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Since their start in 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada’s Five Finger Death Punch have estab-lished themselves as a major commercial force in American heavy metal, selling well over 2 million albums and filling thousands of seats on tour from coast to coast. Taking their name from vintage martial arts films (and often abbreviating their moniker to 5FDP), vocalist Ivan ‘Ghost’ Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, bassist Matt Snell and drummer Jeremy Spencer released their first album, ‘The Way of the Fist,’ in 2007 — then added lead guitarist Jason Hook (replacing one-time W.A.S.P. member Darrell Roberts) in time for 2009’s sophomore ‘War is the Answer.’ Both albums achieved gold status, with the help of high profile touring jaunts supporting Korn and Disturbed, among others, after which 5FDP graduated to headliner status themselves and released 2011’s third straight gold-seller, ‘American Capitalist,’ introducing new bassist Chris Kael. This same lineup resumed recording activities two years later and delivered, not one, but two new albums just months apart — naming them ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volumes 1 and 2,’ and achieving matching No. 2 standings on the Billboard charts. With no end in sight to their winning streak on U.S. soil, Five Finger Death Punch have recently turned their attention to expanding their fan base worldwide, with ever more ambitious tours taking them to new countries.

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Earlier today, a number of outlets picked up on a story that singer Ivan Moody was departing Five Finger Death Punch. However, the vocalist says he is not leaving the band in an official statement. Moody apparently told Denver radio station 106.7 KBPI, “To be completely honest with you, Death Punch and I have kind of come to a crossroads, and we’re very proud of what we’ve done — I mean, years and years and years and years of work. But it’s time for us to kind of take our way and go do something else. So after this new year, my new band Villain . . . I’m so excited, man. I’ve got Brian [Steele Medina] from Gemini Syndrome [on drums], I’ve got Stitch on bass. You’re not gonna believe this: I’ve got Meegs [Rascón] from Coal Chamber as our guitar player. It’s gonna be fun, man. It’s gonna be a good time.” Loudwire chose not to report on the story as the audio from the radio interview was taken down and we did not receive any confirmation from the band’s management when we reached out for a statement. Now, Ivan Moody has issued an official statement, clarifying his comments and setting the record straight: It’s no secret that this has been a tough year for me and for my bandmates in Five Finger Death Punch. When you put everything you have into making music, both on and off the stage, it can be very frustrating when the music you work so hard to create is not allowed to see the light of day. I know we share this frustration with our fans too, who have come to expect new music from us – fans who mean everything to us. It is true that Five Finger Death Punch has come to a crossroads – and that crossroads is we’re all at a place where we will never again let someone or something hold us back from making music for our fans. The lawsuit by Prospect Park holding our new album hostage has taken a toll on me. I was in a rehabilitation facility when Prospect Park decided to sue the band last year, and that was very difficult for me to handle all at once. Yesterday I made a statement that was taken out of context by the media – a media always looking to create headlines that will make people click them. The truth is, I want to start a side-project like Corey Taylor has with Stone Sour or Maynard has with A Perfect Circle and I want to do it when Five Finger Death Punch’s deal with Prospect Park is over and we are out of this lawsuit. THIS DOES NOT MEAN I PLAN ON LEAVING FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH! The great thing about being a musician today is that you can explore your creativity in multiple ways without compromising your primary focus. I learned this watching people like Corey and Maynard and I think their fans are glad they’ve put more music out into the world. I hope my fans are, too. All that said, Five Finger Death Punch fans can expect our next album via Prospect Park and we are geared up to tour all throughout 2017. We are about to leave for South America and Europe and we have other dates TBD. All of us in the band have worked incredibly hard over the last 10 years to build this band and none of us are going to let that go just because our record company is trying to sabotage us. I am sorry if the media took my statement as a resignation, but I assure you it wasn’t.”

IVAN MOODY – vocalist Five Finger Death Punch