Five Finger Death Punch has filed a new lawsuit against its longtime record label Prospect Park, asking a judge to have the band released from its contract and order the company to pay the group more than a million dollars in damages. According to TMZ, the band’s lawsuit called the company a “sinking ship” which is drowning in debt, and accused the label of “cooking up a bogus lawsuit last year to keep the band recording . . . while it shopped the label.”
- Prospect Park has countered that the band still hasn’t delivered the album “required under the recording contract and expected by their fans.”
- The label sued Five Finger Death Punch last year for breach of contract, alleging that the group wanted to rush the recording of a new album without proper creative input from the label and in order to “cash in” before the anticipated “downfall” of singer Ivan Moody, who was revealed at the time to be in rehab.
- Moody has not helped his own case, acting erratically at several shows and missing at least two tours, including one last December in which All That Remains singer Phil Labonte filled in on vocals.
- In addition, Prospect Park wanted more time to promote 2015’s Got Your Six album. The group allegedly rejected that plan, insisting instead on recording a new full-length album. The label also hinted that it wanted “greater creative input” in the next record after allegedly being told by radio stations that the band’s sound was “getting stale.”
- Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told us a while back that Five Finger Death Punch was always ready to take risks with its music: [“We are here to step forward and take as much development in anything we do as it is possible, and that’s the mentality and that’s gonna be in every aspect. We’re gonna kind of push the envelope, maybe go overboard here and there, but, you know, that’s the idea.”]
- In the meantime, anticipating the end of its contract with Prospect Park, Five Finger Death Punch signed a new deal with Rise Records that will begin with its eighth studio effort.