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Jeremy Spencer (drummer)

Jeremy Spencer Heyde,[1] known simply as Jeremy Spencer, (born January 8, 1973) is an American musician, songwriter, author and record producer. He is the former drummer for the metal band, Five Finger Death Punch. In 2012, he was named Golden God's "Best Drummer" by Revolver Magazine,[2] and was voted Best Drummer of 2015 by Loudwire.[3] His autobiography, Death Punch'd—Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, was published on September 2, 2014 by HarperCollins imprint Dey St,[4] and named a New York Times Celebrity Bestseller.[5] He was also voted Best Drummer at the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.[6]

Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer 2014.jpg
Spencer performing with Five Finger Death Punch in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJeremy Spencer Heyde
Born (1973-01-08) January 8, 1973 (age 46)
Oakland City, Indiana, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • author
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active2005–present
Associated actsFive Finger Death Punch



Spencer started playing drums at age six on a drum set his grandmother purchased at Sears. Spencer's musical influences include a lot of 1980s metal. Growing up in Boonville, Indiana, he was a member of several local bands, one of which (Cornucopia of Death) opened in Indianapolis for Pantera, when he was seventeen. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he met BulletBoys guitarist, Mick Sweda. In L.A., he became friends with future 5FDP guitarist, Jason Hook. Spencer played in a number of bands, with the typical frustration of unreleased material and shelved projects—while working a variety of odd jobs—including recording tracks with heavy metal band W.A.S.P.

Five Finger Death PunchEdit

In 2005, Spencer and former U.P.O. bassist, Zoltán Báthory, formed the heavy metal band, Five Finger Death Punch, with vocalist Ivan Moody, bassist Matt Snell (replaced by Chris Kael in 2011), and guitarist, Caleb Bingham, (replaced by Darrell Roberts in 2006, then by Jason Hook in 2009).

5FDP recorded its first album in 2006. The band signed a record deal with Firm Music and on July 10, 2007, released an EP, Pre-Emptive Strike[7] from their debut album, The Way of the Fist, followed by the album's lead single, "The Bleeding." The album was certified Gold[8] and spawned 3 top 10 singles.[9] The band's second album, War is the Answer, debuted at #7 on Billboard Top 200[10]—staying in the Top 100 for 89 weeks and selling over 500,000 units.[11] American Capitalist, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album charts[12] (October 2011) and achieved Gold status (September 2012). "Coming Down" is the band's first #1 single (2012). In 2013 5FDP released The Wrong Side of Heaven/The Righteous Side of Hell Vol I & II. Both volumes debuted at #2 on Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart. The first single, Lift Me Up (with Rob Halford of Judas Priest), reached #1 on the Active Rock Chart and won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for Song of the Year. In 2015, "Got Your Six" debuted at #1 on the Billboard top album charts. Currently, the band has garnered 10 Gold albums and one Platinum.

For a fall 2018 tour with Breaking Benjamin, Spencer was replaced by Charlie Engen in order to undergo surgery on his back. On December 18, it was announced that Spencer had departed the band permanently, due to back issues.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Jeremy Spencer is the son of novelist Austin Gary, and actress Glory Heyde (née Kissel).[14] His sister Natalie is a stage director.[15] He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.[citation needed]

Equipment and gearEdit

  • (2011–present)
    • Paiste Cymbals: Paiste Alpha Brilliant Series:
  • 12" Alpha Metal Splash
  • 17" Alpha Metal Crash
  • 14" Alpha Metal Edge Hats
  • 18" Alpha Rock China
  • 18" Alpha Metal Crash
  • 10" Alpha Metal Splash
  • 10" Alpha Thin Splash
  • 12" Alpha Metal Splash
  • 19" Alpha Metal Crash
  • 18" Alpha Rock China
  • 20" Alpha Metal Ride
  • 16" Alpha China
  • 12" Alpha Metal Splash


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  3. ^ 2012 Golden Gods Award: Best Drummer. Retrieved July 2012, from
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  5. ^ New York Times" Celebrities Bestseller. Retrieved October 2014, from
  6. ^ 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards (2015). Retrieved December 2015, from
  7. ^ Pre-Emptive Strike EP. Retrieve July 2012, from
  8. ^ FFDP Certified Gold. Retrieve July 2012, from
  9. ^ FFDP 3 Top 1910s. Retrieve July 2012, from
  10. ^ 2009 War Is The Answer Album. Retrieved July 2012, from
  11. ^ Fiver Finger Death Punch Sales. Retrieved July 2012, from
  12. ^ American Capitalist #3. Retrieve July 2012, from
  13. ^ Blabbermouth (December 18, 2018). "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Parts Ways With Drummer JEREMY SPENCER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  14. ^ Artist Bios: Glory Kissel. Retrieve July 2012, from
  15. ^ Jeff Award Winning Director Rachel Rockwell. Retrieve July 2012, from

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