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Five Finger Death Punch Live Video Footage Available
October 17, 2006
Five Finger Death Punch, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Darrell Roberts, former Motograter vocalist Ivan Moody (aka Ghost), ex-U.P.O. guitarist Zoltan Bathory, and former Deadsett bassist Matt Snell, has uploaded a live video from their recent performance at Missouri's Delicious Rox Festival, which took place September 30 at the Dodge Arena/Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Check it out at www.myspace.com/ffdp.

In other news, Five Finger Death Punch, will join The Mercy Clinic (the new group featuring ex-Damageplan singer Patrick Lachman) for a gig at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California on October 24.

Five Finger Death Punch's debut album, 'The Way of the Fist', was recorded at Next Level Studios with Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno (Prong, Motley Crue) and at Complex Studios with Mikey Sarkisyan (Spineshank). Mixing and mastering duties were handled by Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head/Soulfly).
 
 
 
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The Mercy Clinic Working On New Material
September 26, 2006
The Mercy Clinic, the new Bay Area-based band which features in it's ranks former Damageplan frontman Patrick Lachman, guitarists Brian Harrah (Professional Murder Music), and Josh Stinson (Drist), bassist Steed Najera (Triple Seven), and drummer Bevan Davies (Danzig, Comes With The Fall, Jerry Cantrell), are currently in the studio recording more new material which they will be using to either procure a suitable record deal or release on its own. "Pat and I are almost done tracking guitars and then we will decide which songs we are wanting to release," Harrah writes in an online posting. "After almost 1 1/2 years of writing, we have so much material that it isn't going to be easy to choose. We still haven't decided whether we want to release an EP or a full-length either. More details on that to come...

"Shows are being booked as we speak and dates will be posted soon.

"I can't for you all to hear the new material. It's been definitly worth the wait to me 'cause all we care about is making sure these songs come out slaying everybody!

"It's going to be pretty interesting what some peeps think of it 'cause I have talked to people who think it's going to be heavy and I have talked to people who think it's going to be more mellow. You're all wrong! HAHA. We've tapped into something pretty special and can't wait for everyone to get their hands on it. Either way, fuck the critics, 'cause as long as our friends in the Clinic dig it then we don't give a shit about anyone else."

As previously reported, The Mercy Clinic has uploaded full-length versions of the demo songs "Let It Burn", "Masochist" and "Can I Become Me" at its MySpace page.
 
 
 
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The Mercy Clinic Heading To Hollywood
August 6, 2006
The Mercy Clinic, the new San Francisco Bay Area-based band featuring former Damageplan frontman Patrick Lachman, guitarists Brian Harrah (Professional Murder Music) and Josh Stinson (Drist), bassist Steed Najera (Triple Seven), and drummer Bevan Davies (Danzig, Comes With The Fall, Jerry Cantrell), has scheduled a show at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California on September 2. View a poster for the show at this location.

As previously reported, The Mercy Clinic recently spent time in the studio demoing more new material which it will be using to procure a suitable record deal. Check out pictures at this location.
 
 
 
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The Mercy Clinic Recording New Material
July 30, 2006
The Mercy Clinic, the new San Francisco Bay Area-based band featuring former Damageplan frontman Patrick Lachman, guitarists Brian Harrah (Professional Murder Music) and Josh Stinson (Drist), bassist Steed Najera (Triple Seven), and drummer Bevan Davies (Danzig, Comes With The Fall, Jerry Cantrell), is currently in the studio demoing more new material which it will be using to procure a suitable record deal. "We got all the drums and bass done on the nine [songs] we recorded and Pat and I are starting to track all the guitars," Harrah writes on the group's MySpace page. "Josh will be meeting up with us once most of the rythem guitars are done so he can track his parts and his leads. Shit is gonna sound amazing! Looks like we are getting back into show mode as well so expect some dates to start popping up on the site very very soon."

Check out pictures from the recording studio at this location.

The Mercy Clinic have uploaded full-length versions of the demo songs "Let It Burn", "Masochist" and "Can I Become Me" at their MySpace page.

The Mercy Clinic has already demoed over an album's worth of material, including such additional cuts as "Numb" (mp3), "Drag Me Under", "We're Only Human", and "The Day the Sun Refused to Shine".
 
 
 
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Interview with The Mercy Clinic Frontman Pat Lachman
June 18, 2006
Kevin Karr of Vallejo, California's The Times-Herald recently conducted an interview with former Damageplan and current The Mercy Clinic frontman Patrick Lachman. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

The Times-Herald: Who do you look up to as far as music heroes or a hero in general?

Patrick: "People who've been able to sustain themselves doing what they love.
This is no easy business for most. I meet 'famous people' all the time, so it's not that big of a deal to me. I'm seldom star-struck. One person who really did made me star struck was Brian Johnson (AC/DC). I mean, that's a real rock star there! He was the nicest guy in the world though, having drinks and telling jokes like we were old friends. Same with Rob Halford (Judas Priest). Both those guys are rock and roll royalty and could be the biggest idiots and get away with it, but they are nothing but class. Much respect there. I would consider those 'heroic' qualities."

The Times-Herald: When can fans expect to see a full length record?

Patrick: "That's a delicate thing. We don't want to grab the first thing that comes along, but there is a sense of urgency to get it out there. We passed on a couple offers that I felt were not for us. Another option is making a the record we want and handing it to a label. We've been talking to a handful of producers we want to work with — some very talented people are interested in jumping on board. We want the right guy to bring out our 'sound.' We don't have a set date just yet, but it will happen."

The Times-Herald: You seem to get around a lot and play with different bands, make special appearances with groups and get in and play whenever you can. That must be great?

Patrick: "It's nice to explore music with different people. I've been lucky that
I've performed and written with some of the people that were larger than life as I was growing up. Rob Halford?! I was a huge PRIEST fan, so being on stage blazing the solo to 'Electric Eye' with Rob singing in front of a quarter million people at Rock In Rio was probably the coolest thing I've ever done as a musician. Alice In Chains was mind-blowing too. To be center stage with those guys singing some of my favorite song by one of my all-time favorite bands and one of the best vocalists in rock history was amazing. I'm happy to consider them friends now too. Songwriting collaborations with people like Jerry Cantrell, Zakk Wylde, Corey Taylor and Tommy Victor has been such a dream come true as a writer too. I guess I'm doing something right! Then there is Dime ('Dimebag' Darrell Abbott). What an honor to have him pick me to front his band. What an experience it was to write and play with such a monumental guitarist. Most of all it was cool just hang out with such a great person. He's someone I miss every day..."
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2005
HOME TOWN: Northern California
MEMBERS:
Patrick Lachman (Vocals)
Brian Harrah (Guitars)
Josh Stinson (Guitars)
Steed Najera (Bass)
Bevan Davies (drums)

Los Angeles-based musicians Patrick Lachman (DIESEL MACHINE /HALFORD/ DAMAGEPLAN) and Brian Harrah (PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC) met while touring together in the fall of 2000. Lachman was playing guitar with legendary Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford at the time and Harrah’s band landed the opening slot. The two became fast friends. Both Lachman and Harrah made the difficult decision to leave their bands and their homes in LA at about the same time. Lachman relocated to Dallas, TX, to join Damageplan, a new band featuring the late, great Dimebag Darrell and his brother Vinnie Paul. His role was to change a bit in Damageplan as he traded in his guitar collection for a microphone and proved himself to be a dynamic frontman and lyricist. Harrah left PMM and moved to Northern California in 2003. After a brief hiatus from the business, Harrah regained his inspiration once again and soon found himself creating what he considered to be the best music he had ever written. Now living in San Jose, CA, Harrah sifted through the Bay Area scene before enlisting musicians Josh Stinson from the alt-rock outfit DRIST and Steed Najera, formerly of TRIPLE SEVEN, to help write and record the songs. Stinson and Najera already knew each other, having previously shared the same management. Each brought different styles and influences to the mix, which helped further fuel Harrah’s creativity.

In early 2005, shortly after the senseless tragedy at the Ohio nightclub that took the life of Dimebag Darrell, as well as several others (including Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, Damageplan’s head of security), Lachman found himself at home without a band. It was about that time that Harrah had sent Lachman some rough demos of the music he had been writing with Stinson and Najera. Lachman was instantly struck by what he heard. "I wasn’t necessarily looking for it, but all of a sudden there it was, staring me in the face. Something about it was immediately inspiring. I began to immerse myself in songwriting again and focused on putting melodies and lyrics to the music they had sent me. It literally saved me from total insanity."

From there, the creative process began to build. Once that first batch of songs was completed, the natural progression was to see how well they jelled as a songwriting unit. According to Lachman, "Once we finally all got in a room to write together, there was an immediate chemistry and the songs just kept on coming. We were really comfortable, and very open about the whole process. There were no rules, no egos, just a common goal to write songs that WE could listen to over and over." As the members developed a bond as friends and artists, the name of the band itself was conceived as a musical metaphor. They used songwriting as an outlet to vent, in a time where they feel that music has become somewhat superficial and meaningless. Lachman explains, "The concept reflects the content, which is largely a purging of our negativity. It has an intentionally dark overtone." Lachman then introduced drummer Bevan Davies (DANZIG/JERRY CANTRELL) to the band. Having also met years before, Lachman knew Davies would prove to be the backbone of the band's groove-oriented style. Just a few songs into the first rehearsal, the five were celebrating the completion of it's lineup.

The results speak for themselves ‘ heavy rock songs with undeniable hooks and infectious melodies. While The Mercy Clinic will certainly be recognized as a "heavy" band, they see themselves as a band that is able to push the boundaries of hard rock music and appeal to a much broader audience, rather than trying to fit into any one specific niche or genre. According to Lachman, "It’s important to us to dissolve the boundaries and classifications of music that have become so prevalent. If we want to write a ballad, we will. If we want to write an all-out, crushingly heavy tune, so be it. Why try to fit into a category? Trends come and go, but good songs will stand the test of time."