KEN MARY And JOHN MACKO Reflect On The Intensity Of New FIFTH ANGEL Album “When Angels Kill”: “We’re More Progressive And Aggressive, But Maintaining Our Core”

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The old saying “good things come to those who wait” is one that FIFTH ANGEL fans have become rather used to. After twenty years of dormancy, the band reunited in 2010 for the Keep it True Festival, but plans to record new material were scrapped. In 2017  they returned to the same festival and then the stars aligned, with the band deciding to write and record a new album. 2018’s “The Third Secret” was quite a surprise, combining the heavier side of their playing with a modern production. If you check our page regularly, you might remember our review of the album, but if you don’t, you can read it HERE. Also, at the time we spoke with FIFTH ANGEL‘s bass player John Macko and drummer Ken Mary during the album promoting cycle. You can check out our chat with Macko HERE and with Mary AT THIS LOCATION.

After several festival shows in 2019, FIFTH ANGEL had ambitious plans to tour in 2020, but we all know how that went. It was time to get back to the drawing board and work on a follow up to “The Third Secret”. The end result, entitled “When Angels Kill”, is a dream come true for long-time fans. Weaving the lyrics and subject matter of the last trilogy of their albums into a double concept record, this release showcases the band at the height of their creativity and ambition. Its 70 minutes and 14 tracks go by in a flash, and the listener is immersed in a dystopian world where humanity’s survival is at risk.

“When Angels Kill” Artwork

Order “When Angels Kill,” HERE.

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.

Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf became acquainted with FIFTH ANGEL in 2018, after listening to “The Third Secret”. He spent some time catching up with John Macko and Ken Mary once again, and discussing the band’s recently released “When Angels Kill”, the touring plans, the current state of the music business and many other interesting topics. Watch or listen to their information-packed conversation below; and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.


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