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The best kept secret in music


"Part of Me review"

FLEDfive remains one of the few local acts intent on keeping the guitars' studio meters in the red; from the first chord chunks of "Don't Agree" throughout this 11-song disc - the Grand Rapids four-piece's second full-length release - heavy guitars lead the way, providing a mega-strong platform for well-written songs with massive hooks. Most impressive, however, is the maturation of Brian Grooms' voice - its strength, tone and vibrato have developed immensely; vocals being the make-it-or-break-it benchmark of
most bands' worth, Grooms' pro delivery will give label execs an adequate reason to keep listening long enough to hear the material. If Godsmack is selling millions, it is entirely reasonable to envision FLEDfive doing the same.
- Recoil Magazine, Cliff Frantz

"Press release"

Lineup: Brian Grooms (lead vocals, guitar), Nathan Grooms (drums), Roger Singleton (guitar), John Dorer (bass)
Sounds like: a cross between modern rock (Creed, Alice in Chains) and traditional heavy metal (Metallica, Iron Maiden) that's not afraid to slip into a weighty groove or let 'er rip with a virtuosic guitar solo.
Recorded output: Full-length albums "Part of Me" (2002) and "Highest Hill"
In a live setting these guys hit you like a steel-toed kick in the pants. They don't stop moving around or interacting with fans, and when singer Grooms unleashes his voice, watch out.
...one of the "best of the best" (of the West Michigan Scene)...-John Serba,
Grand Rapids Press
- Grand Rapids Press

"Part of Me review"

Part of Me demonstrates Fledfive's musical capability with solid riffs, catchy hooks and a passion for their craft. As the follow up to 2001's Highest Hill, the new disc is proof that the band has been working diligently, even with the departure of guitarist Josh Mollan, who left before the completion of their second release. Another credit to the band is the
clean recording and high quality production, which is in stark contrast to most Grand Rapids bands' "we recorded this in a toilet because we decided to buy a keg instead of studio time" demos, therefore giving a clear representation of Fledfive's sound. Key moments on the disc include crowd pleaser "Your Hero" and "Failing Eyes" which entertains the idea that new guitarist Roger Singleton was listening to Motley Crue around the time of the recording. For more info on Fledfive visit www.MP3.com/fledfive. - Cristi Cantle
- Music Revue, Cristi Cantle

"Only Human Review"

Being in a band isn’t easy. In fact, it’s an achievement worth lauding whenever a band can manage to hold itself together long enough to just play a show, let alone record an entire album. And then there’s FLEDfive—a hometown heavy metal machine that in addition to maintaining a relentless performance schedule over the past few years, has just released its third independent effort, Only Human. Monster riffs, strong vocals and solid songwriting, in addition to the band’s work ethic, continue to win FLEDfive its impressive popularity. - Recoil magazine


"Highest Hill"--2001
"Part of Me"--2002
"Only Human"--2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


As the music industry scrambles to find the next new sound and keep computer users from “stealing” music, the bands that will survive are the ones who have forged their own personality, not followed trends. FLEDfive belongs in this category, and their current CD release Only Human will further establish that. Their sound is a blend of crunchy guitar riffing, thoughtful lyrics and strong melodies in the vein of Creed, Nickelback and Staind.

The FLEDfive story begins in 1999, when brothers Brian (guitar, vocals) and Nate (drums) Grooms formed the band with bassist John Dorer and guitarist Josh Mollan. Dorer’s previous band had included none other than Wayne Static, who went on to form Static-X. They released Highest Hill in 2001, and promoted it with steady gigging throughout the West Michigan area. Mollan’s departure in 2002 was followed by the release of Part of Me, featuring guitarist Roger Singleton. Dan Banker, formerly of Grand Rapids-based bands A2K and Burn, replaced Singleton in early 2004. He did not, however, join in time for the recording of Only Human, which was released in May 2004.

Through this time FLEDfive has maintained a constant schedule of West Michigan-area gigs, both as headliners and sharing the stage with rock and metal heavyweights such as Smile Empty Soul, Poison, Skid Row, Bad Company, Ratt, Kansas, Jackyl, and Quiet Riot. They have appeared in Aris’ Hometown Rock Music Search three times, and they performed at Fox Fest 2003, a yearly event including a veritable who’s who of classic and 80’s rock bands. Needless to say, their commitment to promoting their music is absolute.

Only Human is FLEDfive’s most mature work to date, darker and more ferocious than their earlier releases. However, Brian’s melodies are full of hooks, and his lyrics are more meaningful and thought provoking. The disc is already gaining record label attention, and the local buzz confirms the strength of the new songs. Their live show is tighter and more intense than ever, and they constantly evolve and reshape their act to better reach their listeners.

FLEDfive’s plans for the future are to continue as they have in the past, while always looking to improve their sound and widen their audience. The next (big) step for them is just around the corner…