Guitarist Bathory finally confirms bassist is out – but can’t discuss the reasons because contracts forbid him saying anything negative

Matt Snell

Gag contract: Matt Snell

Five Finger Death Punch fired bassist Matt Snell in December, guitarist Zoltan Bathory has confirmed.

His statement puts to an end weeks of speculation over the band’s status after it was suggested they were looking for a new member.

Earlier this week their management said a flier purporting to advertise auditions was a fake, but didn’t deny the auditions themselves had taken place.

Now Bathory has confirmed Snell is out – but he’s not allowed to explain why.

The guitarist says: “To put this to sleep, I’ll say this: yes, Matt was fired. We let him go a long time ago, back in December.

“As for reasons, we have contracts between each other, and they protect us all. We have a contract with Matt and it says I can’t tell you anything that would hurt his career if he goes any further.”

The band are currently working on their third album and Bathory says they’re far too busy with that to deal with publicity issues surrounding Snell’s dismissal.

He explains: “The band is in lockdown mode, writing and recording, so we decided to keep it under wraps. This kind of stuff usually becomes a circus and we really didn’t want to be bothered during the recording process – but somebody leaked it against the band’s wishes.

“We’ll deal with replacing him when we finish the record and have time to focus. We haven’t made any sort of public statement so whatever else you hear is only speculation.”

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