Year : 1986 (Metal Blade Records Digipak Edition 2018)
Style : Heavy Metal , Power Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 155 mb
Fifth Angel is an American heavy metal band from Bellevue, Washington. Fifth Angel was formed in the suburbs of Seattle in 1983, specifically, in the Bellevue area. The band's initial lineup consisted of Ted Pilot (vocals), James Byrd (lead guitar), Ed Archer (rhythm guitar), Ken Mary (drums) and Kenny Kay (bass). This line up went into Steve Lawson Productions studio in late 1983 with Terry Date as producer/engineer and recorded a four song demo that consisted of "Fade to Flames", "Fifth Angel", "In the Fallout", and "Wings of Destiny". Shrapnel Records signed them in 1985 and financed the recording of five more songs to complete a self titled album that eventually appeared in 1986.Kenny Kay left the group in 1987 and was replaced by John Macko. The group was signed a major label deal with Epic Records in 1988 and the debut album was re-released. As the band prepared to record a second album they lost founding guitar player James Byrd. Kendall Bechtel was brought in as his replacement. In 1989, the follow-up record, Time Will Tell appeared, but the band had lost its label support,with its members going their separate ways by 1990.Although many rumors cropped up in the 2000s about a reunion, it finally happened in 2009. Ed Archer, John Macko and Kendall Bechtel were joined by drummer Jeffrey McCormack and in 2010, the band played its first live show in its history at the Keep it True Festival, with guest singer Peter Orullian (ex-Heir Apparent).McCormack left the group in 2011, along with announced lead singer David Fefolt (the latter performed on some demos, but never actually performed live or officially recorded with the band). The group was rumored to be demoing new material, but so far nothing had come of it.By 2017, Fifth Angel had been active once again. Original drummer Ken Mary rejoined the group, and vocalist Peter Orullian returned to sing for some 2017 engagements. The band booked two shows for the year: April 22, 2017 at El Corazon in Seattle, Washington, and the Keep it True Festival in Germany on April 29, 2017. The band also had a huge slate of demos that it planned to work on following the Keep It True Festival, in hopes of finally putting together a new record.Their third album, The Third Secret, will be released in September 2018 on Nuclear Blast.
Fifth Angel is the first studio album by the American heavy metal band Fifth Angel. It was originally released in 1986. Musically, it shows much more resemblance to modern power metal than their other USPM counterparts. After recording a four song demo in late 1983 and early 1984, which they sent to over 100 record labels, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records signed the band and financed the recording of five additional songs and released the album in 1986. Epic Records re-released it in 1988 with new artwork.The record was produced by Fifth Angel and Terry Date.The debut. s/t, album of Fifth Angel is one of the finest examples (along with Queensryche's famous EP and with Heir Apparent's "Graceful Inheritence" LP) of the Seattle's 80s Power Metal Scene. Their music has this characteristic sound of the scene carried out in a more melodic approach and being performed excellently in technical terms.Their main song-writer is the guitar virtuoso, James Byrd. His riff-ology and melodic solos reveal he worshiped bands as UFO and MSG, but he still achieves to be original, sounding more metal than his influences. The most interesting thing about the guitars in this album is that while they are of great technical and artistic value, they do not sound repetitive boring as with most guitar virtuosos (like Malmsteen or Vai), keeping ther spontaneity, necessary for a US Power release. As a composer Byrd seems to have have been taken care of every detail of his guitar work giving his tunes synthetical depth and originality. At this point he is perfectly accompanied by the second guitarist Ed Artcher as well as the drummer, Ken Mary (also worked in Chastain and Accept). Moreover Ted Pilot[vocals] contributes the most in this release using the whole attributes of his voice and not only trying to go as high-pitched as he can, like most of the US Power Metal vocalists, making the final result unique. Finally the production is crystal clear, allowing the listener to grasp the whole of this musical masterpiece.The album opens with In the Fallout, a catchy-as-hell, fast tune that will make the band's quality obvious from the first second. Shout it Out and Call Out The Warning reveal the musical intelligence of Ted Pilot, the charismatic voice of whom makes the utter result a real masterpiece. Next comes Fifth Angel, probably the best song in the album. Epic feeling at its outmost, in this mid-tempo tune that its guitar work slowly builds the atmosphere up to climax in the last chorus. Wings of Destiny continues with the same style as Fifth Angel, starting only with acoustic guitars and voice for a minute until finally the electric guitar and drums join in. The Night is a more fast and straight-forward song. Drums are setting the tempo up and Byrd gives us the best riff of the album while Pilot spits out the lyrics. In Only the Strong Survive can be described as the more mediocre moment of the album (if some can be found), but still its depth makes it far from typical or boring. Moreover here Byrd gives us his best guitar solo of the album. Cry Out the Fools is another brilliant moment. In similar style with Fifth Angel but less epic, more ballad-like with an excellent solo and the vocals of Pilot in its finest moment. Its lyrical content is also of great artistic value. Last but not least, Fade to Flames seems the perfect closing for a great record. Epic feeling is still present while is Pilot screaming out the lyrics.All in all here we have to do with a unique album. Maybe the hardcore fans of US Power will be dissapointed, in the beginning with its more melodic approach, but after some few auditions the album will reveal its musical quality. Moreover it will sound interesting even to more Euro Power, Progressive Metal or Hard Rock fans due to its masterful guitar and vocal work and its synthetic depth. A real masterpiece. Buy or die!
Ted Pilot - Vocals
James Byrd - Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Ed Archer - Bass, Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Ken Mary - Drums, Vocals (backing)
John Macko - Bass, Vocals (backing)
01. In the Fallout 03:55
02. Shout It Out 04:27
03. Call Out the Warning 03:34
04. Fifth Angel 04:04
05. Wings of Destiny 04:39
06. The Night 04:45
07. Only the Strong Survive 03:48
08. Cry Out the Fools 04:23
09. Fade to Flames 04:04
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