Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Speaks Of His Time In Rehab, Band Were Afraid To Use Pyro Due To His Drinking


Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has spoken with Metal Hammer regarding his latest stint in rehab, which took place this earlier this year following a disastrous live showing overseas that saw him head home early from tour Moody said of his time in treatment for his alcohol addiction:

“I learned a lot about myself. Things that I had forgotten. I learned what it was like to not battle myself anymore, which is really difficult to admit, because at the end of the day–and I’m sure anyone can agree with this–you’re your own worst enemy.

I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of, I don’t want to use the words ‘self sacrifice’, but that’s what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.”

The band’s guitarist Zoltan Bathory stated that at one point Moody‘s drinking got so bad that they weren’t able to use pyro onstage for fear of a mishap with him. He commented:

Ivan was a functioning alcoholic – this guy could probably fly the space shuttle drunk and you wouldn’t even know. You wouldn’t notice that he was drunk until he’d say something really bizarre, and then you were like, ‘Oh shit, you’re drunk!’”

“Now we go out and the machine is absolutely precise, to the minute. He’s actually where he’s supposed to be, meaning that if we wanted to use pyro, now we can. Before, you couldn’t tell him, ‘Don’t stand there,’ because he will.”

The band have a new best of set that also features two new songs titled “A Decade Of Destruction” scheduled for a December 01st release.

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