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Agent Steel - Unstoppable Force (9,5/10) - USA - 1987

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Music For Nations
Playing time: 38:55
Band homepage: Agent Steel

Tracklist:

  1. Unstoppable Force
  2. Never Surrender
  3. Indestructive
  4. Chosen To Stay
  5. Still Searchin'
  6. Rager
  7. The Day At Guyana
  8. Nothin' Left
  9. Traveler
Agent Steel - Unstoppable Force
After the cult killer debut "Skeptics Apocalypse" AGENT STEEL provide us with an absolutely worthy successor. Already the opener and title song storms through your stereo at a hellish tempo. On "Never Surrender" the speed is reduced a bit, what does not take away from the intensity of the song at all, a killer! "Indestructive" is very hectic and progressive. A song that I haven't understood to this day - for me the weak point of the album…

Then it gets a lot more melodic as we had been used to from AGENT STEEL before. Songs like "Chosen To Stay" or "Still Searchin'" rather go into the CRIMSON GLORY direction, which is not the worst thing either, is it? "Rager" is a fat banger in a medium gallop! "The Day At Guyana" we already know off the "Mad Locust Rising" EP, where it had been shortly introduced. This instrumental is one of my faves in all of Metal besides "The Ides Of March" by IRON MAIDEN, "Moon" by SACRED BLADE and "Call Of Kthulu" by METALLICA!

"Nothin' Left" is pure US-Power Metal of the best and the closing "Traveler" does not seem from this world. A slightly different ballad with this goose bump inducing whisper in the beginning and one of the most gripping solos of all time!

Even though many think that AGENT STEEL had lost their speed here, I find this album very impressive. It is very varied and all parts of the heavy music are covered! Maybe the debut had been more cult because of songs like "Bleed For The Godz" or "144.000 Gone", but "Unstoppable Force" shows the MASTERS OF METAL more mature and the vocals of John Cyriis never had been better! (Online June 19, 2003)

Ralf Henn



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