It’s full speed ahead for the next Five Finger Death Punch album, according to drummer Jeremy Spencer. Despite a lawsuit filed against the band by its label — which wants to at least temporarily block the group from recording a new album without the company’s input — Spencer told Evansville, Indiana’s 14 News, “We’re gonna do some festival touring as well as some of these arena shows this summer, and I think we’re gonna hit the studio sometime this summer; we’ll begin that process. I’m not sure when it will come, but definitely we’ll start recording something this summer.”
  • Five Finger Death Punch is embroiled in a legal battle with its record label after the company sued them over plans for a compilation record and a new full-length album. The label wants more time to promote the current Got Your Six album, claiming that the band is rushing into the studio to lay down new music before singer Ivan Moody is unable to function due to an alleged drug addiction.
  • The band has called the label “desperate” and insists that Moody has successfully gone through rehab in recent months.
  • Guitarist Jason Hook told us that all of the members of Five Finger Death Punch are driven to succeed: [“We’re kind of overachievers by nature. We can’t sit still. I think we have a problem. Even when we have time off, there’s no time off. We’re just doing stuff all the time, and so I think that’s one of the things I really love about this band is that we’re just motivated to keep grinding and it’s not work, it’s just kind of what you do.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . what you do.)
  • Five Finger’s longtime producer, Kevin Churko, has weighed in on the legal battle, saying in a statement, “Prospect Park claims that if Five Finger Death Punchwere to hire a different producer, they could sell well over a million records, maybe even two million. We all aim for the highest of goals, but honestly, there hasn’t been a record in the hard rock genre that has achieved anywhere close to those sales in a two-year period of time.”
  • He continued, “I wish Prospect Park and Jeff Kwatinetz wouldn’t have dragged my name into this. However, I feel a moral obligation to go on the record and protect Five Finger Death Punch’s name and mine. Moreover, I am scratching my head as to why Jeff Kwatinetz would want to get involved in the creative of this band after 5 albums together when every record I’ve ever recorded for 5FDP has been finished in the studio of which I’ve never seen him present.”
  • Churko added that he had never submitted any recordings to Kwatinetz for approval before, and also said that the label “repeatedly did not pay me on time . . . if it wasn’t for the direct efforts of the band members themselves, their management and their business manager, I may still remain unpaid. They were champions for me from the beginning and I’ll be a champion for them to the end.”
  • Five Finger Death Punch recently announced a new co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown that will kick off on October 18th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

CHECK IT OUT: Read Kevin Churko’s full statement here

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • Do you think the band is going to do what it wants and basically tell the label to stick it?
  • Should more artists stand up to their record labels and the execs in charge if they feel they’re being mishandled?
  • Was it appropriate for the producer to make his comments or should he have kept his head down? Does he have the right to his say since his name was brought into it?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Joshua Smith wrote: “Look up that Jeff guy he has ruined several bands and 5FDP is the last money maker he has. He is desperate and is going to get owned in a lawsuit.”

Dave Gilbert wrote: “Wish all parties involved will get dissolved in acid in front of a cheering crowd.”

Randy Williams wrote: “Pretty obvious the label is in the wrong.”

Tyler Satterlee wrote: “The more info comes out about this label issue the more complex it gets. Sounds pretty f**ked up.”