Five Finger Death Punch – on the wrong side of heaven, but doing just fine
Ahead of next week’s metal gig of the year – when Five Finger Death Punch share the stage in Dublin's O2 with the mighty Avenged Sevenfold – 5FDP guitarist Zoltán Báthory talks to The Irish Times
We can’t preach, but we can ask questions. I can’t tell fans what to think, but I can ask questions. On American Capitalist, we did the same thing. When we were recording, pretty much the whole world was in a financial meltdown. We wanted to sort out a couple of things. There is a weird thing going on, not just in the music industry, but generally that anybody who is successful attracts a lot of jealousy and hate. The capitalist system is probably the best we have got. This is closest to nature. A free market economy, the strong survive, if you work harder, you get further. There are certain things in the system that works, but we wanted to point out how bizarre it is that success attracts such hatred. It is bizarre and it is global.
This new record also has a point. It is about the fact that everything is just an opinion. The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell means that every time you are right, you are somewhat wrong and visa versa. What you are thinking may be acceptable, but, in a different society, but in another culture, it might be completely unacceptable. Who is right and who has the right to decide who is right? Can you trust your own instincts?
You were one of the highlights for many fans at Download Festival last summer. What can fans expect from your show in Dublin?
You can expect a lot of energy. It is still not our show. We are coming back in March with a headlining show. That’s a whole different show. Our playtime is somewhat limited. What we can and cannot do on stage is somewhat limited, but we are playing some new songs. We haven’t been in Dublin for a long time. This band is always the band that leaves everything on stage. It’s always high-end energy so that we are not just hanging out on stage. We see this as a precursor for our 2014 headline tour in Europe.
Five Finger Death Punch’s new album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 is out now. Five Finger Death Punch support Avenged Sevenfold in the O2 on Tuesday, December 3rd