F5 is a heavy metal rock band. It features Dave Ellefson an ex Megadeth bassist and Jimmy DeGrasso an ex Megadeth drummer. The band was started in 2003. David worked with Dale Steele who was a singer at a band he was producing demos for in Minnesota.
He was also working with Steve Conley who was a guitarist in a group called Lifted together with Dave Small a drummer. In 2003, Dave Small invited him to jam, and there was chemistry there and they wrote a dozen songs together, Steve as well. They sent them to Dale in Minneapolis and he sang on them, sent the songs back, and they sounded incredible.
Dale moved to Phoenix and they continued to write on songs together. They then decided to bring in a new guitar player, John Davis, and F5 Band was formed within 3-4 months. They began sending their music out to recording companies and the first company to come on board was JVC in Japan.
In 2004 they went into the studio to record their album with Steve Smith and Ryan Greene. They completed the sessions by July and they played a few concerts in California and Arizona and the response was incredible. They released a “A Drug for all Seasons” in 2005.
A Drug for all Seasons Albums
This album is hardly a metal album and more of a hard-alternative rock album. The drug’s ingredients include Pantera, Alice in Chains, Chevelle, 90s Metallica, and some Guns and Roses throw in. When mixed together, you get the “A Drug for all Seasons”.
The album is entertaining and its also relatable. You can hear from the album that Ellefson was in charge. There was a downside to that because he is a bassist. The album would have sounded much better if he was absent in some of the songs.
However, Dale Steele saved the album with his vocals. He sounds so good; his voice is audible and clear and he uses the pitch perfectly. He also does the harmonies so well. The album also the guitars decently put on top.
The Reckoning Album
This album is filled with tight writing and strong songs. The guitars and the bass rolls are flashy and they didn’t over do them, the breakdowns were also very crunchy. the beat is head-bangable, complex yet easy at the same time.
The rhythm of the songs is complimented by the simple bassline-style chord progressions from the guitars. Steele manages to be remain above the yelling and remains in tune. Most of the songs have easy transitions from melodic choruses and syncopated open chords into quick solo breaks.
Davis and Conley change leads between synchronized playing, they then take short breaks into spoken word, and they finish with a chorus. The song, reckoning is a really done metal song and it is also straightforward.
Every song on this album is heavy and head-banging. All the eleven songs start to blend together. The songs have a very familiar style, sound, and structure. However, most of the songs sounds all too familiar, they are more executed than invented.