

Bathory said the following:

“I’m good with the gas pedal, but didn’t really figure out how the brakes work yet, so even though these days I jump in the pool once a day, it’s full-tilt boogie here.

We just built a Death Punch app, which is in the final testing phase, we’re working on video treatments for the next couple of singles and working on a Five Finger Death Punch movie.

I’m also designing props for whenever we can tour again, designing new Death Punch merch, new signature guitars, training Jiu-Jitsu and renovating a castle which is a fun side-project.

And besides navigating the Five Finger Death Punch battleship, I also co-manage Bad Wolves and Fire From The Gods, so I’m pretty busy. Oh, and the Illuminati won’t run itself either, so…”

It’s worth noting that the group have been filming parts and working on a music video for the new horror movie “The Retaliators.” However, it is unclear if that’s what Bathory was referring to.

In other news, Five Finger Death Punch have also been named as the “Best Live Act” at the 10th anniversary edition of the AIM Awards. The band said the following about that:

“We want to take a second to tell you what a tremendous honor it is to receive the best live act AIM Award 2020 and an extra special shout out to AIM for always providing growth and opportunities for independent artists and labels. WE are proud to be one of them. We look forward to seeing every last one of you out on tour sooner than later, stay safe out there, keep well!”

Dan Waite, MD Europe Better Noise Music, added:

“It’s fantastic to have AIM as a backer and champion for the independent music community. AIM’s knowledge support and guidance is invaluable to independent record labels. Five Finger Death Punch winning AIM Best Live Act is testament to the bands passion, integrity, vision and lack of compromise when putting together Global Arena filling shows. Their fans recognise that and voted accordingly. Thank you.”

Zoltan Bathory Says Five Finger Death Punch’s New Album “F8” Is A “Rebirth”

During a recent interview with Billboard, Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory discussed the band’s new album “F8“ (out February 28). According to the guitarist, the record is a “rebirth.”

Bathory said the following:

“Here we are — everybody’s sober, everybody’s ready to work and focused. There’s a lot to say, a lot to prove. It’s like a new band, in a way. It’s progressing. It’s rebirth. It’s transcendent. When I listen to this album, it’s the same sound, the same band — but it isn’t. If you really listen to this, it’s not the same band — for the better, both musically and lyrically.”

He also added the following about the inspiration for the album:

“…There’s no political or social commentary. It’s not about what’s happening in the world. It’s about the band — what we went through and who we are as people now, at this moment, who we are as a band at this moment. It felt like we survived a tornado so to speak, a Category 5 with all the chaos around us. So it’s very much a personal record.”

He later continued:

“Ivan was in a very difficult situation. He went back many, many times to rehab. At moments he looked like he was not gonna make it, that he was gonna be another ‘rock star’ that didn’t make it. We lost Chester Bennington. We lost so many of these guys, some of them personal friends, and Ivan was almost one of them — a couple times he did die and has to be resuscitated. He literally said, ‘This album is everything that happened in my life leading up to this record.’ He calls it his absolution.”

Bathory also added:

“The last few years the main focus was saving the band, putting out the fires and the constant issues. There was always distractions. Now that the chaos has disappeared Jason and I can really concentrate on each other and each other’s playing and how we can complement each other. We can really now work even closer and focus more, and that relationship got better because the circumstantial noise and constant tornado went away.”

If you missed it, Five Finger Death Punch’s new song “Inside Out” can be found HERE.

Zoltan Bathory Says Lyrics On New Five Finger Death Punch Album Were Inspired By Ivan Moody’s Journey To Sobriety

During a recent interview with News & Record, Zoltan Bathory revealed that the lyrics on Five Finger Death Punch’s new album were inspired by Ivan Moody’s journey to sobriety. Moody previously struggled with alcohol addiction in the past and officially celebrated one year of sobriety back in March.

Bathory said the following about Moody’s lyrical inspiration:

“He came through hell. He came back. And that journey, that message is there in the lyrics. A lot of it is about that, his experiences of what happened to him when he was down, how people treated him. He came back, and how people doubted him, that he could come back. And when he comes back, the world is different and he has a different attitude. He can process what happened as a person. So all of those phases, lyrically, are definitely on the record.”

He also revealed that the band gave Moody an ultimatum to help inspire him to get sober:

“We had to … threaten him that we’re going to take away the last thing that he loves, the band. And it’s a bluff. We didn’t want to do that, but we had to say that. We had to say, ‘Listen, if you don’t [do] this now, you’re done. You’re out.'”

[via Loudwire]

Zoltan Bathory Says Five Finger Death Punch Is “Probably The Worst Fucking Name”

In the latest studio diary from their new album sessions, Five Finger Death Punch‘s Zoltan Bathory and Ivan Moody talked a bit about the band’s name. Bathory had the following to say about the moniker:

“The name of the band has to have some kind of effect. It doesn’t have to be positive; it doesn’t have to be, like, ‘That’s the greatest name in the world!’ It can be, ‘Oh my god, that’s the dumbest fucking shit I ever heard!’–equally good, because it got a reaction. I mean, I don’t think you can beat ‘Five Finger Death Punch.’ That’s probably the worst fucking name. In fact, we almost changed it, but then Ivan came in and said, ‘That’s the best name ever, they’re gonna fucking hate it! Keep it! That’s fucking ridiculous!’”

Zoltan Bathory Says Five Finger Death Punch’s New Album Is “Shifting Back To That Heavier Side”

Five Finger Death Punch are currently recording their new album with producer Kevin Churko at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas and the band have been sharing a series of videos from the sessions. In one of the clips, guitarist Zoltan Bathory said the following about the new material:

“Man, so far, this record is gonna be… Holy shit! It’s nasty— some nasty riffs. The vocals are great. Kind of like ‘War Is The Answer’ [2009], ‘The Way Of The Fist’ [2007] a little bit. For some reason, the music is kind of shifting back to that heavier side. And, man, I’m really, really curious to see how it’s gonna turn out, because… Wow! I’m very, very happy with what’s happening.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory On Ivan Moody: “The Last Three Shows Were the Best Shows I’ve Seen Him Do for Years”

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory was recently interviewed by Loudwire, and discussed Ivan Moody’s issues with alcohol abuse, which have led to meltdowns in the past. According to Bathory, Moody has been doing better as of late, and his “last three shows were the best shows [he’s] seen him do for years.”


Bathory on Moody’s drinking:

“He’s been battling his demons for a long, long time, actually since I’ve known him. He’s always had an issue and sometimes he’s great, sometimes he’s not. It’s a battle. He doesn’t haven’t a substance issue, he’s always had a drinking issue. I started to realize that it was a real misalignment, it’s a real illness. It can’t simply be discarded like, ‘Why can’t you get yourself straight?’ It’s not that simple. So he’s battling this and he’s trying. He’s been in rehab a few times, he’s been in for a longer period of time now.”

Bathory on Moody’s current state:

“The last three shows were the best shows I’ve seen him do for years. He looked happy and he looked healthier. Obviously, the whole band is around him and everybody’s supporting him and trying to be brothers and understanding and trying to keep him straight. So cross your fingers, I think this is the time when he can do it.”

In other news, Bathory also mentioned that the band are hoping their new album will finally see the light of day eraly next year.

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Says Tilburg, NET Show Was An “Avalanche Of Clusterfucks”, Fans Start Petition To Get The Band’s New Album Released

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory has commented further about the band’s “train wreck” of a show in Tilburg, NET. You can see what he had to say in the below Instagram post. In other news, fans have started a petition to get Prospect Park to release Five Finger Death Punch’s new album, which was completed late last year.

[via The PRP]

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory On Keeping Ivan Moody Sober On Tour: “It’s About Trying To Eliminate All Of The Triggers”

It has been widley documented that Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody struggles with addiction issues, considering situations like the band’s infamous onstage meltdown, and the accusations Prospect Park made in their lawsuit. Moody has since gone to rehab though, and Zoltan Bathory told Metal Hammer that the band are trying to change their touring habits to help keep him sober.

Bathory said the following:

“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 realize 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.”

He also added the following about the band’s new album:

“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.”

The band’s new album will fulfill their contract with Prospect Park, and they have already signed with Rise Records for further releases.

Report Online Claims Ivan Moody’s (Five Finger Death Punch) Wife Filed For Divorce & Alleged Domestic Violence, Zoltan Bathory Disputes Claims

A story running over at TMZ, has been circling around the Internet today and claims that Ivan Moody’s (Five Finger Death Punch) wife, Holly Smith, filed for divorce from the vocalist, due to infidelity. Then this supposedly turned into a violent altercation. After being reported on numerous other sites, Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory shot it down, saying Moody doesn’t even have a wife. You check out the TMZ report and Bathory’s statement below.


TMZ report:

“Holly Smith confronted Ivan in a Vegas hotel room and accused him of infidelity after finding texts on his phone from various women.

She says she eventually went to sleep, and woke up with Ivan‘s arms around her neck in a Jiu-Jitsu submission hold. She says he then repeatedly punched her and choked her with a blanket.

Moody was arrested for domestic violence but the charges were dropped.

The rest of the divorce docs paint a similar picture of abuse, with injuries that include a bloody eye and busted blood vessels.

Holly wants financial support, and says Ivan has plenty to give … she says he banks around $66k a month with his heavy metal act.”

Zoltan Bathory’s Tweet:

UPDATE: Some photos have apparently surfaced showing Moody and Smith together. There is also another TMZ report saying Moody’s sister, Sandra Dykes, has gotten a restraining order against him. You can read that report below:

“In the docs Dykes claims Moody has a history of violence with women that spirals out of control when he drinks and drugs. She says she was forced to take action when Moody started falsely accusing her, their mother, and even his own daughter … of stealing his money.

A judge granted Dykes and her 2 kids restraining orders. She says her mom and niece are filing for their own.”