Five Finger Death Punch Suit Settled

Five Finger Death Punch has settled its lawsuit with its former label and manager Jeff Kwatinetz and has announced plans for a greatest hits album and new material.

Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Asa Moore
– Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif.

“Lawsuit settled, Greatest Hits +2 new songs in December, New Album coming this Spring,” a statement on the band’s Facebook page read, linking to an article in which the band said it would be releasing the upcoming projects through its label, Prospect Park.

The band was targeted with a breach-of-contract suit by Prospect Park in April of last year. The original complaint, as reported by Blabbermouth, alleged that the members of 5FDP were “shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate [vocalist Ivan Moody].”

Prospect Park claimed the band was not fulfilling its obligation to tour the album Got Your Six instead rushing to record a fourth album and producing a greatest hits album without the involvement of the record company.

The band cried foul, responding with a statement claiming that Prospect Park’s CEO Jeff Kwatinetz was attempting to bully the band and extract money out of the group before it moved on to other business partners. The group reportedly signed a deal with Rise Records in May 2016.

At the center of the dispute was 5FDP frontman Ivan Moody’s battle with substance abuse and his sometimes erratic behavior. Moody made headlines multiple times this year when he suggested on a radio interview that he might be leaving the band and said it again at a live show, backtracking each time afterward.

“All of us in the band have worked incredibly hard over the last 10 years to build this band and none of us are going to let that go just because our record company is trying to sabotage us,” Moody said in an April statement. “I am sorry if the media took my statement as a resignation, but I assure you it wasn’t.”

The singer also explained in the statement that the lawsuit came while he was in rehab, which took a toll on him.

Throughout the turbulence, Five Finger Death Punch has remained a touring powerhouse, with approximately 100 shows in Pollstar’s records since the suit was filed, many of which were co-headline shows with Papa Roach or Shinedown. During that period the band reported 316,513 tickets sold and more than $16 million grossed. The band is also a staple at metal festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Requests for comment from 5FDP reps and Prospect Park were unanswered at press time.