Agent Steel
Skeptics Apocalypse


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2013 | 58 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These agents know how to fuckin' thrash.

With so many exceptional thrash bands emerging out of the 80’s it can be quite easy to overlook some of the talent. However, few bands in the genre were able to release a debut as relentless as Agent Steel did with Skeptics Apocalypse. Combining influences of speed metal and thrash, their debut has no shortage of high-pitched screams or jaw-dropping solos.

The album’s only real fault is that not all the songs live up to the first few tracks. This isn’t surprising, however, as the opening tracks are top-notch and truly set the bar high for the rest of the album. To set the tone for the listener things start out with some science-fiction based dialogue before the riffs come bursting out of the gates. Vocalist John Cyriis is highly impressive but his performance is perhaps better than ever on ‘Agents of Steel’ and the following track. He hits all the high notes perfectly and even sounds eerily similar to King Diamond at times, especially on ‘Taken By Force.’ However, it’s his ability to flawlessly combine some evil raspy growls in with his usual screams that takes this album to the next level. A perfect example of this would be the furious ’Evil Eye/Evil Minds’ which is sure to even please fans of black metal with some of Cyriis’ hoarsest, most satanic vocals on the album. His varied vocal performance along with blistering solos and heavy riffs manage to keep the momentum going for the rest of the album. It riffs unapologetically from track to track with ease and the drummer does his best to keep up with the pace.

Whether you prefer to call it speed metal or thrash, there’s no denying that listening to Agent Steel is an exhilarating experience. From the ridiculously fast-paced guitars to the unforgiving vocal performance, Skeptics Apocalypse is one of the better albums the genre has to offer. The lyrics about alien conspiracies and the subtle melodies are just the icing on the cake. Then again, maybe they were abducted by aliens because these agents know how to ***ing thrash with the best of them and their debut is certainly not of this world.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


19798 Comments


just a short review for an album that really needed it.

here's the full stream for anybody who wants to check it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS9k560FuF8

Digging: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail

pissbore
March 22nd 2013


9935 Comments


o wow finally this got reviewed hard instapos instapos hard

pissbore
March 22nd 2013


9935 Comments


AGENTS OF
STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAA

pissbore
March 22nd 2013


9935 Comments


good review but i would say talk about the riffs more i mean god damn the fuckin riffs riff hard dude

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


19798 Comments


thanks man. yeah it riffz hard i'm not exactly sure how to describe that in more detail though lol

pissbore
March 22nd 2013


9935 Comments


this is gettin added to the list of daily bumps im pumped

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


19798 Comments


I'm down with that this band needs more attention. I'm gonna add another sentence or two about the riffs and the drums ;)

pissbore
March 22nd 2013


9935 Comments


sweet i still need to listen to unstoppable force

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


19798 Comments


you haven't heard it? a lot of people like it more but i think they're about the same.

Passname
March 22nd 2013


301 Comments


This is better than unstoppable force. This is classic.

cagedescending
March 22nd 2013


4124 Comments


pos 4 riffz

gna listen to this soon

NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4519 Comments


this is great, great review as always Atari.

ViperAces
March 22nd 2013


12439 Comments


wooh i love this album nice pick atari
evil eye evil minds = leave no cross unturned

BlackLlama
March 22nd 2013


1672 Comments


Auto-Pos for reviewing Agents of Steel :D

Had this on cassette back in the day....

ViperAces
March 22nd 2013


12439 Comments


oh yea posd hard

VsIsBetter
March 22nd 2013


58 Comments


utter shit

facupm
March 22nd 2013


7785 Comments


the album title shoulbe fixed it reads Skepticsc ApocOlyps

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


19798 Comments


Thanks to those who pos'd

@facupm, are u sure you're not seeing things? Lol


evilford
March 22nd 2013


22672 Comments


nice review, pos'd, need to hear this

Digging: Burial (NL) - Relinquished Souls

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


19798 Comments


Thanks Ford yeah you'd prolly really dig this

@Fac, oh I see what you're talking about now but whoever added the album to the database spelled apocalypse wrong I'll try and get it fixed



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