Five Finger Death Punch appeals to a particular demographic in heavy metal: Their testosterone-driven, in-your-face music is heavy and angry at all that is evil -- destruction, internal struggles, politics, war, bullying. Every friend I have in the armed services loves them. I've heard of soldiers who've approached the band and told it that a friend was killed while FFDP was blasting on their headphones.
There's no doubt that the band -- consisting of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, bassist Chris Kael, guitarist Jason Hook and drummer Jeremy Spencer -- know how to connect with its fans, old and new.
Now the band is set to unleash its most ambitious release to date, the double-album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell (Volume I arrives July 30). It includes collaborations with everyone from Maria Brink (In This Moment) and Max Cavalera (Soulfly) to Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Tech 9. Catch Five Finger Death Punch at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this Friday, July 5, at Ak-Chin Pavilion, along with Rob Zombie, Mastodon, and Amon Amarthe.