June 17, 2023
Photo: Shane Eckert.

US metal legends FIFTH ANGEL have released a music video for the song We Are Immortal from their brand new studio album, When Angels Kill, which is out NOW via Nuclear Blast Records.

With We Are Immorta‘ the mighty FIFTH ANGEL celebrate the release of their fourth full-length, When Angels Kill, a nearly 70-minutes-long concept album filled to the brim with sing-a-long choruses, massive riffs and epic melodies. A must for fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Dio and other genre greats.

Drummer and producer Ken Mary states: “We are proud to finally see the release of When Angels Kill, a concept album over two years in the making. This is our fourth album, and is perhaps the most important album we’ve done to date. When Angels Kill weaves together new songs with themes, song titles, and even some lyrical content from the last three albums to make a cohesive and exciting story of tyranny, love, betrayal, and survival. We believe this is the first time this has been attempted, at least that we know about, and if one wants to learn more about what has happened in the story, they can even go back and listen to the older albums that are referenced to get a clearer picture. This is the kind of record you can listen to many times and still pick up something new each time. We hope people will delve into it!” 

The atmospheric video directed by Lance Gergar brilliantly captures the song’s dark yet optimistic tone by illuminating the band solely by sparse yellow backlights that make them shine like a glimmer of hope in the all-devouring darkness. 

Ken Mary comments, “We’re very excited to reveal the third video and song from the new Fifth Angel concept album, When Angels Kill. We Are Immortal reveals the next part of the story that follows a global tyrant who has unleashed destruction on anyone that opposes him. Many in the opposition have now been extinguished, and We Are Immortal is a song of resistance and defiance in the face of overwhelming odds and the darkest of storms. The song reveals hearts of courage and fearlessness in the young survivors, who are ready to meet whatever may come next head on. And to find out what comes next, one should buy the vinyl double album, make an evening of it, and sit down to enjoy this 70 minute audio ‘movie!'”

When Angels Kill

  1. Descent Into Darkness
  2. When Angels Kill
  3. Resist The Tyrant
  4. On Wings Of Steel
  5. We Are Immortal
  6. Empire Of Hate
  7. Run To The Black
  8. Seven Angels
  9. Blinded And Bleeding
  10. Kill The Pain
  11. Five Days To Madness
  12. Ashes To Ashes
  13. The End Of Everything
  14. Light The Skies


Gatefold 2LP (Transparent Red)
Gatefold 2LP (Sky Blue)
Digital Album


The Seattle music scene in the mid 1980’s was a breeding ground of exceptional talent. Heavy metal was a new wave of music that was sweeping the globe, and FIFTH ANGEL is one of the forefathers of the legendary Seattle metal scene that produced iconic metal bands such as Queensryche and Metal Church.

In 1984, school friends Ted Pilot (vocalist), Ed Archer (guitarist) and drummer Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam and Jetsam, House of Lords) joined forces with lead guitarist James Byrd and bassist John Macko. Inspired by the success of Queensryche, who shunned playing clubs for the sake of writing, recording and releasing their own music independently, FIFTH ANGEL chose a similar path. They focused on honing their writing and recording skills, crafting the incredible debut album Fifth Angel, which today stands as a metal classic that has influenced countless bands.

Co-produced with famed music producer Terry Date, (Pantera, Soundgarden, White Zombie), Fifth Angel was Date’s first ever production. The album, recorded at Steve Lawson studios in Seattle and first released in the United States on Shrapnel Records, was distributed in Europe through a fledgling label named RoadRunner Records based in the Netherlands. The album quickly became a cult classic in the European metal community, charting higher than many major label releases.

Epic Records caught wind of the band, and were so impressed with Fifth Angel they signed the band to a seven album, $21 million dollar deal. Re-mastering the recording and re-releasing the album with new artwork, Epic unveiled FIFTH ANGEL to a worldwide audience in 1988.

The band received rave reviews, and was touted in the press as the “next big thing” in all the major metal magazines of the day, including Hit Parader, Kerrang!, RIP, Metal Edge, Metal Forces and many others. Kerrang! went as far as attaching a flexidisc of the band’s music onto their cover, and giving the center fold out of the magazine to the band as well.

In late 1988, the band entered the studio once again, this time with producer Terry Brown (Rush). Epic Records released Time Will Tell by FIFTH ANGEL in August of 1989. Time Will Tell saw the departure of lead guitarist James Byrd, and the introduction of guitar prodigy Kendall Bechtel. The video for Time Will Tell was released from the album, and went into rotation on MTV. An additional single from the album, Midnight Love, became the theme song for shock jock Howard Stern‘s #1 ranked US radio show for over four years.

However, the winds of change were beginning to stir over the music industry, and when grunge music hit the US music market hard in the early 90’s, (music that ironically was based out of Seattle as well), FIFTH ANGEL disbanded. But that’s not the end of the story…

FIFTH ANGEL was invited to headline the Keep It True festival in Germany in 2010. The reception was incredible, with the sold out crowd singing the lyrics to every song. This positive momentum planted the seeds for a new album.

Finally, several of the members began writing and recording together, and the collective enthusiasm was very strong over the music that was created. Nuclear Blast signed the band to a new recording contract based on a three-song demo that was submitted in 2017, and in the fall of 2018 FIFTH ANGEL released their first new album in nearly 30 years, The Third Secret.

The album featured the incredible talents of Kendall Bechtel, Ken Mary and John Macko. Original guitarist Ed Archer soon returned, and along with two new members, Steve Carlson on lead vocals and Ethan Brosh on lead guitar, the lineup was completed after an unexpected departure at the end of 2018 by Bechtel.

The Third Secret topped the charts on Deaf Forever (DE), Rock Hard (DE) and numerous other international magazines, and brought the group back on the charts. In 2019, the band returned to the festival stages, headlining the Metal Assault festival in Würzburg, Germany, and then appearing at the Rock Hard and Alcatraz festivals in the Summer of that year.

FIFTH ANGEL will appear this spring at the Keep It True festival once again with the current lineup, and will also perform at Alcatraz (BE) later in August 2023.

Photo: Shane Eckert

FIFTH ANGEL line-up on When Angels Kill
Steve Carlson – Vocals
Ken Mary – Drums
John Macko – Bass
Ed Archer – Guitars
Steve Conley – Guitars
Jim Dofka – Lead Guitars


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