Is there ANYONE heavier than AGENT STEEL?!?! HELL to the NO!!! In my opinion this album could have been a single with “Agents of Steel” on one side and “Bleed For The Godz” on the other, and it would STILL be worth $20 or more. Even SLAYER wishes they could play this fast, heavy and CLEAN. Razor-sharp guitars, soaring vocals, intelligent lyrics…buy it already. KK (Rock Over America and CRYPT magazines)
2008 digitally remastered and expanded metal-foil digipak edition of the California Heavy Metal band’s album featuring bonus tracks. Originally released in 1985, this upgraded version of Skeptics Apocalypse includes two bonus tracks: ’The Ripper” (originally by Judas Priest) and ’The Unexpected’ (Live). Century Media.
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It’s hard to believe that this is what they sound like on their debut album. These guys are extremely fast and technical. To me John Cyriis sounds like a combination of mostly James Rivera of Helstar, with some Bruce Dickinson, and can even hit notes that remind me of King Diamond. Did I mention these guys are fast? They go at a blistering pace. Children of the Sun is probably my favorite. They sound the most like Iron Maiden on that one both musically and vocals. A lot of people don’t seem to think that his vocal style goes well with Thrash but I disagree. One thing in the product description is that they don’t mention the cover of Judas Priest’s The Ripper. I don’t know if its the best cover of that song I’ve heard but it’s really close. The production on Calling 98 for Skeptics and The Unexpected is kind of poor. Other than that a great cd. 4 1/2 stars really.
Shredding guitar licks, soaring vocals – This album is easily one of the best of its genre, along with Queensryche, Malmsteen, and Iron Maiden.