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Five Finger Death Punch

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Standing as one of the big, commercial metal acts of the 2010s, Five Finger Death Punch's brand of explosive, anthemic, heavy rock continues to produce successful, top ten albums in the US and long-running, globetrotting arena tours.

Despite growing up under communist rule on an army base in Hungary, Zoltan Bathory had his life changed when he discovered Metallica and Iron Maiden and without speaking English he headed to America with a bag of clothes and one guitar in the late-1990s. His determination and resourcefulness led to him playing with post-grunge outfit U.P.O. and recording sessions with pop starlet Mandy Moore, before he founded Five Finger Death Punch in 2005 with drummer Jeremy Spencer and sought to combine classic hard-shredding solos, gutteral thrash breakdowns and melodic unifying choruses.

With Ghost Machine frontman Ivan Moody joining the following year, their debut album 'The Way of the Fist' helped build a solid underground following, but it was with second guitarist Jason Hook that the band started evolving into a snarling, volatile, metal beast on platinum-selling follow-up 'War Is the Answer' in 2009. At a time when many young hard rock acts were struggling to compete with established metal icons, third album 'American Capitalist' lifted them above the crowd and reached number three in the US charts. Bass player Matt Snell was replaced by Chris Kael in 2010, yet their prolific run continued with the two concept albums 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1', featuring Iron Maiden's Rob Halford, and 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2', which included the world-weary single 'Battle Born'.

Both records reached number two in the US charts, and although band members have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, their giant, atmospheric ambition and crossover appeal to rock radio continued with 'Got Your Six' in 2015. Though some elitist critics have sneered at their earnest, blue collar emotion and sludgy, heart-on-sleeve ballads, Five Finger Death Punch formed a connection with many fans serving in the US military and they remained reliably explosive, patriotic and sincere when they returned with their seventh studio album 'And Justice for None' in 2018.

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