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Zoltán Báthory from Five Finger Death Punch
15 May 1978 |
|Genres||Heavy metal, groove metal, hard rock, post-grunge|
|Associated acts||Five Finger Death Punch, U.P.O.|
Zoltán Báthory is a Hungarian-born musician, producer, and martial artist. He is the founder, guitarist, and one of the main songwriters, for the California-based multi-million record selling heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. In 2010, he was named Golden God's "Best Shredder" by Metal Hammer Magazine.
Zoltán Báthory joined the post-grunge band U.P.O. in 2004 replacing Ben Shirley (on Bass). He left the band in 2005, switched back to guitar, and went on to form the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
Five Finger Death Punch recorded their debut album in 2006 with engineers Steve Bruno and Mike Sarkisyan. It was mixed by Soulfly/Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader. Soon after finishing the album, 5FDP was signed by a major management company The Firm and The Way of the Fist was released on 31 July 2007. This self produced record sold over 600,000 copies in the US alone and spawned 3 top 10 singles. Their even more successful follow-up album, War Is the Answer was released on 22 September 2009 through Prospect Park Records. The record debuted No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and all 4 singles (off of the album) made it to the top 10 mainstream rock charts making 5FDP one of the breakthrough rock bands of the decade. War is the Answer proved itself to be a rock solid album staying on Billboards Top 100 for over a record breaking 92 weeks and selling over 800,000 copies. Their 3rd record "American Capitalist" surpassed the success of both their previous RIAA certified gold records. American Capitalist debuted #3 on the Billboard 200, spawned another 3 top 10 singles and it achieved gold status within a year of its release. In 2013 Five Finger Death Punch embarked on its most ambitious adventure to date by releasing a double studio album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 within a 3 months from each other. Both albums debuted No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts. Volume 1 featured guest vocalists such as Rob Halford of Judas Priest , Maria Brink of In This Moment, tech n9ne, Jamey Jasta of hatebreed, and Max Cavalera of Sepultura, Soulfly. The combined sales of Vol1 and Vol2 made the band the No. 1 highest selling Rock Band in America today. With their 14 consecutive hit singles, Five Finger Death Punch is one of the most successful band on Mainstream Rock Radio. Zoltán was nominated, and won the "Best Shredder" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards The award was the 3rd Golden God trophy the band collected (2009 Best New Artist) – (2010 Breakthrough Artist).
In 2013 Five Finger Death Punch was nominated and won another Golden God Award (Song of the Year) with "Lift Me Up". This No. 1 mainstream rock hit featured Rob Halford of Judas Priest as a guest vocalist. Rob Halford and Rob Zombie joined the band's performance at the Golden Gods Award Ceremony.
Benefits, Charities and Non-Profits
Báthory's band Five Finger Death Punch have played many military benefit concerts, visited bases around the world and spearheaded a fundraising campaign for Veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.
In 2014, Báthory's band Five Finger Death Punch launched a campaign that raised over $225,000. The band used their recent music video for their latest single Wrong Side of Heaven to focus on the theme and launched website 5fdp4Vets.com. They also started selling a custom jersey which was designed by Bathory, on Indiegogo. All the funds raised went to organizations that raise awareness about PTSD.
In 2009 B.C. Rich launched 3 Zoltan Bathory Artist Signature Guitars: Bathory ASM (Artist Signature Model). Zoltan runs this through TC Electronic G-System and Diamond Amplifiers which he endorses. Zoltan is known for his heavy string gauge of .13 to .66 custom made by Dunlop.
In 2013 Zoltan has joined Dean Guitars . His first Dean signature guitar code named AR-6 appeared at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. This guitar was Ferrari Red with caliper yellow pickup bobbins and carbon fiber inlays – distinguished form Dean's ML model with more aggressive lines and it also sported an AR-15 Rifle handle. The guitar's aesthetics were a cross between a race car and an assault rifle. A second signature model appeared at Download Festival this Signature Superstrat is named SK6, features Dean Custom Pickups, and an original Floyd Rose tremolo.
It was announced in November of 2014 that DBZ Guitars - teamed up with Bathory to create the company’s first ever Diamond signature guitars. Although Zoltan has made the switch to Diamond/DBZ guitars in late 2014, he goes way back with Diamond – as he’s used their amplifiers for over a decade. A lesser known fact is that Zoltan designed DBZ's popular Bird Of Prey, Venom and Halcyon guitars
In his private life Zoltán is an entrepreneur, pilot, and a martial artist, judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner often appearing in martial art magazines. He is on the Gracie Humaita Competition Team, affiliated with Professor Amilcar Cipili (4th Degree) and 7th Degree Black Belt Royler Gracie Zoltán won the silver medal at the Abu-Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu World Trials, and The North American Grappling Championship, Placed 3rd at the 2012 Masters World Championship in his division. He is one of the few civilians certified by the Pentagon and The US Army as an L1 Modern Army Combatives Instructor – Close Quarter Combat. Zoltan also practices Wing Chun Kung-Fu under World Renowned Sifu Randy Williams C.R.C. Academy and Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu under professor John Simons III. In November 2013, Zoltan joined forces with motor sports & music marketing pioneer, Chris Kurtz of marketing firm, The Mediatwist Group to discuss the possibility of creating a monster truck. In May 2014 Zoltan has joined Monster Jam Free Style World Champion Jimmy Creten's Monster Truck Racing Team 2Xtreme Racing as their driver behind the wheel of the new "Knucklehead" truck. Zoltan's professional debut took place in California at the WGAS Motorsport Flip Fest Monster Truck and Motocross Show.
Zoltan is a co-owner of Alphadog Combat Gear, a high end fight gear manufacturer working closely with star athletes, UFC fighters and MMA fight leagues. - Founding Partner of Diamond Tactical a Texas Based Tactical Gear Manufacturer 
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