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Zoltán Báthory from Five Finger Death Punch
|Born||May 15, 1978|
|Genres||Heavy metal, groove metal, hard rock, post-grunge|
|Associated acts||Five Finger Death Punch, U.P.O.|
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 July 31, 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 September 22, 2009 through Prospect Park Records. The record debuted #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 700,000 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.
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 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 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 Don Charley and Professor Amilcar Cipili  of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lineage and his photo journal indicates that he studies under Royler Gracie and Royce Gracie. According to the band's Facebook page 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.
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.
- Zoltan Bathory Official Site
- Five Finger Death Punch Official Site
- Five Finger Death Punch on Myspace
- Zoltan's Facebook