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    Mon, 12 Sep 2011 06:47:46

    Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch Digs Deep for "American Capitalist" - Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino about going to Hell and back for "American Capitalist" in this exclusive interview...

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    Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch reaches inside himself like never before on American Capitalist, the band's forthcoming third full-length album due out October 11, 2011.

    "When I started writing, I felt like it was time to get back to the basics and gut myself," he declares. "I really wanted to see what would come about."

    What came about is the best hard rock record of the year and Five Finger Death Punch's most mind-blowing effort to date. Moody practically rips himself open on songs like "If I Fall", "Menace", and "100 Ways to Hate". As a result, his lyrics prove incisively infectious. Plus, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook display the most devastating and deadly fretwork you'll hear all year as Jeremy Spencer pummels his drums to hell and back with Chris Kael's bass holding down the fort.

    As for that lyrical intensity, Moody went back to a few of his personal favorites for inspiration this time around. He reveals, "If want to sit back and just dig into yourself, there's nothing better than the lyrical content of Dirt or Jar of Flies. Phil Anselmo's lyrics on Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven were brilliant as well. It was almost like the devil was coming out of him. It reminded me of The Exorcism of Emily Rose."

    It's easy to see how deep Moody goes on American Capitalist. He adds, "I have to. I didn't live that 'party' life growing up. Getting my first King Diamond patch and putting it on my jacket or my Metallica shirts was so outrageous at the time. For me, rebellion came as an everyday thing. I had to rebel. I get annoyed when I hear other people that don't dig that deep. That's why I loved Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Tool's Undertow was phenomenal. That parted the seas. It separated all of the bullshit that was sifting at the top of the music industry and brought it right down to the bottom. It was just perfect. Everybody needed it. That was a musical enema, no pun intended [Laughs]."

    American Capitalist will undoubtedly have the same effect. Moody reflects on something his mom said to him before he began writing lyrics for the album that stuck. "My mom was like what difference are you going to make? What are you talking about? Are you going to be Jim Morrison, are you going to be Lady Gaga, are you going to be John Lennon or are you going to be Ivan? I sat there and thought about it. I want to make sure I leave something behind."

    He most certainly does with American Capitalist.

    Rick Florino
    09.12.11


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