Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Speaks Out About Ivan Moody’s Drinking Problem

Ivan Moody has publicly battled his demons for the last couple of years, with his fans left wondering what his future in the band might hold. Several months ago, Moody gave an interview where he launched rumors that he would be leaving the band later this year. He cleared up those rumors a short time later.

After having an on-stage meltdown during a FFDP show, Moody entered rehab to address his alcohol-related issues. Now, in a new interview, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory is addressing his frontman’s bout with alcoholism and sharing his support.

“He’s been battling his demons for a long, long time, actually since I’ve known him,” Bathory says. “He’s always had an issue and sometimes he’s great, sometimes he’s not. It’s a battle. He doesn’t haven’t a substance issue, he’s always had a drinking issue. I started to realize that it was a real misalignment, it’s a real illness. It can’t simply be discarded like, ‘Why can’t you get yourself straight?’ It’s not that simple. So he’s battling this and he’s trying. He’s been in rehab a few times, he’s been in for a longer period of time now.”

The last three shows were the best shows I’ve seen him do for years,” says Zoltan. “He looked happy and he looked healthier. Obviously, the whole band is around him and everybody’s supporting him and trying to be brothers and understanding and trying to keep him straight. So cross your fingers, I think this is the time when he can do it.”

Regarding the band’s new album, Bathory says he hopes it will come out early next year: “Hopefully we can release a new album in 2018, somewhere in the first quarter.”