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Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Says the Band Has “Probably the Worst Fucking Name”

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Five Finger Death Punch are currently in the studio making their new album (well aren’t we lucky), and they’ve been releasing regular studio updates online, as bands are wont to do, and in the latest one, guitarist Zoltan Bathory says the following:

“The name of the band has to have some kind of effect. It doesn’t have to be positive; it doesn’t have to be, like, ‘That’s the greatest name in the world!’

“It can be, ‘Oh my god, that’s the dumbest fucking shit I ever heard!’ – equally good, because it got a reaction.

“I mean, I don’t think you can beat ‘Five Finger Death Punch.’ That’s probably the worst fucking name. In fact, we almost changed it, but then Ivan [Moody, vocals] came in and said, ‘That’s the best name ever, they’re gonna fucking hate it! Keep it! That’s fucking ridiculous!'”

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Zoltan is… absolutely correct. Five Finger Death Punch is a dumb name, and it is a memorable name. The first time I heard the name, in fact, I recall being intrigued (until I heard the music — I think the song was “The Bleeding”). You can’t guarantee that anyone will like your band — all you can do is get them to at least give your material a listen. An interesting name, be it good or bad, will definitely do that. Of course, there are names that are far more attention-grabbing than Five Finger Death Punch — Anal Cunt, Pissgrave, Shitfucker, Fuckhammer, and, of course, Pig Destroyer all come to mind — but then, if FFDP had gone such an extreme route, they likely would not be the arena rawk megastars they are today.

So, there ya go. That was the time I said something nice about Zoltan Bathory, sort of.

[via Metal Injection]

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