Five Finger Death Punch on Rob Halford: 'The Guy Is an Icon'

The Judas Priest frontman appears on their new album, but as their frontman explains, their dream collaboration almost didn't happen.

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Five Finger Death Punch have praised their hero and new collaborator Rob Halford of Judas Priest, who features on their new album "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell."

"I grew up listening to him - they guy's an icon for music in general," says frontman Ivan Moody, who was as surprised as anyone when Halford once revealed that he was a fan of their band and later accepted an offer to appear on their new album with the song "Wrong Side of Heaven." But as he explains, the dream collaboration almost didn't happen.

"He was quoted as saying Five Finger Death Punch was one of his favorite bands. And it just blew me away - I was like, 'Wow! I can't believe this just happened!' We approached out management and said, if we could have anybody in the world on this album, let's see what Rob would do.

"At first it was a no, so we walked away thinking 'Ah, we didn't think it was going to happen.' About a week later, we got a call back saying that he had heard the track 'Lift Me Up' and that he was absolutely going to do it, and fly into Las Vegas three days later."

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"The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1" will be released on July 30.

35 comments sorted by best / new / date

    iommi600
    That headline made me think that someone had punched Halford before I realized it's the band's name...
    Jazz1992
    Same here. "Hey, who dared to punch Rob... oh wait."
    iommi600
    Halford: "Stop beating me in the face, you scum." FFDP: "Why?" Halford: "Because you're... BREAKING THE JAW, BREAKING THE JAW"
    Vincentdrummer
    I really enjoy their music. But it seems like I am the only one here...
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    it's mostly their fanbase of annoying tapout shirt wearing monster energy addicted, wwe watching suburban rednecks that gets them hate.
    Norgz94
    I enjoy most of their earlier stuff but on American caplitalist i only really liked the title song and Under And Over it. They're good, but i think they're gonna die out soon for me IMO.
    Metal_82
    You can praise idols all you want, but it doesn't make you any more talented than you already aren't.
    Smithereens
    It's not that the band is talent-less and inherently sucks. Their main issue is their refusal to utilize anything other than basic radio-radio friendly song structures, and that really gimps their albums.
    solidrevolver19
    It's funny how people accuse them of radio-friendliness, yes they use it but it's mostly their singles, their album tracks sound a lot different. Dumb metal elitist if they were in the 80s they would probably accuse Iron Maiden and Judas Priest for the same sh*t with their songs such as "Running Free","Purgatory","Breaking the Law","Heading Out to the Highway", etc.
    vppark2
    These guys are like the new Papa Roach....theyre never going to change their sound.
    IVOSPAZOUT
    I can't think of a funny post so here's one from the facebook post: FFDP blows so hard so I can see their praise for Halford...
    cfhdomination
    Bro #1: Hey bro, have you heard the new FFDP album? Bro #2: Yeah brah, it's heavy as f*ck!! I listen to it while watching UFC fights. It gets me so pumped up!! Bro #1: Hell yeah bro!! Speaking of Hellyeah, you should check them out too!! Bro #2: Oh brah, I love that song Alcohaulin Ass!! Nothin' like a 12 pack of Bud Light when that song is playing!!
    ewolf5150
    FFDP, godsmack, disturbed, breaking benjamin, etc i call Jock Metal. just heavy enough to lift your weights, but not heavy enough to scare your bitch girlfriend away.
    Nwright14
    I don't know about you, but when I'm lifting I don't listen to Opeth, Dream Theater, and ****ing Karnivool. I want simple, "heavy" bands to listen to that get my blood moving. These bands fit the mold perfectly. The last thing I want to do when lifting is analyze every aspect of a song. Just understand that those "jocks" you speak of might not be dumb bros that only listen to "douchecore" as some have put it.
    Zan595
    I understand the reference to the first few, but Breaking Benjamin? What?
    chiefmegadeth
    Awesome band cant wait to hear it. LOve Judas Priest. Rob is my favorite singer, also look forward to hearing Max Cavalera on the record
    bigblockelectra
    the bald guy with the black shirt on the right looks like a bloodsucker from STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl
    ewolf5150
    i remember when i used to think FFDP was so sweet. i have since moved on to heavier metal with more substance. like others have stated, these guys are radio metal and appeal to casual heavy music fans. they also have some of the worst lyrics ever. maybe one day the masses will not shun heavy screaming metal with breakdowns, solos, and odd timings. bands like FFDP just ruin music for me nowadays. they r sick live tho, seen them 3 or 4 times. you like metal bro? "yeah i listen to hard stuff like FFDP lol"