Fifth Angel were the 80’s American power/heavy metal band who had it all yet sadly remained virtually unnoticed by the majority of metal fans. Neither hair metal nor thrash metal, these Seattle based classicists were simply an accessible heavy metal band in the purist terms; having more in common with the likes of Dio than the prevailing thrash trends of the day.
With their self-titled album (released in 1986), Fifth Angel’s clean and catchy sound should have seen them break into the mainstream and while pop-metal would (sometimes) be a fair description, the hard-hitting anthemic likes of “In The Fallout” and “Call Out The Warning” distanced them far from the glam-metal shenanigans of Poison, Cinderella & Warrant etc.
Fans of the heavier moments of Ratt, Skid Row and Quiet Riot should invest in Fifth Angel (if you haven’t already) as these guys were a seriously pristine act with a quality debut album to back up the superlatives!
Time Will Tell followed in 1989 and proved to be another classic slab of prime heavy metal but Fifth Angel were still left on the shelf, gathering dust and, probably, feeling rather unloved. Fortunately, fans of 80’s US heavy metal have latched onto them in the preceding years and flown Fifth Angel’s flag as high as possible.
Fifth Angel’s first album, The Third Secret, in nearly 30 years is due for release via Nuclear Blast on October 26th, 2018!
Perhaps Fifth Angel’s time is still to come?
Other albums in Worship Metal’s Unleashed From The Vaults Series:
Minotaur – Power Of Darkness / Steve Von Till – As the Crow Flies /Hittman – Hittman / God Forbid – IV: The Constitution / Pulkas – Greed / Handsome – Handsome / Hellbastard – Natural Order / Slander – Careless Talk Costs Lives / Iceland – Iceland / TON – Plague / Angel Of Mercy – The Avatar / Dark Heresy – Abstract Principles Taken To Their Logical Extremes