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Fifth Angel - 1989 Time Will Tell

ARTIST: Fifth Angel
ALBUM: Time Will Tell
SERIAL: 45021
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2000, Colletables (USA), COL 6454 * 2012, Southworld, SW0049CD


LINEUP: Ted Pilot - vocals * Kendall Bechtel - lead guitar * Ed Archer - rhythm guitar * Ken Mary - drums * John Macko - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cathedral * 02 Midnight Love * 03 Seven Hours * 04 Broken Dreams * 05 Time Will Tell * 06 Lights Out * 07 Wait For Me * 08 Angel Of Mercy * 09 We Rule * 10 So Long * 11 Feel The Heat


Well, despite the band's infamous history, and their 'fallout' with founding guitarist James Byrd, the band still did enough to release a second album, and this time, delivered on schedule. It was the summer of 1989 when 'Time Will Tell' found the record shelves, with Epic Records and longtime Rush producer Terry Brown in the producers chair - doing the honours. Fifth Angel had released an immense debut album. Recorded in 1986, but the band and management were shuffled around like deck-chairs on the Titanic. Eventually given a major-label release two years later, the impetus was lost, Fifth Angel were back-pedalling from then on. Still, 'Time Will Tell' is a half-decent record I'll give them that, commercial melodic metal with a lot going for it, surprising to say.

The Songs
'Cathedral' opens Fifth Angel's account, and to say they sound like Ratt is an understatement. Don't think of this as demeaning. It's an excellent track, and leads well into the rest of the album. Second up is 'Midnight Love' riffs away unabashed, galloping along like the four horsemen, topped by a great chorus that only the 80's could've dreamed up. 'Seven Hours' continues the melodic metal goodness to a tee, 'Broken Dreams' which follows next is the album's ballad moment (an excellent one at that), the album reaching critical point with the title-track 'Time Will Tell' (another Ratt doppelganger) and the heroic cover of U.F.O's 'Lights Out'. Fifth Angel step it up on 'We Rule' a Whitesnake like rip-snorter a la the John Sykes era, while 'So Long' drops back into power ballad territory, taking a breather in the process.

In Summary
Two ballads, the rest are full-on rockers. You can add 'Time Will Tell' to the list of excellent 1989 recorded albums, but this would be the end of the line for Fifth Angel as a band. Ken Mary would record with House Of Lords and his own band Soul Shock Remedy while John Macko played with Norwegians TNT during the early 90's. A good CD, hopefully you can pick it up cheap somewhere on Ebay.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 10 2016 04:16:12
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#2 | jefflynnefan on June 10 2016 04:56:07
I like this album a lot, in fact, I like it better than the first album. The song 'Midnight Love' was used by the Howard Stern show as the opening song.
#3 | rkbluez on June 11 2016 11:13:09
Great band I really like both albums but give the first one the edge because of some more epic tracks and the rippin' Call Out The Warning.

I wouldn't be surprised if Frontiers doesn't try and resurrect Fifth Angel as they are doing with the excellent Q5...that would be really cool.
#4 | gdazegod on June 11 2016 12:21:20
There's a bit of history with Fifth Angel which might make a reunion untenable. Especially if James Byrd has anything to do with it.
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