Jeremy Spencer (drummer)

Jeremy Spencer Heyde[1] is an American musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as the former drummer of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. He is currently the frontman of Psycho Synner,[2] a metal/gothic rock band where he performs under the name Grym Synner. On October 31, 2021, Spencer released a one-day record nine Psycho Synner albums.[3]

Jeremy Spencer
Spencer performing with Five Finger Death Punch in 2014
Spencer performing with Five Finger Death Punch in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJeremy Spencer Heyde
Also known as
  • Grym Synner
BornOakland City, Indiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
Years active2005–present
Labels

In 2012, Spencer was named Golden God's "Best Drummer" by Revolver magazine,[4] and was voted "Best Drummer of 2015" by Loudwire.[5] He was also voted "Best Drummer" at the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.[6]

CareerEdit

Spencer started playing drums at the age of nine on a drum set his grandmother purchased at Sears.[citation needed] 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 17.[citation needed] After high school, Spencer moved to Los Angeles, where he met BulletBoys guitarist Mick Sweda. In L.A., he became friends with future Five Finger Death Punch 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.[citation needed]

Spencer's autobiography, Death Punch'd – Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, was published on September 2, 2014, by HarperCollins imprint Dey St,[7] and named a New York Times Celebrity Bestseller.[8]

Five Finger Death Punch (2005–2018)Edit

 
Spencer performing in 2017

In 2005, Spencer and former U.P.O. bassist Zoltan Bathory formed the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch with vocalist Ivan Moody, bassist Matt Snell, and guitarist Caleb Bingham.

The group recorded its first album in 2006. They signed a record deal with Firm Music and on July 10, 2007, released an EP called "Pre-Emptive Strike"[9] from their debut album, The Way of the Fist, followed by the album's lead single, "The Bleeding". The album was certified Gold[10] and spawned three Top 10 singles.[11] The band's second album, War Is the Answer, debuted at #7 on Billboard Top 200[12]—staying in the Top 100 for 89 weeks and selling over 500,000 units.[13] American Capitalist, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album charts[14] (October 2011) and achieved Gold status (September 2012). "Coming Down" is the band's first #1 single (2012). In 2013, Five Finger Death Punch released The Wrong Side of Heaven and 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.

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 would not be returning to the band due to the damage in his back.[15]

Post-drumming career (2018–present)Edit

On December 18, 2018, it was announced that Spencer had departed the band permanently.[15] Spencer cited his recent back surgery as his reason for leaving, saying in an interview in July 2020, "I physically reached a point where I wasn't being able to perform the way I like to perform. And I'd done it for so many years and hurt myself so much doing it. I really enjoyed the time. But it was obvious that - like, athletes retire at a certain point because their bodies aren't working. And you do anything for 14 years, it starts to grind you down mentally too."[16] In June 2019, it was announced that Jeremy Spencer has continued the band's support of first responders and was sworn in as a reserve police officer in Indiana.[17]

On September 17, 2019, it was announced that Spencer would be acting, co-directing, writing and providing the music for the soft pornographic horror parody series Lady Killer TV, which he also created. In the announcement, he stated: "I've had this idea in my head for a long time, and it was now or never in terms of pulling the trigger and making this series happen."[18] The series features several prominent pornographic actors and actresses, such as Tori Black, Adriana Chechik and Tommy Pistol.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Spencer is the son of novelist Austin Gary and actress Glory Heyde (née Kissel).[20] His sister Rachel Rockwell was an acclaimed stage director before her death in 2018.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Loudwire (October 8, 2014). "Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "PSYCHOSEXUAL Changes Name To PSYCHO SYNNER, Is Working On Nine Albums". Metal Injection. September 26, 2021. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Synner, Psycho (October 31, 2021). "Psycho Synner Releases Nine Albums Today". Outburn Online.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 2012 Golden Gods Award: Best Drummer. RevolverMag.com. Retrieved July 2012, from http://www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2014/2012-golden-gods-winners/
  6. ^ 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards (2015). Loudwire.com. Retrieved December 2015, from http://loudwire.com/5th-annual-loudwire-music-awards-vote-now/
  7. ^ "Death Punch'd - Jeremy Spencer - Paperback". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher.
  8. ^ New York Times" Celebrities Bestseller. Retrieved October 2014, from https://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2014-10-26/celebrities/list.html?date=2014-10-26&category=celebrities&pagewanted=print/
  9. ^ Pre-Emptive Strike EP. Billboard.com. Retrieve July 2012, from https://www.billboard.com/artist/five-finger-death-punch/chart-history/
  10. ^ FFDP Certified Gold. 93x.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.93x.com/Article.asp?id=2165446
  11. ^ FFDP 3 Top 1910s. Myspace.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.myspace.com/ffdp
  12. ^ 2009 War Is The Answer Album. Billboard.com. Retrieved July 2012, from https://www.billboard.com/artist/five-finger-death-punch/chart-history/
  13. ^ Fiver Finger Death Punch Sales. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 2012, from http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=153514
  14. ^ American Capitalist #3. Rougemag.co.uk. Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.roguemag.co.uk/five-finger-death-punch%E2%80%99s-new-album-american-capitalist-has-charted-at-3-on-the-us-billboard-top-200-chart/
  15. ^ a b Blabbermouth (December 18, 2018). "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Parts Ways With Drummer JEREMY SPENCER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  16. ^ "Jeremy Spencer Explains Why He Left FFDP, Talks Why the Band is So Hated by Some".
  17. ^ "Jeremy Spencer Sworn In to be a Police Officer". Fox News. June 11, 2019.
  18. ^ HARTMANN, GRAHAM. "Jeremy Spencer (Ex-FFDP) Is a Softcore Porn Star Now". Loudwire. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Drummer JEREMY SPENCER Spoofs Classic Slasher Films With Adult Film Stars In 'LadyKiller TV'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. September 17, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  20. ^ Artist Bios: Glory Kissel. GoodmanTheatre.org Retrieve July 2012, from https://www.goodmantheatre.org/Artists-Archive/creative-partners/actors/Glory-Kissel/
  21. ^ Jeff Award Winning Director Rachel Rockwell. fearnoartchicago.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://fearnoartchicago.com/jeff-award-winning-director-rachel-rockwell/

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