Agent Steel – No Other Godz Before Me (2021)

Reviewed By Chris Hammond (Compact Disc copy)

Agent Steel – No Other Godz Before Me
Label: Dissonance
Style: Speed Metal

Band Members:
Johnny Cyriis
Nikolay Atanasov
Vinicius Carvalho
Shuichi Oni
Rasmus Kjær

Track List
01. Passage to Afron-V (2:15)
02. Crypts of Galactic Damnation (4:11)
03. No Other Godz (4:36)
04. Trespassers (4:00)
05. The Devil’s Greatest Trick (4:15)
06. Sonata Cosmica (4:31)
07. Veterans of Disaster (4:47)
08. Carousel of Vagrant Souls (3:25)
09. The Incident (3:05)
10. Outer Space Connection (3:02)
11. Entrance to Afron-V (2:26)
Total Runtime: 39 Minutes 13 seconds

This speed metal band started out in Los Angeles, California. Formed by vocalist John Cyriis with drummer Chuck Profus in the year 1984. Agent Steel only released two albums before folding in 1988. The band reformed (minus Vocalist John Cyriis) in 1998 and would go on to release three more full-length albums. 2011 would see Agent Steel once again disband only to return again in 2018. This time former vocalist Cyriis would lead the band with all new members (none of the previous members returned at this point).

After a two-year delay the new Agent Steel album “No Other Godz Before Me” is finally here. The new album feels as although someone froze the band and thawed them out to show the new generation how speed metal is supposed to be played. Cyriis’s high pitch vocals howl over top of the thunderous drum and bass lines while shattering guitar riffs steer the ship safely ahead. No Other Godz Before Me is an unrelenting tour de speed and this is a very good thing.

Although it’s been 30 years since Cyriis banshee’d his vocals on an official album release he still has the chops. Seriously if this album was matched up with the 1985’s Skeptics Apocalypse release one would be hard-pressed to notice a difference in the vocals (or sound for that matter).

The new band members are a thirsty group of musicians and evolve the kinetic speed of their predecessors. Some may say the new album sounds more thrash than speed, but neither will say it’s uninspired. To choose one song that stands out on No Other Godz Before Me, would do a disservice to the whole. This album does not have one weak song and is pure musical fuel. The only real thing that is a tad weak is the album’s cover art.

Agent Steel has returned to destroy your soul with sonic sounds. The album sounds so good it may even impregnate your ears and sully them towards any other speed metal bands. Like the album title says “No Other Godz Before Me” and Agent Steel has transcended to Godz status with this new release.

Available now on Digital, Digipak, and streaming sites
Agent Steel Website
You can now stream the entirety of the album on your preferred streaming platforms by visiting the following link: http://cherryred.co/NoOtherGodz.

Rating 4.9 out of 5



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