doom, metal, hardcore
THE FIFTH ALLIANCE are
Silvia (vocals) • Niels (guitar) • Matthijs (guitar) • Ashwin (drums) • Ruud (bass guitar)
THE FIFTH ALLIANCE was conceived in Breda, The Netherlands late 2006. The newly formed band took inspiration from chaotic hardcore bands like Coalesce, Botch, Converge combined with heavy acts like Isis, Cult Of Luna, Poison The Well, which resulted in the band self-released EP, ‘Fear Consumption’, in 2007. Their follow-up EP ‘Reflections On Consciousness’ saw the light of day through Crossfirecult Records in 2009, packed with dissonant riffs, rhythmic twists and heavy grooves. Playing numerous shows strengthened the band as a solid, tight playing force to be reckoned with.
In 2010 and 2011, the band encountered some setbacks from leaving band members, which allowed them to re-direct their musical course. Reinforced by a new rhythmic section, the band slowly labored forward with writing new songs and drawing more and more influences from sludge and doom music.
By Summer 2012, the band started recording their first full length album ‘Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin’. Their new album, which was released on Demons Run Amok Entertainment delivered massive, sludge/doom/hardcore merged into seven epic tracks, ranging from slow, gut wrenching riffing, claustrophobic screaming by vocalist Silvia, to hectic and fast blasts. ‘Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin’ deals with isolation, loss, self-destructive nature of man, organized religion and blind consumption.
Powerful and dark, their second album “Death Poems” consists of four new tracks that masterfully blend gritty and harsh sludge with emotive, gloomy post-metal moments. With this record, THE FIFTH ALLIANCE have taken a significant step forward and developed a more powerful and emotionally intense sound, especially in the vocal delivery of Silvia Berger. There is something deeply disturbing and touching about the singer’s performance as if she is lamenting the loss of a loved one. If you are a fan of doomy, harsh and emotive post-metal, then “Death Poems” is going to be one of your favourite releases of 2015.
"One word comes to mind when I hear this band, and that word is Vast" exclusiv track stream
"Bestechender Post-Metal mit Anleihen aus Doom und Sludge kommt dieser Tage am besten direkt von unseren niederländischen Nachbarn; der apokalyptische Mix von The Fifth Alliance ist dabei so getragen wie unterkühlt."
"Death Poems is going to be one of your favourite releases of 2015."
"There's a feeling of isolation, but as the songs and bile escalate, the resulting flames could consume us all." (8/10)
"This is music that manages to combine the soft caress of despair with the hammer of aggressive catharsis. It’s definitely a recommended listen and one for all fans of interesting, Doom-laden music."
"Death Poems shows a band that wants to outdo itself and succeeding in that completely."
the sleeping shaman
"Melody, crushing chords, and blessed vocal fury." (4/5)
"Alleen een band met kwaliteit kan zo’n switch maken"
"Het is hard, het is melodisch, het is strak en het is emotioneel."
"hier trifft grandiose Stimmung auf die vielleicht besten Female Vocals 2015."
"Death Poems is een heerlijk werkje"
"The Fifth Alliance is like nothing else I have heard."
"Overweldigend en meeslepend en bijna verwoestend voor je gemoedstoestand"
"het geluid van de plaat is top notch" (70/100)
"Warning! This album might cause you depressions"
"there was clear effort and it definitely paid off in a most wonderful composition"
"Wo es dem Quintett auf seinem Debüt noch an Richtung und Stringenz fehlte, hat eine Straffung des Sounds zu einem wirkungsstarken, eindrücklichen Zweitwerk geführt."
"this band will haunt your dreams forever"
Echoes & Dust
"there is a lot to commend about Death Poems, most especially for how brutally honest and raw its emotions are."
The Sound Not The Word
"Death Poems is an emotionally draining ride."