Five Finger Death Punch recently posted two YouTube videos titled “5FDP x METALLICA - The first time ever..,” chronicling their 2022 European festival jaunt and their debut stage-sharing moment with Metallica, which took place at the Download Festival in Germany.
“It’s amazing to me that we’ve been on tour for almost 15 years and never crossed paths with this band,” singer Ivan Moody says in the first video.
For 5FDP, the meeting was significant due to the fact that the legendary thrashers were a huge influence on the band (“Metallica sort of paved the way,” comments 5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory), but also because, as they state, Five Finger Death Punch are apparently, next to Metallica, the biggest metal band in the world.
In the caption accompanying the videos, the band writes: METALLICA and 5FDP has crossed paths the first time ever... It was an honor and an incredible show... And... Measured by total consumption (streams. downloads, and record sales combined) The #1 Heavy Metal band in the World is METALLICA !!! Because of you guys! The true fans... Five Finger Death Punch has sneaked up on that list to the #2 position.”
As Bathory says in the video, this fact “feels right. It’s surreal, but it also feels right.”
As for whether it’s true? The Pit took the liberty of compiling a few stats that, while not wholly indicative one way or the other, are certainly impressive. Among other accomplishments, Five Finger Death Punch have: released seven consecutive albums that have been certified either gold or platinum; tied Disturbed for the most consecutive Number One singles in the history of Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart; and sold more than one million concert tickets between 2018 and 2020.
What’s more, the band just kicked off another U.S. arena headlining tour, this one in support of their newest album, AfterLife, with another legendary thrash act, Megadeth, supporting them.
You can check out the 5FDP x Metallica videos above and below, and all 5FDP/Megadeth tour dates here.