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Album Review

After a messy split with longtime musical partner Dave Mustaine in Megadeth, bassist Dave Ellefson wasted little time getting his next project a float: F5. In this day and age, most heavy metal bands would like you to believe that they are happy to simply bash away at their instruments 24/7, with their Marshalls cranked up to 11. So it's a bit refreshing to read F5's press release, in which the quintet is honest about its game plan from here on out: "To be heavy, but always melodic." And that's a very fitting description of F5's full-length debut, A Drug for All Seasons. Singer Dale Steele (the most fitting name for a metal singer ever?) has no problem handling the musical curveballs that Ellefson and the other instrumentalists throw his way. But an oddly chosen cover — the hippie anthem "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians — will undoubtedly confuse the metalhead following F5 inherited from Ellefson's Megadeth days. But the original material works much better, as evidenced by such standouts as the title track (which sounds quite a bit like John Bush-era Anthrax) and "Dying on the Vine." Certainly not Peace Sells...but Who's Buying, Pt. 2, but that's precisely what Ellefson did not want to do with his new band.

Customer Reviews

Not Megadeth. but amazing regardless.

This is an amazing debut album from F5, which is a heavy metal band that doesn't rely on screaming. Of course, the songwriting and music sound almost nothing like Megadeth, where F5 bassist David Ellefson was the former bassist for. However, F5 is amazing in its own way, and this album shows. The songwriting is absolutely great. Most of the songs have strong lyrics that leave you thinking about them. The vocals are unique (in a good way), catchy, and the singer's voice is melodic throughout the entire album, which is great, since most bands rely on screaming. The guitars are also amazing. Not only do F5 incorporate solos into their music (Which most bands today don't use), but the solos themselves are amazing. I have never heard anything sound like the solo in the track titled "Dying on the Vine." Most bands are somewhat unoriginal, and if you listen to about five of their tracks on an album, they start to sound the same. That isn't the case with F5. With the exception of three songs (Which is why I couldn't give the album a perfect score), every track is significantly unique, and very catchy. I recommend the songs "Dying on the Vine," "A Drug for All Seasons," "Defacing," and "Faded." They don't sound much like each other (Which is good), but they are all extremely catchy and will get stuck in your head. F5 is an amazing band, and this is one of my favorite debut albums by a band. They're catchy, heavy, and lyrically and instrumentally powerful. If you're a Megadeth fan who came because of former band members from them being in F5 and expects F5 to be a thrash metal band, then you will be disappointed. If you're looking for a unique, catchy, and heavy band of it's own, then you should check these guys out.

Anthrax meets Megadeth?

Well, maybe so. Singer Dale Steele has a voice that reminds me of John Bush, and the music is very straight ahead metal with the occasional surprising and welcomed... uh, surprise (What I Am, for instance). For me, this is a VERY satisfying album. It'll be great for blaring on the back roads home.

HEAVY, MELODIC AND WELL-PERFORMED

I had the opportunity to see them live in a local club in Colorado Springs called "Classics" on 1 July 2006. F5 have taste, skill and soul in their songwriting and perfomances like no band I've seen in a long time. They write songs that rock, while retaining melodic hooks that draw you into their music. The rhythm and melody of their song craft show that these guys have something to say, and know how to express it in their music. It was abundantly clear they really enjoyed playing out - David Ellefson smiled numerous times during their set, and Dale told the crowd, "we're here for you!" It's been said that it's what isn't played that makes the song. I would say that anyone who enjoys listening to Godsmack and Nickelback will find the best elements of both in F5.

A Drug for All Seasons, F5
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