|Origin||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Years active||2003–present (on hiatus)|
|Labels||Mascot Records (2004–2006)
Cleopatra Records (2005)
Underwater Records (2005)
OarFin Dist., Inc. (2008)
|Past members||Dave Small|
Before F5 was formed, Dave Ellefson was the bassist for the multi-platinum thrash metal band Megadeth but in 2002 the band dissolved due to an injury to frontman Dave Mustaine's arm. Ellefson went on to produce one local band called Lifted, which is where he met guitarist Steve Conley and drummer Dave Small. After recruiting guitarist John Davis and vocalist Dale Steele, F5 was then formed.
F5 quickly realized their mission was to be heavy, but always melodic. With the creative flood gates wide open the group eagerly wrote scores of new songs and recorded their debut album A Drug For All Seasons with producer Ryan Greene, who is recognized for working with bands like Megadeth, Bad Religion, and NOFX. The record was released worldwide in 2005 on JVC (Japan/Asia), Mascot (Europe) and Cleopatra Records (North America).
The Debut Album
In 2005, F5 released their debut album entitled A Drug For All Seasons. F5 toured in support of the album, including opening for Staind for one tour date on the Jägermeister Music Tour in 2006. MTV premiered the music video of F5's song Dissidence. The song Dissidence is included on a compilation CD called Unleashed 3.
In 2008, F5 released their second studio album entitled The Reckoning, with Ellefson's former Megadeth band-mate Jimmy DeGrasso joining on drums after Small left in 2007, and Ryan Greene again producing. The album was released via OarFin Distribution (Koch), licensed to Nightmare Records in North America and Silverwolf Productions in Europe.
In early 2010, Megadeth's official website announced the return of Dave Ellefson, leaving the future of F5 unknown. The previous year Jimmy DeGrasso had also returned to Alice Cooper's band, and as of May 2013 Steve Conley has joined Flotsam And Jetsam.
- A Drug For All Seasons (Released September 13, 2005 on Cleopatra Records) Produced by Ryan Greene
- 01 – Faded
- 02 – Dissidence
- 03 – Fall To Me
- 04 – A Drug For All Seasons
- 05 – Bleeding
- 06 – What I Am
- 07 – Dying on the Vine
- 08 – Hold Me Down
- 09 – Defacing
- 10 – X'd Out
- 11 – Look You In The Eyes
- 12 – Forte Sonata
- The Reckoning (Released August 19, 2008) Produced by Ryan Greene & Mastered By Maor Appelbaum
- 01 – No Excuse
- 02 – I Am The Taker
- 03 – The Reckoning
- 04 – Rank And File
- 05 – Love Is Dead
- 06 – Through Hell
- 07 – Wake Up
- 08 – Cause For Concern
- 09 – My End
- 10 – Control
- 11 – Final Hour
- Dale Steele – Vocals (2003 – present)
- Dave Ellefson – Bass (2003–2010)
- Steve Conley – Guitars (2003 – present)
- John Davis – Guitars (2003 – present)
- Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums (2007–2010)
- Dave Small – Drums (2003–2007)
- F5 Review at BC Music
- F5 Review at Billboard
- F5 Review at Blabbermouth
- F5 Review at Cutting Edge
- F5 Review at Rock Eyez
- F5 Interview at Garage Radio
- F5 Interview at Hard Music Magazine
- F5 Interview at Heavy Metal Resource
- F5 Interview at Knac
- F5 Interview at Metal Temple
- F5 Interview at Now On Tour
- F5 Interview at Shockwaves Magazine
- F5 Interview at Talent 2K
- David Ellefson Interview at Alternative-Zine.com (2008/10/20)
- David Ellefson Interview at Alternative-Zine.com (2008/10/20 – Hebrew version)
- Prato, Greg. Allmusic, a trademark of AEC One Stop Group, Incorporated. Nielson Business Media, Incorporated. Billboard. F5 – A Drug For All Seasons. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
- Meyer, Frank. KNAC. Mega-Exclusive! Interview With F5 Bassist Dave Ellefson. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
- F5 Official Site. F5-Biography. Biography. Retrieved on 2009-04-07.
- Dave. Heavy Metal Resource Interviews. F5's Dave Ellefson. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
- Sidney Frank Importing Company. Jägermeister Music Tour. Spring 2006 Jägermeister Music Tour featuring Staind. Retrieved on 2007-10-09.
- Blabbermouth. F5 Featured On Unleashed Compilation CD. Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
- F5 Official Website
- Johnson, Heather (2005). "MixLine Feature: Ryan Greene Opens Crush Recording". Mix (magazine).