Year : 1989 (Metal Blade Records Digipak Edition 2018)
Style : Heavy Metal , Power Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
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.
Time Will Tell is the second album by heavy metal band Fifth Angel, released in 1989. It was produced by Terry Brown, and was Fifth Angel's last full-length studio album for 29 years, until the release of The Third Secret in 2018. Classic heavy metal, the mother of all metal styles, in its pure form remained pretty much a luxury outside the repertoire of the Big Five (Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Accept, Iron Maiden) as it quite quickly branched out into power, speed, thrash, doom and all the rest. The Germans showed a bigger interest in it (Victory, Bonfire, Heaven’s Gate), and partially Japan (Loudness, Crowley), but the majority were tributes from here and there that largely remained underground phenomena.The US scene produced the mighty Riot before it rushed to develop its own boisterous, epic brand of metal, and although Ratt and Motley Crue’s early efforts were going in the right direction, it all soon became too poppy, glammy and commercialized that at some stage no one really bothered with the discovering and the launching of the new Scorpions or the next Judas Priests.Fifth Angel stayed faithful to the power metal heritage of their homeland on the excellent debut, a seriously underappreciated collection of rousing anthems which should have shot them on the front row with Manowar, Savatage, Crimson Glory, etc. Mentioning the last two, there was a not very overt progressive flair in the execution of some of these numbers that could have been elaborated on… but the guys decided to leave the more complex landscapes to their colleagues, opting instead to unearth the rich heavy metal heritage on the album reviewed here.And the band have done an awesome job, also well conformed with the overall softening of the heavy/power metal arena, in the US in particular, under the influence of the ever-expanding at the time glam metal wave although traces of the latter are nowhere to be found as this is vintage heavy metal from beginning to end, one of the finest examples of “the mother” being treated with all the veneration it truly deserves. “Cathedral” is an emblematic opener with the bouncy riffs and the great chorus, Ted Pilot outstanding behind the mike without going into any extremes, staying within the mid-ranged parametres, keeping it moderately emotional. “Midnight Love” brings some of the power metal swagger of the debut with the dynamic galloping arrangements, but all is calm and pleasantly idyllic on the nice melancholic heavy rocker “Seven Hours”.“Broken Dreams” sounds like the obligatory ballad, but there’s more verve and drama to be witnessed here as this cut is another sure winner with its introspective, moderately pessimistic aura (it’s “broken dreams” we’re talking about, after all). The title-track is a feelgood heavy metal hymn which, if nothing else, brightens the mood and also sets the tone for the UFO cover of “Lights Out”, faithfully performed without any embellishments. “Wait for Me” is the only place where some cheese starts sticking out, another more ballad-prone piece with echoes of the Def Leppard repertoire, but time waits for no sleaze, and “Angel of Mercy” comes to provide more bite with its more energetic riffage the cavalcade growing into something wonderfully power metal-ish again on “We Rule”, a belligerent cut with hard-hitting guitars the latter stifled by another attempt at the ballad, this time marginally better, “So Long”, the cycle closed by the infectious crowd pleaser “Feel the Heat”.Every single song here has a clear radio hit potential as though the guys were deliberately aiming at this particular media, and by all rights they should have conquered it… in another fairer world. Their old fans must have frowned more than just now and then listening to these plainly pop metal-ish at times tracks, but one can’t deny the memorable song-writing and the professional execution, the overall feel quite reminiscent of Bonfire’s “Point Blank” released the same year. An ill-measured attempt at commercialism, to put it this way? Possibly, but this was all a part of the whole movement in the late-80’s with other power metal purveyors like Leatherwolf, Chastain, and even “the kings of metal” Manowar testing these mellower waters, trying to find the shortcut to the box office breakthrough…Which never became a dream come true for our friends here. The band folded after two strong showings, ones that took me ages literally to track down back in those days. But this is not the main reason why I have such a soft spot for their legacy; one always cherishes those who treat the senior musical citizens… sorry, canons with the proper amount of respect and devotion.
Ted Pilot - Vocals
Ed Archer - Keyboards, Guitars
John Macko - Bass, Keyboards
Ken Mary - Drums
Kendall Bechtel - Guitars
01. Cathedral 04:08
02. Midnight Love 04:38
03. Seven Hours 04:51
04. Broken Dreams 04:56
05. Time Will Tell 04:23
06. Lights Out (UFO cover) 04:05
07. Wait for Me 04:48
08. Angel of Mercy 04:32
09. We Rule 03:32
10. So Long 04:48
11. Feel the Heat 03:55
+ Video "Time Will Tell" (Official Video)
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