Jeremy Spencer's Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem
September 6, 2014
By: Kelley Heverin
Five Finger Death Punch drummer, Jeremy Spencer, released his brutally honest autobiography, Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem on September 2. In this straightforward, sarcastic, pulling no punches autobiography Spencer tells his life story. From his childhood in Indiana,to moving to LA, to the formation of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
Death Punch’d tells Jeremy’s life story in a way only he can. Admitting he has what can be a very biting sense of humor the book runs the gamut from being humorous to serious, usually at the same time. Jeremy bluntly tells stories about growing up in Indiana, nearly dying from huffing gas, and going to rehab at 16.
Jeremy vividly tells the story of moving to LA, being in several unsuccessful projects, and working odd jobs to pay the bills while he went after his dream of becoming a drummer in a successful band, going onto tell about meeting Zoltan Bathory and deciding to form the band Five Finger Death Punch. Jeremy tells an amazing story of the bands rise to popularity all while he was falling deeper and deeper into drug and alcohol use. Jeremy makes no excuses for himself and tells a very honest account of things that happened during the height of his addiction, ending with almost dying of a drug overdose and getting clean and sober on January 8, 2012. Jeremy tells stories from his personal life from the partying on the road to exploits with groupies that most normal people would never talk about let alone put into print. He admits to taking enough drugs to kill himself several times over. In one account Jeremy tells the story of partying so hard with Ivan Moody that he briefly stopped breathing. How he managed to survive it all is amazing.
Death Punch’d is a must read for any Five Finger Death Punch fan who would like to see an insider’s point of view on the formation and changes within their favorite band. Stories that would never make it into a normal magazine or radio interview and some the band would probably like to forget. The book also serves as a good warning to anyone looking to pursue a career in music in LA on what to do and what not to do when you do get your big break. In the end, Jeremy tells his story as only he can and the Knuckleheads wouldn’t have it any other way.