Moody said in that interview, “To be completely honest with you, Death Punch and I have kind of come to a crossroads, and we’re very proud of what we’ve done — years and years and years and years of work. But it’s time for us to kind of take our way and go do something else. So after this new year, my new band Villain — I’m so excited, man.”
- After a number of media outlets interpreted Moody’s remarks to mean he was leaving Five Finger Death Punch, the singer issued a statement in which he said in part, “Yesterday I made a statement that was taken out of context by the media — a media always looking to create headlines that will make people click them. The truth is, I want to start a side-project like Corey Taylor has with Stone Sour or Maynard has with A Perfect Circle and I want to do it when Five Finger Death Punch’s deal with Prospect Park is over and we are out of this lawsuit.”
- He added, “THIS DOES NOT MEAN I PLAN ON LEAVING FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH!” before continuing, “The great thing about being a musician today is that you can explore your creativity in multiple ways without compromising your primary focus.”
- Moody told us a while back that Death Punch was the best project he’s ever been involved with: [“I love being part of Five Finger, man, it’s just, it’s the best band. Not because I’m in it, I mean, sincerely, watching these guys work together, you know, it’s a unit, man. It’s family. It’s what it’s about. It’s supposed to be honest and I think we take it to that level with each other and, you know, give it back to the people we can.”]
- Earlier in his statement, Moody said it was “no secret that this has been a tough year for me and for my bandmates,” alluding to the legal battle between the band and its label, Prospect Park, over the release of the group’s next album.
- Moody admitted, “The lawsuit by Prospect Park holding our new album hostage has taken a toll on me. I was in a rehabilitation facility when Prospect Park decided to sue the band last year, and that was very difficult for me to handle all at once.”
- Moody concluded by saying that the new Five Finger Death Punch record — its last for Prospect Park — will arrive soon and will be followed by a world tour. He added, “All of us in the band have worked incredibly hard over the last 10 years to build this band and none of us are going to let that go just because our record company is trying to sabotage us. I am sorry if the media took my statement as a resignation, but I assure you it wasn’t.”