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Zoltan Bathory
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Zoltán Báthory is a Hungarian-born musician. He is the founder and one of the main songwriters for the Los Angeles-based hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch.


Career

Golden God Award winning guitarist 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 500,000 copies in the US alone and spawned 3 top 10 singles.[1] 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 500,000 copies.[2]

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).

Equipment

In 2009 B.C. Rich launched 3 Zoltan Bathory Artist Signature Guitars: Bathory ASM (Artist Signature Model). Zoltan runs this through TC Electronic effects and Diamond Amplifiers which he endorses. Zoltan is known for his heavy string gauge of .13 to .64 made by Dunlop

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