|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Years active||Late 1983–1990 2009–present|
Fifth Angel was formed in the suburbs of Seattle in late 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).
John Macko replaced Kenny Kay on bass in 1987, while Kendall Bechtel replaced James Byrd on lead guitar. The group released a self-titled album in 1986 on Shrapnel Records, which was re-released on Epic Records in 1988. In 1989, the follow-up record, Time Will Tell, marked the end of the band, 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 is in the midst of demoing new material, but operates on a part-time basis as the band members' schedules allow.
- Ed Archer - Guitar (1983–1989, 2009–present)
- John Macko - Bass (1988–1989, 2009–present)
- Kendall Bechtel - Guitar/Vocals (1989, 2009–present)
- Ted Pilot - Lead Vocals (1983–1989)
- James Byrd - Guitar (1983–1988)
- Ken Mary - Drums (1983–1988)
- Kenny Kay - Bass (circa 1985 - did not play on an album)
- Tim Branom - Lead Vocals (2010 - just rehearsals for Keep it True Festival)
- Peter Orullian - Lead Vocals (2010 - one live show only - KIT Festival - as a guest/touring member)
- Jeffrey McCormack - Drums (2010–2011)
- David Fefolt - Lead Vocals (2011 - left the band before ever performing live or officially recording. His vocals appear on demos that have never been circulated)
- Official website for Fifth Angel
- Official website for James Byrd
- Official website for Ken Mary
- Band profile at Metal Archives.com
- Fifth Angel (Shrapnel Records, 1986; re-released on Epic Records, 1988) US No. 117
- Time Will Tell (Epic, 1989)
- Billboard, Allmusic.com