FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist Says People Take Opinions 'Way Too Seriously'

October 7, 2014

In a recent interview with West Michigan's FOX 17, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory spoke about the lyrical themes covered on the band's latest album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", which was released in two parts last year, with the first arriving in July 2013 and the second following last November.

"Since there is a global connection with the Internet and all the social media, everybody has an opinion," Zoltan said (see video below). "And people take that stuff way too seriously, of what that opinion is. Everything you say, everything you think is just a point of view. The record revolves around that."

He elaborated on the album's overall message, saying: "Just chill out. Take a step back and look at it for a second. Your opinion is an opinion. Wherever you are, whatever you do, in somebody's eyes it's right, in somebody's eyes it's wrong."

Despite releasing two albums' worth of material last year, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is already looking toward its next studio project. The band's drummer Jeremy Spencer told Artisan News, "We're at the studio right now, and we're recording some new material. And after we finish the [fall North American co-headlining] tour with VOLBEAT, we're gonna go back in and try to finish up everything in the winter and then get something out late spring [or] early summer."

Spencer added that the band has demoed four songs so far, saying, "I'm liking what I'm hearing, but there's a long way to go… We'll judge the body of work when it's done."

Asked how FIVE FINGER is going about following up last year's "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell" albums, Spencer told Live Metal: "Well, now we're gonna do three records! [laughs] No. We're just gonna do what we do. We always write what we feel at the time. You can't get caught up in trying to worry about, is this gonna sell more or is this gonna be better? I've certainly gone through that already. After 'War Is The Answer', following up with 'American Capitalist', there was a lot of pressure. It was self-induced more than anything, and I realized it's a waste of energy to worry about that stuff. Just write the best songs you can that are as honest as possible and that you like to listen to, and the rest will take care of itself. That's just kind of how we approach it."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on September 16 in Salt Lake City.