How is it possible that this same unsigned band managed to be the first American band to record at the now infamous Studio Fredman?
Hard work, dedication, devotion, and determination for starters...
With roots stretching back to 1991 and the inspiration of Bay Area thrash, Floridian death metal, and early European thrash/death metal; The Fifth Sun began its journey out of the remote north of Minnesota...
10 long years after their humble beginnings, The Fifth Sun recorded their first full-length album, 'The Moment of Truth', in May of 2001 at Studio Fredman in GÃ¶teborg, Sverige.
The band released 'The Moment Of Truth', independently, as no suitable label deal could be found. Ultimately, as a sign of things to come, the album garnered rave reviews from the metal press around the world.
Without ever placing one promotional ad, the album sold over 1700 copies by word of mouth alone, and earned The Fifth Sun heavy rotation on college radio stations, charting up to #36 on FMQB's weekly metal charts and holding down Top 10 positions in many diverse markets.
With songs like, 'Upholding the Sacred Truth', the volatile 'Burn the Flag', and the title track, 'The Moment of Truth', the debut album only hinted at the huge potential of the band...
Fast-forward to the present... Defying the odds again, the band trekked back to Sweden in May/June of 2004 to record their second album, 'The Hunger to Survive.' Featuring monster drumming, courtesy of new drummer, Patrik J Sten (Passenger/Kerozene, ex-Transport League), and an overwhelming sense of do or die attitude, 'The Hunger to Survive' showcases a band that have truly come into their own. Soul gripping, mind-expanding heaviness, power, and aggression; all executed with passion and conviction.
With tracks like 'Nameless,' 'Ulterior Motives,' 'Meaning in the Movements,' and 'The Hunger to Survive,' The Fifth Sun has proved once again, that with or without a record label, they are a band on a mission.
Check out the artist's website:
1. The Hunger to Survive
2. Meaning in the Movements
3. Intimate Moments
5. Failing to See
6. Leveling the Playing Field
7. The Sixth Great Extinction
8. Secluded Acres
9. In the Blink of an Eye
10. Ulterior Motives
11. Withstanding the Test of Time