Is nu-metal making a comeback? Well, if the 250,000 copies of Five Finger Death Punch’s debut album that America bought this year are anything to go by, then it’s certainly giving it a go. We caught up with Hungary-born guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, and found out just how much damage you can do to your bandmates with a paintball gun…
What was your highlight of 2008?
The Rockstar Mayhem Festival http://www.mayhemfest.com/ was all-metal, which for the US is pretty awesome. Having almost 10,000 people in front of the stage for 3 months, that was pretty amazing for us.
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
I can’t really complain – it’s been a great year. There was this one time though…we play paintball, it’s one of the things the band does. Being this long on the road, we were playing on the same team, then all of a sudden we all just unloaded on each other at close range with fully-loaded guns. We were black and blue for a couple of weeks. That was pretty nasty.
Who in 2008 deserves a good kicking?
I’m not even going to answer that – I have to be politically correct, I could be thrown out of [the USA]!
Who had the best comeback: Metallica, AC/DC, or Guns N’Roses?
I didn’t really sink my teeth into any of those records. I heard a couple of tracks from AC/DC, the Metallica album was one of those things that you listen to it an need some time to digest it; you need to live with it, and I didn’t have time.
What are you most looking forward to in 2009?
Touring the rest of the world. We can’t wait to get out of the US because after 18 months here was great but now we want establish ourselves in the rest of the world. Europe, Australia, Japan…
Name a band that everyone should/will find out about in 2009.
Demon Hunter are a band that not enough people know about. I think they’re great. And I can’t wait for what Killswitch Engage are gonna do.
What do you want for Christmas?
I think I got what I wanted – some time off from the road.
Where will you be on New Year’s Eve?
Las Vegas at the top of the Hard Rock Casino.
Five Finger Death Punch release their debut album, The Way Of The Fist, on Spinefarm UK records on 19 January 2009. The band are touring the UK & Ireland in February, including a support slot on the Defenders Of The Faith tour to Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God and Unearth.
Five Finger Death Punch February tourdates
6 London Islington Academy (headline show with Exit Ten and Rise To Remain)
9 Belfast Mandela Hall (supporting Lamb of God)
10 Dublin Academy (supporting Lamb of God)
11 Bristol Academy (supporting Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God & Unearth)
12 Birmingham Academy (supporting Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God & Unearth)
13 Manchester Academy (supporting Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God & Unearth)
14 London Brixton Academy (supporting Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God & Unearth)
15 Glasgow Academy (supporting Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God & Unearth)
17 Oxford Academy 2 (headline show with Exit Ten and Rise To Remain)
An in-depth interview with Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing on Thrash Hits in the new year.