Five Finger Death Punch on Friday (Jan. 7) released a new music video for their older song "The Tragic Truth." The clip cinematically portrays now-sober lead singer Ivan Moody's addiction struggles.
Friday is also Moody's 42nd birthday, an occasion that spurred the video's creation. "The Tragic Truth" first emerged as a bonus track on the band's 2011 album American Capitalist. This week, they explained in a statement why they decided to make a video for it.
See the clip down toward the bottom of this post.
FFDP said, "We wrote 'The Tragic Truth' in 2011 for the American Capitalist album, but it simply wasn't finished by the manufacturing deadline. Since the song was very important to us, we didn't want to wait and hold it until the following album, so it was added as a bonus track to the digital edition. Consequently, it never really got the attention we intended for it and a lot of our fans are not even aware of its existence."
They continued, "It's been a conversation for years to somehow circle back to this song, and we felt right now, on Ivan's birthday, and two months from his fourth sober anniversary it is probably as good of an occasion as it can be to release this music video; as it is a visual journal of our story."
The band added, "So, with that said, Happy birthday, Ivan! Congratulations on your new lease on life. And thank YOU to all the fans who stood by us all these years, supported us [and] supported him"
Fans who follow Moody on social media saw the singer while filming portions of "The Tragic Truth" in his Las Vegas home late last year. The video ends with an exhortation for those struggling with addiction:
"42 months… and counting… Those of you who are battling with addiction right now... You are more than your addiction, and you are never alone, seek help, fight back, it's never too late…"
If you or someone you know if struggling with drug or alcohol dependence, help is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To speak to someone, dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.
Five Finger Death Punch 2022 Tour Dates
June 12 – Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock
June 14 – North Rhine, Germany @ SparkassenPark
June 17-19 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 18 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
June 20 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Ahoy
June 22 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Letiste Lethany
June 24 – Hockenheim, Germany @ Download
June 25 – Oslo, Norway @ Tons of Rock
June 27 – Sandviken, Sweden @ Goransson Arena
June 28 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
June 29 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland @ Grosse Allmend
July 2 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Tasmajdan
July 3 – Sofia, Bulgaria @ Hills of Rock
July 5 – Budapest, Hungary @ Papp Laszio
July 11 – Tallinn, Estonia @ Saku Suurhall
July 12 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ A2
July14 – Moscow, Russia @ Park Live
July 16 – Kyiv, Ukraine @ U Park
Oct. 19 – Berlin, Germany @ Wuhlheide