Five Finger Death Punch (sometimes abbreviated FFDP or 5FDP ) is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005 by the guitarist of Hungarian origin Zoltán Báthory. Around Báthory the band consists of Ivan L. Moody on vocals, Jeremy Spencer on drums, Chris Kael on bass and Jason Hook on guitar. The name Five Finger Death Punch is a reference to Hong Kong kungfu cinema.
Five Finger Death Punch was formed in 2005 by former U.P.O bassist> guitarist Zoltan Bathory and drummer Jeremy Spencer, Zoltan having named the band inspired by the martial arts movies. The latter is surrounded by the former singer of Motograter group Ivan Moody, the former drummer W.A.S.P. Jeremy Spencer, Matt Snell on bass and guitarist Caleb Bingham. Quickly Bingham is replaced by the guitarist of W.A.S.P. Darrell Roberts who, in turn, left the group in 2007, replaced by Jason Hook.
At the end of 2006, their first album, The Way of the Fist is recorded and entirely produced by the band. The album is recorded alongside Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno and Mike Sarkisyan, and mixed by guitarist Logan Mader>. In search of a second guitarist, they meet Caleb Bingham who will play a few times with the band, but will be replaced by Darrell Roberts.
Shortly after the recording of the album, they sign with Firm Music, a branch of The Firm>. On July 10, 2007, they released an EP, exclusively sold on the US iTunes Store. The single-title of the album, The Bleeding , is published on July 13, 2007>. The Way of the Fist is published on July 31, 2007; the album reached the top of the ranking Billboard 200 and is certified gold by the RIAA in 2011>.
From July 30 to September 2, 2007, the band is participating in its first major tour of Korn's Family Values Tour . They also support them during the North American tour of the Bitch We Have a Problem Tour tour from September 22 to October 27, 2007>. They play alongside Chimaira and All That Remains between January and March 2008, but are forced to cancel because of their singer Moody. He is fully recovering from his vocal cord problems and the band is back on tour again. They play with Disturbed on the American tour Indestructible between April and May 2008>.