Saturday, December 12, 2015

Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael about Paris terrorist attacks: "I had a breakdown that night"


Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael recently talked with "Let There Be Talk", you can read some excerpts below.

He said that he never battled a serious drug addiction, but admitted: "I'm recently sober. Actually, Paris… when the Paris thing happened, I cut everything off. I've been sober since then. Alcohol is one of those things where… I don't really consider myself an alcoholic, but I do make some fucking stupid decisions once the alcohol hits me."

He continued: "My wife certainly never liked it. A lot of it was for her too. She's much smarter than me, much more disciplined than me, and was trying to get me to do it for a long time. And then finally, when Paris happened, I basically had a breakdown that night. I mean, it hit me hard. I was drinking, I'd done a couple of Adderalls and pffft… spiraled that night. And anybody that knows me from social media would have no idea that I did any of that stuff. They'd know me as kind of a drinker, but I put up a good front."

Kael denied that he was ever abusing prescription pills, explaining: "Just happened to do it that night. That was the thing. That was always my thing. I was, like, 'Fuck, if I'm still making the gym, I'm doing okay.' And then there were days… I have a trainer here in Vegas. I'd be out drinking whisky the night before and go do heavy chest and back the next day, and as he spotted me doing bench presses, I'd just see his face. I'm, like, 'I know I smell like a bar right now.' So that kind of did it too. I was putting so much work into working out and then putting all those empty calories in at the end of the night. It wasn't making any sense for me. It just wasn't working anymore."

Even though Kael is only less than a month sober at this point, he said: "I feel like I'm just getting over that hump. There have been times, over the last year, probably, where I've tried to quit. Like I said, I'm at the point now where I finally feel like I'm kind of turning that corner, and I don't really have the cravings too much anymore. It's more like a social thing for me. That's the thing, too. When you're out in a band, alcohol is everywhere; everybody's hanging out, partying. And it's, like, 'Ugh!'"