AGENT STEEL

Thrash Metal / Speed Metal • United States
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Agent Steel are a speed metal band from Los Angeles, California that was formed in 1984 by singer John Cyriis and drummer Chuck Profus. The band released two full length albums and one EP before ending in 1988. They were most notable for John Cyriis's high-pitched vocals, catchy songs, melodic riffs and fast tempos mixed in with their unusual (in heavy metal) UFO imagery. The band reformed in 1999 and has released three full length albums since.

History In 1983 a demo was released by a speed metal band named Sceptre which contained two future Agent Steel songs: Taken By Force and 144,000 Gone. The guitarist on this demo was John Camps who is believed to be John Cyriis, a founder of Agent Steel. Taken By Force also appeared on the Metal Massacre IV compilation from Metal Blade.

John Camps left Sceptre (which then disbanded) and went on to join
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AGENT STEEL Skeptics Apocalypse album cover 3.52 | 14 ratings
Skeptics Apocalypse
Speed Metal 1985
AGENT STEEL Unstoppable Force album cover 4.00 | 13 ratings
Unstoppable Force
Speed Metal 1987
AGENT STEEL Omega Conspiracy album cover 3.64 | 7 ratings
Omega Conspiracy
Thrash Metal 1999
AGENT STEEL Order of the Illuminati album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Order of the Illuminati
Thrash Metal 2003
AGENT STEEL Alienigma album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Alienigma
Thrash Metal 2007

AGENT STEEL EPs & splits

AGENT STEEL Mad Locust Rising album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Mad Locust Rising
Speed Metal 1986
AGENT STEEL Earth Under Lucifer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earth Under Lucifer
Thrash Metal 2003

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AGENT STEEL 144,000 Gone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
144,000 Gone
Speed Metal 1984
AGENT STEEL Second Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Second Demo
Speed Metal 1984
AGENT STEEL Agents of Steel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Agents of Steel
Thrash Metal 1998
AGENT STEEL Agents of Steel 1998 demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Agents of Steel 1998 demo
Thrash Metal 1998
AGENT STEEL Deny the Poison album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deny the Poison
Thrash Metal 1999

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US Speed Metal Attack
Speed Metal 1986
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Mad Locust Rising: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon June '87
Thrash Metal 1989
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Live at Dynamo Open Air
Thrash Metal 2005

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AGENT STEEL Unstoppable Force

Album · 1987 · Speed Metal
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An unfortunate case, as many have said before me: the music here is fantastic, but the vocals are very grating. The musicianship is prime Speed Metal, with fantastic, melodic riffs constantly assaulting you backed up by a very good rhythm section that combines speed and precision. Pretty much every song has a couple of worthy riffs that could be at home on any metal masterpiece of the 80’s.

It is no accident that the instrumental here is considered the best track, despite the music being on par the entire album. The vocalist is, not exactly bad, but… It just doesn’t work. When he’s singing more slowly and melodically, like in the acoustic into to Chosen to Stay, he actually does a good job, and has quite an impressive range. When he’s singing fast and more aggressively though, it all falls apart. It’s pitchy, grating, maybe off key, I can’t really tell since he’s changing notes so frequently. It just doesn’t work.

The lyrics are pretty standard sci-fi/fantasy fare, and follow the same themes as the first album. There are numerous nods to conspiracies and such, nothing really outstanding or even unique at the time. This is one of those albums that would just fair better as an instrumental piece, and would have improved significantly from a better vocalist.

AGENT STEEL Skeptics Apocalypse

Album · 1985 · Speed Metal
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Windhawk
Agent Steel is a US-based thrash/sped metal band with a long and quirky history. Skeptics Apocalypse is their début album, and it caused quite a stir when released in 1985.

Musically Agent Steel play some sort of speed metal or thrash metal. Fast paced, melodic riffing over simple and at times primitive rhythms, with fast paced melodic soloing in the middle and John Cyriis melodic wailing combined with aggressive sneers is what's on offer on this release. Speed is more important than complexity on most tracks here; and the melody lines are simple and quite straight forward. This limits the bands opportunities when writing songs, as there are few options to create variations here. The band tries to slow down a bit on a few songs, but at this point in time are unable to utilize the slower pace for much more than showing that they probably are quite familiar with NWoBHM in general, and Iron Maiden in particular. Which probably are among the bands greatest influences musically.

The songs on this release are varied. The limitations of the bands style and songwriting skills makes the short songs the most interesting on this release; as the songs ends before the melody patterns becomes repetitive and uninteresting. The pure energy and enthusiasm of the band also sees to it that these rather limited songs comes across as interesting rather than primitive; and ultimately results in a release worthwhile adding to your collection if speed metal or thrash metal is to your liking.

On newer releases of this album a couple of bonus tracks is added. None of these are any good though; but should be of interest to fans of this band.

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