Platinum-selling metal band Five Finger Death Punch have emerged with a new lineup change as of just a few days ago, and the metal band is already courting controversy with their new video for “Living The Dream”. The song is off their previously-released album, simply titled F8, and the video for the song – which is out now – is really something.
Essentially, the video for the song marks those who wear masks as “compliant”, and references the likes of Antifa, QAnon, and the current coronavirus pandemic with political imagery all around. Of course, if you watch the video, you’ll likely realize most of this imagery isn’t exactly subtle. The really ironic thing about this is that the band actually sells masks in their merch store, but either way, draw your own conclusions here.
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory, who conceptualized the video, states, “America is a beautiful idea that draws immigrants like myself from all over the world to the promised land of equality, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This idea is now under siege and certain events are starting to remind me of the things many of us came here to escape. It’s not a ‘left against right’ problem but an evolutionary problem. The growing pains of a civilization that without the necessary spiritual enlightenment, arrived a bit early to a level of technology where everyone is connected. The good news is that now everyone has a voice. The bad news is that now everyone has a voice. So we are living in the manipulators’ paradise, where liars and hypocrites run unscathed, the news are just opinions, politics are a blood sport, and facts are determined by consensus instead of the truth. We as artists, however, have a unique opportunity to portray and ridicule the absurd to prevent it from becoming reality.”