“We already had our message basically imbedded in the video, the hotline and where to call and whatnot and basically that there is a team,” Bathory said. “The band wasn't even in the video. We wanted to focus on the subject itself.”
The Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival — coming to the Zoo Amphitheatre on Friday — has pledged $1 for every ticket sold this summer to help support the Lifeline's network of crisis call centers.
Five Finger Death Punch is headlining the touring festival, which also features Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid, Battlecross and Anti-Mortem.
“Once the video premiered, we realized it was an even bigger problem than we thought because just hundreds of messages and e-mails and letters are pouring in,” Bathory said. “There are just so many people out there who either contemplated suicide or know somebody who committed suicide ... We just continued it with the tour to try to bring awareness to this because, as I said, it's actually a pretty serious issue to think about.”