Fifth Angel

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Fifth Angel
Origin Bellevue, Washington
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Years active Late 1983–1990 2009–present
Labels Epic Records
Shrapnel Records

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.[1]

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,[2] 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 has been rumored to be demoing new material, but so far nothing has come of it.

As of 2017, Fifth Angel is active once again. Original drummer Ken Mary rejoined the group, and vocalist Peter Orullian has resumed his post as Fifth Angel's lead singer. The band booked two shows for the year: Apr. 22, 2017 at El Corazon in Seattle, Wash., and the Keep it True Festival in Germany on Apr. 29, 2017., playing Keep it True in Germany once again on April 29, 2017. The band also has a huge slate of demos that it plans to work on following the Keep it True Festival, in hopes of finally putting together a new record. [3]

Current members[edit]

  • Ed Archer - Rhythm Guitar (1983–1989, 2009–present)
  • Ken Mary - Drums (1983–1988, 2017-present)
  • John Macko - Bass (1988–1989, 2009–present)
  • Kendall Bechtel - Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals (1989, 2009–present)
  • Peter Orullian - Lead Vocals (2010, 2017-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Ted Pilot - Lead Vocals (1983–1989)
  • James Byrd - Lead Guitar (1983–1988)
  • Kenny Kay - Bass (circa 1985 - did not play on an album)
  • Jeffrey McCormack - Drums (2010–2011)
  • Tim Branom - Lead Vocals (2010 - just rehearsals for Keep it True Festival)
  • 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)

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