The mighty Fifth Angel will release their epic fourth album, When Angels Kill, on June 16 via Nuclear Blast Records. For Fifth Angel fans, or fans of melodic power metal, this album is simply a “must have.”

Weaving the lyrics and subject matter of the last trilogy of Fifth Angel albums into a double concept record similar to the likes of Helloween’s Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, or Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime, When Angels Kill is all killer, and absolutely no filler. Each song has been crafted into a standalone work, and the double vinyl, CD, and digital versions are nearly seventy minutes in length.

The band have released a new single from the upcoming album. "Resist The Tyrant" is being carried by infectious guitar leads and a captivating chorus, and is a prime example of those powerful and hard-hitting heavy metal anthems that can only be written and performed by the absolute masters of the genre.

In this day and age, tyranny is not fiction, it never was. While not a political song and rather woven into the album concept of When Angels Kill, "Resist The Tyrant" bears a powerful message that will resonate with those oppressed or fighting oppression today. Its rebellious spirit has been remarkably captured in a new Fifth Angel music video also premiering today.

The video introduces the four main characters in the story of this epic concept album. The four main characters of the story are: the protagonist Phoenix, a young man, and his best friend in the resistance, Dylan, Phoenix's love interest Lana, also a member of the rebellion, and the global Tyrant Dionne Profontis.  

Ken Mary (Fifth Angel drummer and producer) commented: "When Angels Kill is actually more of a soundtrack to a movie that hasn't been made yet. This new album combines much of the subject matter from the last three albums and weaves a compelling story. It's very easy to visualize the "movie" as you listen to this album. Overall, it's a deep and dark story, but the subjects that the band has always written about deal with the state of mankind. Themes of media deception, war, terrorism, oppression, betrayal, natural disasters and the battle for survival are all woven in. We even reference many of the previous albums song titles in the new lyrics, which to my knowledge has not been done before in a concept album. We hope the fans will feel that this album is something very special."

The story of When Angels Kill begins in the future, when Phoenix, a young man caught in a world undergoing enormous changes, determines that the cunning, deceptive, and ruthless global leader that is enslaving billions will not subjugate him. Although it seems pointless and even fatal to resist, Phoenix joins a remnant of people that fight on for a better world. Traitorous love, catastrophic events, isolation, and impending doom darken his days, but Phoenix somehow retains his will to survive. The story concludes with a surprise ending.


Available formats:

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

Pre-order the album here.


Descent Into Darkness
When Angels Kill
Resist The Tyrant
On Wings Of Steel
We Are Immortal
Empire Of Hate
Run To The Black
Seven Angels
Blinded And Bleeding
Kill The Pain
Five Days To Madness
Ashes To Ashes
The End Of Everything
Light The Skies

Fifth Angel lineup 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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