Five Finger Death Punch has a massive presence in the United States and abroad. They have quickly become one of the biggest acts on the planet, so much so that the Russian government is quoting them to describe the current state of the world and their relationship with the United States.
Vladislav Surkov, a long time aide to Russian President Vladmir Putin who is known as his “gray cardinal”, (a nod to his powerful influence with the Russian leader) published an editorial in the state-run RT publication on Tuesday where he used the lyrics to the popular Five Finger Death Punch song “Wash It All Away” to describe what he feels is hypocrisy within the west.
“The line ‘Done with all your hypocrisy’ sounds like a prophecy, a verdict, and as the motto of a new era,” Surkov wrote in the editorial, later translated by The Moscow Times.
The Moscow Times writes: “Surkov links the 2016 presidential election that led to U.S. President Donald Trump’s victory and an ongoing sexual harassment scandal in the U.S. with a widespread desire among Americans to “wash it all away.”
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory chimed in on the Russian leader’s use of their lyrics, sighting the overall friendly nature of Russian fans while the band recently performed in the country.
The Five Finger Death Punch guitarist writes: “I can tell you…. there is NO hate… there is NO cold war here… so let’s NOT make one. I grew up on this side of the iron curtain in communism… so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war…. Even back then… though we were told by the communist media that America was the “Enemy”… Nobody… and I mean nobody sane actually believed that… We loved American Music, American culture… and the American people… We understood the difference between propaganda and reality…”