When it comes to metal in the mainstream, sometimes it’s hard for a band to get attention. Mostly because any mainstream music is boring and contrived at best.

Enter Five Finger Death Punch. Admittedly, I like these guys. I even have a picture of myself holding invisible oranges with them.

Having said that, every single thing these guys do lately seems like a poorly planned publicity stunt. Like that time Ivan Moody had a “meltdown” on stage, and within a day or two the band announced they were working on a new album. Boy, what are the chances such random and unconnected events would happen so close to each other?

Or how about the time Ivan Moody was accused of domestic abuse when he wasn’t even married? Strangely, it coincided with the band announcing the release date of their new album.

The list goes on.

It didn’t bother me till Ozzy and Sharon got in on the action. A few days before a big announcement from the Ozzy camp, there was a large public spectacle as their alleged marital problems were made a public spectacle. Sharon even piggybacked Jay Z and Beyonce, taking advantage of a mainstream song/album about cheating through a not-so-subtle inference. Then, a few days later, they announced the return of Ozzfest and it’s combination with Knotfest.

Seriously Sharon? You guys had a stranglehold on the metal world 10 years ago, and you have to resort to the same tactics as Five Finger fucking Death Punch? You manage the prince of fucking darkness here.


I’m excited Ozzfest is back though.