F5 - The Reckoning

F5 - The Reckoning

11 songs
41:13 minutes
***** ***


F5 is not only a very useful button on the computer keyboard, but also the name of an American power thrash metal band that has been founded in 2004 and has now released their second album The Reckoning. Their main selling point are two well known musicians: bassist David Ellefson and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso who are the rhythm section of Megadeth.

Fortunately F5 are not a Megadeth clone, but a sophisticated metal band that combines modern elements with power and thrash metal sounds from the Eighties. The contemporary component makes for melodic moments as we are used from popular nu metal bands. This is counteracted with a tendency toward the US metal sound of the Eighties that works always great with nostalgics like me.

The opener No Excuse is an instant rocker reminding of veteran bands like Omen or early Savatage. The following tracks also are often quite fast and short, never losing themselves in irrelevance. Towards the end, the CD becomes harder and betrays a certain OverKill influence.

F5’s strength are the two guitar virtuosos and their take-no-prisoners song material. They only have to work harder on hit potential. The music is quite fun but the tracks don’t stick after listening. Power metal fans still should give The Reckoning a chance.

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