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Five Finger Death Punch's third album, American Capitalist, has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies, it was announced on Wednesday (September 26th). Not only is it the band's third album, but it is the third consecutive release from the group to reach the gold mark, with previous efforts The Way Of The Fist and War Is The Answer also selling more than half a million copies each. American Capitalist debuted at Number Three on the Billboard album chart when it came out in October 2011.
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a statement, ""I think it's a huge win for all of us, not just for us as a band but for the entire genre of hard rock and heavy metal. This is a loud and clear indicator that heavy music is in demand and if a relatively new band like us can accomplish something like this, then maybe be this is just the prelude for the shape of things to come."
Bathory told us that staying focused is the key to Five Finger's success: "I think the idea of 'rock star' has changed in the last two decades. The whole idea of like, 'hey, let's party, let's drink or do stuff that's stupid' doesn't work. It's a different world now. You have to be really conscious of what's happening, because it's so much harder now. You really have to work for it, you really have to know what you're doing, you have to be aggressive, goal-oriented, and you have to have a head on your shoulders, or it's just not gonna happen."
The band has also sold 3.6 million copies total of its various singles, which include recent chart-topper "Coming Down," "Never Enough," "Hard To See," "Bad Company," "Under And Over It," "Remember Everything" and others.
Five Finger Death Punch's most recent tour was this past summer's Trespass America trek, also featuring Killswitch Engage, Pop Evil and others. The band next performs on the ShipRocked cruise from November 27th through December 1st, with Godsmack, Korn, Sevendust and more.