Five Finger Death Punch: 'People Are Listening, That's All That Counts'

Frontman Ivan Moody talks success of band's latest record, praises Avenged Sevenfold.

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As one of today's most prominent metal acts, Five Finger Death Punch furthered their success with the latest record "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1." Singer Ivan Moody addressed the band's musical growth and high album sales, noting that the new album "encompasses the entire catalogue" of 5FDP.

"When we first started, we were [in] a business relationship, we were like partners," the frontman kicked off while discussing band chemistry. "We really didn't know each other, we didn't hang out, it wasn't a clubhouse by any means. But through time, we got to know each other and became more intimate. At this point - we fight among ourselves, but the second there's an outsider, we all join together, it's like a transformer."

Apart from underlining how honored the group was for having the likes of Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford or Soulfly's Max Cavalera joining them in the studio, Ivan humbly addressed the impressive 4 million albums sale figure, pointing out that it makes the group feel like they're "doing something right."

"People are listening, that's all that counts man," he briefly said.

Finally, Moody discussed the upcoming European tour with Avenged Sevenfold, giving M. Shadows and co. nothing but props. "We're lucky enough that those guys are friends with us," he started. "We told them we're trying to break ground in Europe and UK - how do we go about it? An they're like 'Well, come with us, we'll show you.' It's just amazing, those guys are great. They're fantastic musicians, good people, make stellar music."

"The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1." was released on July 30 via Prospect Park. With 112,000 copies sold in the US during the first week, it landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    despite writing what i consider rather bad lyrics, i still think he's a good singer. i'm not the biggest 5FDP fan by any means, but i do enjoy some of their stuff. apart from that, he seems like a cool guy. i'm glad that there's still metal bands that are able to get that high on a mainstream chart such as the billboard 200.
    Saw them at Mayhem this year and while I'm not a fan of the band, they at least know how to put on a show rather than just stand and play instruments. Moody did come off as a bit of an egocentric dick the whole time which kind of let them down.
    Tweens are listening. It's a shame though because they really can do much better but the lyrics and some of the riffs really let them down.
    "...the second there's an outsider, we all join together, it's like a transformer." I don't believe that's how Transformers work, sounds like a Power Rangers kind of thing.
    Maybe you could break ground in Europe by not cancelling every show you were supposed to do at Graspop -_-
    I read the guitarists' entry on Mayhem festival in Guitar World magazine, and the guitarist just seems to view himself and the band in such an egotistical way. He comes across as a huge jerk.
    5FDP is a great band to just turn your brain off and just rock the f**k out.