Things have been getting a little crazy behind-the-scenes with Five Finger Death Punch lately. Along with being embroiled in an ongoing lawsuit with their record label Prospect Park, asking for them to let them go from the label, frontman Ivan Moody has also been more or less off the grid since their November tour, which he was absent for following a “mental meltdown”, which saw Phil Labonte of All That Remains fill-in.
In a recent interview with Denver based radio station 106.7 KBPI, it appears that Moody very strongly implied that his time with the band was coming to an impending close, and that he’d be moving onto a different project named Villian at the end of the year.
“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 from Gemini Syndrome, I’ve got Stitch on bass. You’re not gonna believe this. I’ve got Meegs from Coal Chamber as our guitar player. It’s gonna be fun, man. It’s gonna be a good time.”
However, a few hours following the broadcast of this interview, Moody has since released a lengthy statement, clarifying the intent of his words, and that at this moment of time there are no plans and no intentions for him to step down from Five Finger Death Punch or for the band to separate whatsoever, along with commenting that Villain will simply be a side-project of his.
“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.”
At the time of writing, Five Finger Death Punch‘s lawsuit with Prospect Park is allegedly still ongoing. Despite this, the band have also signed a deal with Rise Records last year, who intend to release their first record away from Prospect Park later this year, subject of course to the outcome of any court action.
More news surrounding Five Finger Death Punch, the ongoing lawsuit, and their forthcoming album will be confirmed as and when it develops.