Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch (also initialized as FFDP or 5FDP) is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2005, the group's name is derived from classic oriental martial arts cinema. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. Bingham was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts in 2006, who was then replaced by Jason Hook in 2009. Bassist Matt Snell departed from the band in 2010 and was replaced by Chris Kael in 2011.
Their debut album The Way of the Fist was released in 2007. Following its release, the band began achieving success rapidly. The 2009 follow-up album War Is the Answer further increased their popularity, leading to both of the albums being certified gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies each in the United States. The band's third album, entitled American Capitalist was released on October 11, 2011 and achieved Gold status within the year. The band has played international music festivals including Mayhem Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2013, and Download Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Five Finger Death Punch are the recipients of the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards for "Indie Artist of the Year" in both 2011 and 2012. They were also honored with the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Album (American Capitalist) and Song of the Year ("Coming Down") in 2012.
History
Formation and The Way of the Fist (2005–2009)
Main article: The Way of the Fist
Five Finger Death Punch was founded in 2005 by former U.P.O. bassist[4] Zoltan Bathory and drummer Jeremy Spencer, deriving the band's name from classic martial arts cinema.[5] Bassist Matt Snell joined in early 2006. Later that year Bathory contacted vocalist Ivan Moody, sending him some of the material the band had recorded and asked him to audition for the vocalist position. Moody flew from his home in Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles and quickly began recording material with the band.[6]

Jason Hook, who replaced guitarist Darrell Roberts in 2009.
By the end of 2006 their debut album, The Way of the Fist had been recorded, entirely produced by the band. The album was recorded with Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno and Mike Sarkisyan and was mixed by guitarist Logan Mader.[7] After searching for a second guitarist, they found Caleb Bingham who played some shows with the band, but was later replaced by Darrell Roberts.[8] Shortly after recording the album, they signed a record deal with Firm Music, a branch of "The Firm".[9] On July 10, 2007, they released an EP, Pre-Emptive Strike exclusively through the American iTunes Store.[10] The album's lead single, "The Bleeding", was released on July 13, 2007.[11] The Way of the Fist was released on July 31, 2007. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 199 and was certified gold in 2011.[12]
From July 30 – September 2, 2007, the band went on their first major tour cycle as one of the supporting acts on Korn's Family Values Tour.[13] They were also a supporting act of the North American leg of Korn's Bitch We Have a Problem Tour from September 22 – October 27, 2007.[13] They were set to tour with Chimaira and All That Remains from January through March 2008, but due to singer Ivan Moody developing cysts on his vocal cords they were forced to pull out.[14] He made a full recovery and they began to tour again.[15] They supported Disturbed on their Indestructible US Tour from April through May 2008.[16]
The Way of the Fist was re-released on May 13, 2008, with 3 bonus tracks.[17] One of the bonus tracks, "Never Enough" was released as the album's second single on July 15, 2008. Later that year they were a part of the 2008 Mayhem Festival playing the Jägermeister Stage. The third single from The Way of the Fist, "Stranger Than Fiction" was released on September 17, 2008. The Way of the Fist was released through Spinefarm Records in Canada on November 4, 2008,[18] and in Europe on January 19, 2009.[19] In January 2009 Darrell Roberts was asked to leave the band[20] and was replaced by guitarist Jason Hook.[21] They ended their support for their first album playing the main stage at the 2009 Download Festival.[22]
War Is the Answer (2009–2010)
Main article: War Is the Answer


Vocalist Ivan Moody performing at Rock on the Range 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.
War Is the Answer was announced as Five Finger Death Punch's second studio album in May 2009.[23] The album was produced by Kevin Churko and mixed by Randy Staub.[24] The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200[25] and has been certified gold by the RIAA.[12] The first single from the album, "Hard to See" was released on July 21, 2009.[26] To promote War Is the Answer, Five Finger Death Punch embarked on "The Shock and Raw" US Tour. Main support on the tour was provided by Shadows Fall, with additional support coming from Otep and 2Cents. Upon completing the US run of the tour, Five Finger Death Punch then brought the Shock and Raw tour to Europe, finishing off with a run of dates in the UK. Main support for these dates was again Shadows Fall, and opening acts for the UK portion of the tour were Rise To Remain and Magnacult.[27]


Zoltan Bathory in 2012
The second single from War Is the Answer, "Walk Away", was released on November 2, 2009. The album also spawned two UK-only singles, "Dying Breed", released on November 16, 2009,[28] and "No One Gets Left Behind", released on March 8, 2010.[29] During March 2010, Five Finger Death Punch traveled to Iraq and played 10 shows for the United States troops.[30] The band's cover of Bad Company's song "Bad Company" was released as the fifth single from War Is the Answer on May 17, 2010. On their way to perform at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Zoltan Bathory, Matt Snell and Jeremy Spencer were detained by German police for alleged international weapons violations. After recognizing the event as a misunderstanding, German police released the band members and they appeared at both Rock im Park on June 4, 2010 and Rock am Ring June 6, 2010 as scheduled.[31]
Five Finger Death Punch also played the Maurice Jones Main Stage at the 2010 Download Festival on June 12, 2010.[32] While playing the song "Dying Breed", their set was cut due to too many people crowd surfing up to the stage. They were allowed to play one final song, "The Bleeding".[33] They played the main stage at Mayhem Festival 2010 with Korn, Rob Zombie and Lamb of God from July 10 until August 14, 2010.[34] On August 17, 2010 they performed the songs "Bad Company" and "Hard to See" on the ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[35] On September 16, 2010, The band released "Far from Home" as the sixth single from War Is the Answer.[36] They supported Godsmack on their "The Oracle 2010" tour from October 3 – November 4, 2010.[37][38] The song, "Dying Breed" was featured on the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' remake of Splatterhouse, released on November 23, 2010.[39]
American Capitalist (2010–2013)
Main article: American Capitalist
The band began to record their third studio album entitled American Capitalist in November 2010[40] at The Hideout studios in Las Vegas, Nevada. The album was released October 11, 2011.[41] The album was produced by Kevin Churko, who also produced the band's previous album, War Is the Answer.[42] It was announced in April 2011, that bassist Matt Snell had departed from the band in December 2010[43] and in June 2011, Chris Kael was announced as Snell's replacement.[44] The first single from American Capitalist, entitled "Under and Over It", was released on July 27, 2011.[45] In support of the album, Five Finger Death Punch embarked on their "Share the Welt" tour from October 16 – December 14, 2011 with support from All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rains and their "Furious and Deadly" tour from March 23 - April 12, 2012 with support from Soulfly, Windowpane, and Persist.[46] The song "Back For More" is included on the soundtrack for the video game Madden NFL 12.[47] "Back for More" was released as a digital single on September 13, 2011.[48] "Remember Everything" was released as the second official single for American Capitalist in November 2011,[49] with a music video following in February 2012.[50] "Coming Down" was released as the third official single from American Capitalist in April 2012,[51] with a music video, directed by Nick Peterson, following in June 2012.[52]
From July 13 – August 28, 2012, Five Finger Death Punch took part in Metal Hammer's "Trespass America Festival" with support from Battlecross, God Forbid, Emmure, Pop Evil, Trivium and Killswitch Engage.[53]
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2 (2013–Present)
Main article: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
On February 15, 2013, Five Finger Death Punch had stated on Facebook that they were working on a new upcoming fourth album and it's due out this Summer. On February 28, the band posted a picture on Facebook of Ivan being the last member to do some vocal recording for the upcoming album. On March 12, the band posted up an update video on their upcoming fourth album on YouTube.[54] On March 18, the band was announced to be playing Mayhem Festival 2013. On March 18, Five Finger Death Punch posted a promotional video of their next upcoming tour with the new short song of "Here to Die".[55]
On May 1, 2013, Five Finger Death Punch announced the release of their next studio albums: Volume 1 scheduled for release on July 30 with Volume 2 following later in the year. Bathory said "We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the 4th record. Everybody was in the right headspace and the band tighter than ever so it was a perfect storm. We jumped in head first and found ourselves 12-13 songs deep fairly quick but were still coming up with better and better material so we looked at each other and said... okay why stop there?... let’s keep going. Once we passed the 24th song we knew we’re going to have to do a double album. We had this massive amount of music that’s very dear to us, possibly the best material this band has ever created. At that point there was no way to decide which songs to leave off the album. So we made the decision to release them all."[56]
During the 5th Annual of the Golden God Awards, Five Finger Death Punch performed their new song with Rob Halford entitled "Lift Me Up".
On May 14th, Five Finger Death Punch released the song "Lift Me Up" as a single.
On June 6th, Five Finger Death Punch revealed the art cover for The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and they also released a new snippet of one of their newest singles "Dot Your Eyes"

ESCAPE THE FATE

Escape the Fate is an American post-hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada formed in 2005 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada, they are currently signed to Eleven Seven Music. The group consists of Craig Mabbitt (lead vocalist), Robert Ortiz (drummer), Bryan "Monte" Money (lead guitarist and backing vocalist), Michael Money (rhythm guitarist), and Thomas "TJ" Bell (bassist and backing vocalist).

They have released three EPs and three full-length studio albums. Dying Is Your Latest Fashion was the band's debut album and only album to feature vocalist Ronnie Radke. This War Is Ours, released on October 21, 2008, This album departed from the band's earlier emo, darker sound, to a more hard rock, mainstream sound. Less screamed vocals are used, and the album was cited to have a varied, mixed sound changing from track to track. It is the first Escape the Fate album to feature former blessthefall singer Craig Mabbitt on vocals, the album debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard 200, selling 13,000 copies in the first week. Their self-titled third studio album was released worldwide on November 2, 2010. It was the band's first and only album released on DGC/Interscope following their departure with Epitaph and the second with vocalist Craig Mabbitt. The album charted No. 25 at Billboard 200, No. 1 at Hard Rock Albums, No. 4 in a Rock Albums, No. 3 in Alternative and Independent charts and No. 18 in Digital Albums Chart. The album is heavier than the previous album and features a darker sound. Upon release, the album has received generally positive reviews, and is Escape the Fate's most successful album to date. It is the band's last release to feature bassist Max Green. Their fourth album Ungrateful was released on May 14, 2013 by Eleven Seven Music, and charted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200, with 17,000 copies sold in its first week. The band has sold over a million records worldwide.

Album titles can be quite a dicey proposition. In a perfect world, the title should tell you something about what kind of action awaits inside the jewel box (or the album jacket). There’s not much room for error when you pick up Slayer’s Reign In Blood or Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream; you pretty much know what you’re getting into, either way. Which is why you should pay close attention to the title of the new album from modern metal mavericks Miss May I. The band may have recorded in a studio, but the title At Heart tells you everything you need to know about where those songs actually came from.
“I feel like there are a lot of ways for a metal band to sound played-out,” offers Miss May I frontman Levi Benton. “One of the biggest ways is the whole ‘hate’ thing. It bums me out when I’m listening to a band I like and the lyrics are along the lines of ‘I hate you.’ They’re doing what every other metal band in the world are doing by cheesing it up like that. On At Heart, we wrote about things personal to us. It wasn’t like I was trying to write something that sounded ‘cool’ and ended up spending days on it. On these songs, I thought, ‘This is something I’ve been through,’ and could put the lyrics down in two hours. We’re really proud of what we’ve done on At Heart—and we’re proud of the trip we went through to get here.”
Don’t make the egregious mistake of thinking the boys of Miss May I turned into soft prima donnas. The band—Benton, guitarists Justin Aufdemkampe and B. J. Stead, bassist Ryan Neff and drummer Jerod Boyd—have been playing it lean and mean since their inception in Troy Ohio, four years ago. Since aligning themselves with respected underground label Rise Records for their 2009 debut, Apologies Are For The Week and 2010's head-swiveling Monument, MMI have always approached their creative process with light-speed. The band usually spent two weeks in the studio with producer Joey Sturgis to hammer out their pummeling metal, thanks to a grueling tour schedule that has them on the road 10 months out of the year. So while harried touring life made them a tight, furious unit, the band felt the itch to go even further as both players and people.
Enter Machine, the acclaimed producer who’s worked with everyone from Lamb Of God (one of Benton’s all-time faves) to Mindless Self Indulgence. The band holed up in his New Jersey studio for two months to make At Heart. While that time frame might sound positively luxurious, the producer spent a lot of time putting the band through their paces. Miss May I were ready to start laying down tracks immediately, but Machine demanded they spend two weeks on pre-production where he could listen to the songs they wrote and tear them apart as needed. Forget the computer enhancement prevalent in today’s music scene: If the band members couldn’t play the parts live, it wasn’t going on the record. Not only did Machine make the band change their way of thinking regarding their instruments, he made a lot of non-negotiable demands on Benton.
“Sometimes he was really brutal with our songs, but it was worth it,” the singer remembers. “We did the vocals on a hand-held mic to get that live-show feeling. His whole thing is feeling the song. ‘What are the lyrics? I want to feel the lyrics!’ He’s all about selling the lyrics and that’s all I concentrate on when I’m playing live. With Sturgis, he’d be like, ‘Your voice is cracking, we’re done for the day.’ With Machine, he’d say, ‘Go get a drink.’ I’d be using the hand-held, and he’d be in his space, moshing around to what I was doing! ‘Come on, it’s like a show,’ he’d say. And I think you can hear that on the record.”
All that’s missing is the stage diving and the moshing: Upon first listen, At Heart is the hallmark for a positively rejuvenated band. First single “Ballad Of A Broken Man” rip-saws any doubts Miss May I would go soft, crossover to the pop charts or (shudder) embrace dubstep. “Hey Mister” details life without a father figure, buttressed by clean melodic vocal verses, the six-stringed bite and Boyd’s piston-pulsing drumming. “Hey, You Are Not Alone” offers a roaring sense of empowerment for youth who feel disenfranchised, replacing that sense of hopelessness with life-affirming rage. “We Lost Our Way” is as close to a power ballad the quintet ever get, starting with anthemic verses and acoustic guitars, only to finish off in high gear. “What A World It Is” sums up the whole Miss May I experience succinctly, where the power manifests itself with Aufdemkampe and Stead’s dual-guitar dynamics, Neff’s nimble figures entwined around Boyd’s wicked kick-drums and Benton’s acumen in delivering death-growls and vocals that practically guarantee the next stop on this journey is the stratosphere. Simply put, At Heart is a bona fide quantum leap for Miss May I.
“Working with Machine made us a better band,” Benton readily acknowledges. “I just want to be in a long-haired, denim-jacket-wearing thrash band. We want to bring back denim jackets with no sleeves and back patches! Nobody is doing that anymore. We’ll go on tour and everybody’s got keyboards and dubstep parts in their music. I don’t want to be one of those ‘blueprint’ bands that get stuck doing the same thing—the same breakdowns, touring with the same three bands—that works for everyone else.”
Benton speaks with the confidence of a man whose convictions are carrying him through life. But you have to wonder why anybody would willingly put themselves through the kind of regimen Miss May I insist on giving audiences. In a world where listeners with a sense of entitlement routinely download music, and another bunch of pretenders with a quarter of the experience are willing to play the same old breakdowns Benton rails against, you have to wonder what is their motivation. Or you could refer back to the album title.
“It’s not about a cash payoff as much as it is a sentimental one,” says Benton, unflinchingly. “All of the things we dreamt about as little metalheads in the basement are coming true. We get to travel the world. Every day is a blessing. Material things like fast cars, big houses and expensive leather boots mean nothing. If there are a thousand kids that know my songs and I get to see them go nuts at a metal show? That’s my reward.”
Miss May I’s At Heart. Because whether you’re at the center of your emotional being or stepping lively in the biggest mosh pit you’ve ever entered, one thing is certain: There will be blood.

Gemini Syndrome

Bursting on the scene, comes Gemini Syndrome from Los Angeles. And by bursting that is no understatement. Although only officially a band since January 2010, they are poised to become the next big thing happening in music. Their spectacular live show, brilliant musicianship accompanied by Aaron Nordstrom's melodic voice that still retains that metal edge, have raised the bar in the Los Angeles rock scene.

Rich Juzwick (Guitar) - Gemini Syndrome was borne out of Rich's great riffs with an ear for arrangements and the development of the music.

Aaron Nordstrom (Vox) - His melodic harmonies prefacing clear legible growls are fantastic, and his tone, timing, and lyrics are what make him a truly talented vocalist.

Brian Steele Medina (Drums) - Incredible backbone and clean beats, that aren't over bearing. A very visual drummer with great stage presence.

Mike Salerno (Guitar) - Brilliant guitar player whose rhythms set the tone for the harmonic flow of the music, and backing vocals that make the live show sonically full.

Alessandro "A.P." Paveri (Bass) - Talented italian born bass player that lends not only exceptional bass lines to the rhythm, but his unique bass style is also vitally important to the bands sound.

Gemini Syndrome is one of those perfect storms that come along in music every now and then, to create a package that works wonders. By no means is this is "local" band trying to make it in the scene. Produced by Mikey Doling (Snot/Soulfly/InVitro), even their live show lends credence to the fact that this is a polished product, ready to conquer. Their songs are hook after hook and are radio friendly tunes that connect with listeners, regardless of what genre they follow. That is the key; this is not a metal band or pop band or any one thing. They incorporate many influences to develop their own sound that crosses over musical genres. As well produced as they are, their live performance is every bit of what is on their recordings and so much more.


Bursting on the scene, comes Gemini Syndrome from Los Angeles. And by bursting that is no understatement. Although only officially a band since January 2010, they are poised to become the next big thing happening in music. Their spectacular live show, brilliant musicianship accompanied by Aaron Nordstrom's melodic voice that still retains that metal edge, have raised the bar in the Los Angeles rock scene.

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Sunday, October 13 · 6:30 PM at Freedom Hall / Lancaster Co. Convention

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