Guitarist Ed Archer of cult Seattle metal band FIFTH ANGEL has issued the following update:
"[I] just wanted to update you on how things are going, songwriting-wise, for a future FIFTH ANGEL album. The ideas have been pouring out and we have a good 15 songs we're working on right now… Some exciting and creative work being done. We hope to have 20-plus songs to choose from by the end of the year, and hope to select around 12 for a future album.
"I've been asked a few times by reporters what the material sounds like and the word I'd have to use is 'dark.' Not that every song is extremely heavy or dark, but the general theme that is emerging with the stories being told in lyrics delves into the seamier side of human nature… lust, greed, power, deceit, manipulation, control… you get the picture! The overall sound is probably a hybrid of the first and second FIFTH ANGEL records.
"Some of the song titles being kicked around are 'The Unfaithful', 'Liar', 'Voodoo Solution' and 'Holocaust'. You may well imagine the music associated with such titles…
"Anyway, that's about it from here. We're continuing to work on songs, shooting for a new record sometime in 2010, talking with several record producers that might be involved, and have plans to play the Keep it True festival in Germany next year, and possibly other shows in different parts of the globe."
The reunited FIFTH ANGEL — featuring Ted Pilot, Ed Archer, John Macko and Kendall Bechtel — will perform at next year's Keep It True XIII festival, set to take place April 23-24, 2010 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.
FIFTH ANGEL announced in March that it was ending its 20-year hiatus by commencing work on material for a new studio album.
FIFTH ANGEL, formed in the mid-1980s, released two studio records, "Fifth Angel" (1986) and "Time Will Tell" (1989) to critical acclaim, building a rabid underground fan following. The band's song "Midnight Love" was the featured theme track of radio personality Howard Stern's TV show in the early 1990s.
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