Fifth Angel is probably best known having their song “Midnight Love” used as the theme song for Howard Stern’s cable TV show. They disbanded several decades ago, with their drummer Ken Mary being their most known member, going to play for Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, Impellitteri, Chastain, Accept and most recently Flotsam And Jetsam among others. Nuclear Blast had revealed earlier this year that they would be releasing the band’s first album in 30 years, which will be titled The Third Secret.
The label recently sent us news that the band would be welcoming back former guitarist Ed Archer. Here is a sample of that comunique:
FIFTH ANGEL recently put the finishing touches on their first new album in almost 30 years – »The Third Secret«, which will be released on October 26th through Nuclear Blast Records. But before their fans can put their hands on the new record, there’s more news to announce from the band’s camp. Guitarist Ed Archer, who has already been a part of the band in the past (1983–1989, 2010, 2017), rejoins the group as a permanent member and completes the quartet from now.
Ken Mary states, “We are very excited to announce the return of rhythm guitarist Ed Archer to FIFTH ANGEL. Ed is a very important part of the band and to have him back with us is amazing!”
Adds Ed Archer, “I’m thrilled to be back in the fold with my friends and fellow musicians in FIFTH ANGEL, and I’m very excited about upcoming events!”
The Third Secret features the incredible talents of guitarist and lead vocalist Kendall Bechtel, bassist John Macko and drummer and backing vocalist Ken Mary. Says bassist John Macko, “When we began this process, we always were mindful to write songs that moved us as a band first. We felt that if we achieved that, then the music will most likely touch our fans as well.” Adds lead vocalist and guitarist Kendall Bechtel, “We are very proud of the new album! We hope the fans will hear the classic threads of the FIFTH ANGEL they know and love, along with the growth and maturity the individuals of the band have gone through over the years. We hope they love the new songs as much as we do!” The cover artwork was created by Zsofia Dankova (POWERWOLF a.o.).
FIFTH ANGEL will release the first digital single & lyric video “Can You Hear Me,”on September 7th. On the same day, the album pre-order will start too.