Reviewed: March, 2021
Released: 2021, Dissonance Productions
I can not wait for someone to write the book of the Agent Steel story. The career of the storied band has had more than it’s fair share of drama. Despite this the band, even in name only, surges on.
Agent Steel is back and the latest chapter begins with their new album NO OTHER GODZ BEFORE ME. Since ALIENIGMA back in 2007, there has been a 100% line-up change, most notably the return of original vocalist, Jon Cyriis. John has not recorded with the band since the late 80’s and apparently owns the rights to the band name, now 30 years later has returned with an all-new line-up.
Let’s set aside the history and trivia, close out eyes and just pretend this is a brand new band, with no history, no reputation and no baggage. Would NO OTHER GODZ BEFORE ME still be a great band and album? 100% yes.
The album art is a little uninspired but it sort of fits the ‘mysterious lights in the sky’ concept well. The new guys in the band are all top notch, they sound hungry. One element that I’m very pleased is the speed is back. All the Agent Steel albums are good but there hasn’t been this frantic, hyper-kinetic energy for many years. It is a compact album, 41 minutes, eleven songs that burn and rage.
The album starts with the usual creepy spoken-word type intro that sets the stage and we are off to the races… and of course there is…the voice. I was curious what Cyriis would sound like all these years later. His voice is indestructible. He hits some great notes, it is so good to hear him again in full-flight. The lines of Speed Metal and Thrash Metal blur into the vortex and the band has certainly returned to a sound more akin to the first few albums.
Agent Steel is back from galactic exile, ready to re-conquer planet Earth and this is the soundtrack to our destruction.
1. Passage to Afron-V
2. Crypts of Galactic Damnation
3. No Other Godz
5. The Devil’s Greatest Trick
6. Sonata Cósmica
7. Veterans of Disaster
8. Carousel of Vagrant Souls
9. The Incident
10. Outer Space Connection
11. Entrance to Afron-V