Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody was recently interviewed by Rock Antenne about the new album “AfterLife”.
He said: “I think in every record, if you listen to it from stage one, from ‘The Way Of The Fist’, you can even hear the differences and the similarities in my voice — progression, ways that I’ve grown. Each album is a signature of where I was in time. You can find me all through ‘The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell’, ‘American Capitalist’, ‘Got Your Six’. This album is such a staple for where I’ve come. You’ve gotta remember this is only the second record I’ve made since ‘War Is The Answer’ that I was clean of liquor, so it was a big deal to me to reconnect with my music, man. It’s just such a special album for me, man.”
He continued: “There’s a lot of compromise when you’re in a band — when you’re in anything… It’s just the food chain; there’s a pecking order in life. And in a band, you will always give and take; there’s always win and lose; the better part of a song wins. But sometimes I didn’t feel like it was the better part of the song. And I was quoted as saying the last two albums I didn’t think were that great, and I meant ‘Got Your Six’ and ‘And Justice For None’. I thought ‘F8’ was one of our best albums ever. But ‘And Justice’ and ‘Got Your Six’, it felt monotonous, like we were doing the same thing, running through the same motions. And that’s what I wanted to get away from.”
He added: “I have to love what I do, man. And ‘AfterLife’ is exactly that. It’s after everything we’ve done in the past. It’s a prelude to a kiss. Most people didn’t think that we were supposed to make two albums, much less nine. So all these times they wished us to die, we made sure that they knew that the underdogs don’t go away that easy. And that was another chance — this was another chance for us to prove, ‘You wanted us dead? Well, there you go. Here’s the afterlife.'”
When the interviewer noted that the word “afterlife” in the title is written a one word with the letter “L” capitalized, Ivan said: “You noticed that. You’re the first one to notice that — no, you are. It’s because when I originally wrote it, I meant is as two separate words. But when you combine them together, obviously they mean the one — the angelic, the afterlife. So I wanted it to be noted that after your life was really the intention. After what you do on a daily basis — after your job, after the grind, after going and seeing your friends — who are you at the end of the day? When you’re laying by yourself in bed and you’ve got one candle lit and you’re listening to your favorite song and you’re thinking with no interference, that is after your life. And so I wanted it to be apparent to people that that’s what I intended. It’s supposed to have the double meaning. It’s not tongue in cheek; it’s a double edge. So I’m glad you caught that, man. And sincerely, you’re the first person to catch it. So, bravo.”