Five Finger Death Punch is fighting back against its record label, Prospect Park, in an effort to get out of its contract with the company.
The move counters a suit the label filed against the band last year for breach of contract, accusing FFDP of trying to rush out its next album to fulfill its contract with Prospect Park and without involving the label, which wanted "greater creative input" in the process. Prospect Park also said the group was anticipating a "downfall" for FFDP frontman Ivan Moody, who has been through rehab and has missed recent tour dates, with All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte filling in late last year.
FFDP's lawsuit calls the label a "sinking ship" that's incapable of properly releasing or promoting its music. In addition to a release from Prospect Park FFDP is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
FFDP has been working on new music, and it's also signed a deal with Rise Records for the next album after that. FFDP returns to the road for the Maxiumus Festival on May 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has mostly festival dates booked for the summer in North and South America and Europe.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.