“I would have died” if I had finished the 2016 tour

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To appreciate the present, you have to look at the past, even if it takes you to dark places. For Five-Fist Punch singer Ivan Moody, 2016 brought his longstanding problems with alcohol to the head, but after some difficulties, he now appears to be on the path to a healthier future. Moody breathed part of his trip into the group's new album F8 and he says in a new interview with Metal Hammer that he is lucky to be alive.In November 2016, Moody took the stage during a visibly emotional show in Worcester with the group eventually cutting their short set. Shortly after, it was revealed that All That Remains singer Phil Labonte would finish the race.

Moody's needed a transition to rehabilitation. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory remembers, "We were running on rails and we were like, 'Okay, we can't keep Ivan on the road because he's going to die. He has to go to rehab. Everything that's necessary. »»

Moody adds, "At first, man, I was fucking livid, but Phil is a blessing, man. This guy saved me the day. If I had finished this European tour, I would have died on the plane. "

The following year, another incident occurred when Moody did not start the show with a group touring Europe. Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext, who spoke at the start of the night, possibly filling in for Moody during European dates as well, while another rehab stay was in order.

"I didn't want to stop," recalls Ivan. "For me, drinking was fun and it was part of life and it was just something that was part of me. So I figured that as long as I didn't get in the way of someone else's time, it didn't matter. And what I didn't know was that it was killing everything around me. It was like putting gas on a lawn and expecting it to grow back. "

The singer credits both Jonathan Davis of Korn and Rob Halford of Judas Priest for their love and support while soberly pursuing his battle.

In the song Louder Sound, Moody said that finally a close friend pointed out how he had everything he had always dreamed of and that was when it finally brought up what was at stake. shit, I have everything I wanted and more. What is wrong with me? Why do I get it all? Said Moody. "It really fucked me up, man. I don't understand why some people have access to the universe and others feel like they should just stagnate and fail. It hurts, man. When I watch the people I love so much deteriorate right in front of me and I can't do anything about it ... why the hell am I in this position and no one else sees this light? It took me a long time to understand that the position I am in is intended to benefit other people. "

Now, 19 months of sobriety, Moody's on a healthier path, and it shows in music. Producer Kevin Churko says, "His line is now different from the one he drinks, and stronger in many ways. It benefited him in almost all ways. He arrives on time. He shows himself. "

Moody also didn't shy away from his battle, using it to fuel some of the new music. "Hearing this takes me to places I can never escape. It's as raw as ever. It’s painful like a motherfucker to hear part of it because it’s still so fresh, ”said the singer.

Five finger punch F8 album is on track for a February 28 release. Pre-orders are being taken here, while there are also bundles on this location. The group is currently in the middle of a European tour, with an American tour to follow in April. Get ticketing information here.

In other news from Five Finger Death Punch, you can currently participate to win a chance to discover the band playing with Papa Roach in Phoenix. I Prevail and Ice Nine Kills will also be part of the show at Talking Stick Arena. Get entry details here.

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