They’ve Got a Team of Veterans Behind Them
Five Finger Death Punch has a team of seasoned rock and metal veterans helping guide its career. Longtime Mötley Crüe manager and 10th St Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group founder/CEO Allen Kovac manages the band. Their record label Prospect Park, which was founded in 2008, includes Peter Katsis and Jeff Kwatinetz, who left management company The Firm (Korn, Linkin Park, Dixie Chicks) to start the collective, which also works as a television production company and artist management company. The label’s roster also includes Korn and Like a Storm.
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They’ve Gotten Big Support From Radio and the Metal Community
Radio has played a big part in the success of 5FDP. While they’re heavy enough to appeal to metal fans, they’re also able to craft radio-ready songs. This has resulted in 14 top 10 hits on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, three of which -- “Coming Down,” “Lift Me Up” and “Battle Born" -- have hit No. 1. They’ve won the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for indie artist of the year in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
They’ve also gotten support from SiriusXM, on both their Octane and Liquid Metal channels, whose Jose Mangin says, “Since day zero, SiriusXM has led the Five Finger Death Punch charge throughout the country, making them one of the most-played and successful bands on our rock platform. Plus, having the guys in the band as subscribers and fans of SiriusXM means a lot because it means that our mutual respect and admiration is a two-way street!”
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They’ve also been able to balance their mainstream rock success with metal cred, with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Soulfly and former Sepultura singer Max Cavalera, and In This Moment’s Maria Brink appearing on tracks from the band (Halford is on the aforementioned “Lift Me Up”).
Touring Has Helped Too
5FDP’s first major tour was Korn’s Family Values tour in 2007. Since then, they’ve risen up the ranks on The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival from a secondary stage in 2008 to the main stage in 2010 to co-headlining the festival in 2013. They also headlined the Trespass America tour in 2012, alongside Killswitch Engage and Pop Evil. The band is currently on the road with Papa Roach. “I hope they can identify the next superstars like themselves and give them a chance,” Mayhem Fest co-founder and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman says.
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There's Been Recent Controversy
Moody's personal life has seen some strife recently, namely a legal tiff with common-law wife Holly Smith who alleged physical abuse in April 2015. The claims were dismissed on July 14 and battery charges were dropped.