F5 (band)

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F5 concert in Ithaca.jpg
F5 in concert at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY in Summer 2006. (l-r) John Davis & Dave Ellefson
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, USA
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
Years active2003–present (on hiatus)
LabelsMascot Records (2004–2006)
Cleopatra Records (2005)
Underwater Records (2005)[1]
OarFin Dist., Inc. (2008)
Associated actsMegadeth
MembersDave Ellefson
Dale Steele
Steve Conley
John Davis
Jimmy DeGrasso
Past membersDave Small

F5 is a heavy metal band based out of Phoenix, Arizona which features Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson and ex-Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso.[2]



Before F5 was formed, Dave Ellefson was the bassist for the multi-platinum thrash metal band Megadeth[3] but in 2002, the band dissolved due to an injury to frontman Dave Mustaine's arm. Ellefson went on to produce a local band called Lifted, which is where he met guitarist Steve Conley and drummer Dave Small.[4] After recruiting guitarist John Davis and vocalist Dale Steele, F5 was then formed.

The Debut Album[edit]

In 2006, F5 released their debut album entitled A Drug For All Seasons recorded with producer Ryan Greene, who had worked with Megadeth, Bad Religion, and NOFX. The record was released worldwide in 2005 on JVC (Japan/Asia), Mascot (Europe) and Cleopatra Records (North America).[3] F5 toured in support of the album, including opening for Staind for one tour date on the Jägermeister Music Tour in 2006.[5] MTV premiered the music video of F5's song Dissidence. The song Dissidence is included on a compilation CD called Unleashed 3.[6]

In March 2013 the album was re-issued exclusively on iTunes with a new bonus track 'Sleeping Giants'.[7]

The Reckoning[edit]

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.

A video emerged for the album's title track The Reckoning, followed by one for an unreleased non-album cover of Fight's Nailed To The Gun.

After F5[edit]

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[8]
    • 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


Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • 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)

Former members[edit]

  • Dave Small – Drums (2003–2007)




  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Meyer, Frank. KNAC. Mega-Exclusive! Interview With F5 Bassist Dave Ellefson. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  3. ^ a b F5 Official Site. F5-Biography. Biography. Retrieved on 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ Dave. Heavy Metal Resource Interviews. F5's Dave Ellefson. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  5. ^ Sidney Frank Importing Company. Jägermeister Music Tour. Spring 2006 Jägermeister Music Tour featuring Staind. Retrieved on 2007-10-09.
  6. ^ Blabbermouth. F5 Featured On Unleashed Compilation CD. Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  7. ^ F5 Official Website
  8. ^ Johnson, Heather (2005). "MixLine Feature: Ryan Greene Opens Crush Recording". Mix (magazine).

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