Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
One more band that had a big success during the 80’s, that has returned after thirty years since their last studio effort. Fifth Angel were formed in 1983 at the amazing Seattle, that had big bands like Queensryche, Metal Church, consisting of Ted Pilot (vocals), James Byrd (guitars), Ken Mary (drums) and the following years released two albums, best of their kind that made history, we loved them and made the group one of our favorites. While the future was showing bright, the group disbanded in 1990 and it took 20 years for them to come back to life, in 2010 when they were called to Keep it True Festival in Germany, and they repeated the same thing in 2017 at the same festival. The great feedback from the audience was the reason the band got back together in the original line-up that they had in their last album “Time Will Tell”, other than Ted Pilot who declined due to other duties, and Kendall Bechtel taking the guitars and vocals. “The Third Secret”, even if it is delayed, continues the musical journey of Fifth Angel, exactly where we left of with “Time Will Tell”. A combination of classic power metal with lots of elements of heavy metal of today, based on riffs / solos from the awesome guitar duo (Ed Archer – Kendall Bechtel) and the dynamic vocals of Kendall Bechtel that remind a bit of Dio and Diego Valdez (Dream Child – Electronomikon). Incredible solos, both during the introduction and the duration of “Stars Are Falling” , in a dynamic rhythm that goes with the bass of John Macko and the drums of Ken Mary, with the huge vocals of Kendal, showing the facette of the album. Equally good and one of the best in the album is “We Will Rise”, while “Queen of Thieves” follows in a heavier, eastern tempo reminding a bit of “Black Sabbath”. The amazing riffs, like in the whole of the album, stand out in “Dust to Dust” in a continuous manner and are stopped when the melodic and highlight track “Can You Hear Me” comes around. Intensity rises with “This Is War” where the bass of John Macko makes a difference, and slows down again in the semi-ballad “Fatima” which moves in a hefty metal manner, with good vocals mainly in the intro. The self-titled has a rhythmic introduction which slowly builds up and the fast, attacking “Shame on You” have the same characteristic, repetition of the chorus, that might be a bit annoying. “Hearts of Stone” closes the album like it started, with dynamic tempo at the drums and the guitars / vocals that dominate. I was dreaming the return of Fifth Angel with Ted Pilot (one of the favorites) in the vocals; I will say that I was impressed with the vocals of Kendal Bechtell, as well as the whole album which was very closed with what I wanted.