|Review: Agent Metal - Three Words|
Year released: 2004
Originally released in: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 25, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
I first came across France's Agent Metal some 3-4 years ago, at which time I found out that all their releases were available for free download on their web site (they still are as I write these lines.) This EP was first released in 2002, and all four songs have been reworked. Missing from the 2002 version is a cover of Agent Steel's "Taken By Force".
My first impression upon hearing Three Words is that this was some serious Manowar worship. All four songs are a little "metal anthemic" on the side, the kind of songs that get the crowd excited during a live show - not so much headbanging as sing-along, fist in the air, foot-tapping, well, you get the picture. This is essentially catchy, more or less commercial Heavy Metal - think Manowar meets Iron Maiden, with a hint of Power Metal à la Gamma Ray - an influence felt more on at least one of their full length albums. The vocals are particularly closer to Power Metal. I found that these took some getting used to, since the singer is not exactly the best of the genre. The accent sometimes remind me of Italian singers, and he does on occasion try to sing past his range, and that hurts a little. But overall he's decent and gets the job done, and the vocal melodies are often so sing-along inducing that one can make abstraction of the shortcomings once the "frenzy" catches on. This has all the ingredients of mid-80s Heavy Metal - catchy vocal lines, heavy, sharp guitar riffs and of course the abundance of solos that drove the anti-metal crowd nuts. Three Words won't make metal history, but it is a decent little EP filled with catchy, old school Heavy Metal meets modern Power metal anthems that have no other pretense than to bring some life to the party.
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