AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Skeptics Apocalypse" is the first official album by the American Speed/Power metal band "Agent Steel", it was recorded "somewhere in Los Angeles" (as it is mentioned on the album cover). This album "AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse" includes the original custom made inner sleeve (OIS) with album production details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

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Collector's notes ( detailed background information on the persons working on this album)

Originally the "Skeptics Apocalypse" was released on vinyl LP during 1985. Originally released on the record label Combat with catalognr "Combat MX 8029", Banzai Records BRC 1956 and RoadrunneR Records RR 9759.

"Skeptics Apocalypse" has been re-released several times since 2010, but not by the original companies: Combat, Banzai or RoadrunneR.

Album Fact Sheet: AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse

Music Genre:

 Power/Speed Metal 

Album Production Information:


The album: "AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse" was produced by: Jay Jones

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Dean "Goatie" Davis

Dean Davis a sound engineer working together with "Karat Fave" on the albums "Bloodlust - Guilty as Sin" and "Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!"

This album was recorded December 1984 - February 1985 , Somewhere in Los Angeles

Mastered by Tom Coyne at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs

Live photos: Vickie Miellie and Teresa Trebotic

Tom Coyne is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and respected mastering engineers in the music industry. With his exceptional talent, meticulous attention to detail, and a career spanning several decades, Coyne has played an instrumental role in shaping the sound of countless iconic albums.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Tom Coyne developed a passion for music at an early age. He was captivated by the sonic nuances of records and the transformative power of the mastering process. Eager to pursue his dreams, Coyne embarked on a journey to acquire the technical skills and knowledge necessary to become a mastering engineer.

Coyne's career began in the late 1970s when he joined the legendary Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs in New York City. Under the guidance of experienced engineers, he honed his craft and gained a deep understanding of the intricacies of audio mastering. His exceptional ear for detail and innate musicality quickly set him apart, earning him a reputation for delivering exceptional sonic quality.

In the 1980s, Coyne's career soared as he collaborated with a wide range of artists across various genres. He worked with renowned acts such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Miles Davis, among many others. His expertise in shaping the overall sound and balance of albums became sought after by both emerging artists and established superstars.


As the music industry evolved and entered the digital age, Coyne adapted to the advancements in technology without compromising his commitment to excellence. He embraced digital mastering tools while staying true to his analog roots, ensuring that his work retained its signature warmth and clarity. This adaptability and dedication to quality made him a trusted collaborator for artists and record labels alike.

Coyne's work has been recognized with numerous accolades and awards throughout his career. He has received multiple Grammy nominations and has been involved in Grammy-winning projects, solidifying his status as a mastering engineer of exceptional talent and expertise. Additionally, his contributions to the industry have been acknowledged by organizations such as the TEC Awards and the Recording Academy.

Beyond his mastering work, Coyne is known for his mentorship and willingness to share his knowledge with aspiring engineers. He has lectured at universities, participated in industry conferences, and mentored emerging talents, helping to shape the next generation of mastering engineers.


Record Label Information:

 RoadrunneR – RR 9759

Record Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1985 Made in Holland
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Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • John Cyriis - Vocals
  • Juan Garcia - Guitar
  • Kurt Colfelt - Guitar
  • George Robb - Bass
  • Chuck Profus - Drums

Collector notes:

John Cyriis is together with Chuck Profus the founding members of the "Agent Steel" band.

In the bands: "Black Reign" and "Lemegeton" , "John Cyriis" was using the pseudo: "Max Kobol".

John Cyriis used the pseudo "Father Damien" while singing in the "Pontius Prophet" band.

In the bands "Pontius Prophet" and "Black Reign" he continued to perform with his mate from "Agent Steel" Chuck Profus.

The real name of Chuck Profus is Charles Profus.

Chuck Profus started his career playing drums with Agent Steel and worked with Agent Steel from 1984 till 1988. After leaving Agent Steel he played in bands like Pontius Prophet, Black Reign, Sanctuary, The MOFO Homeboys.

In the bands "Pontius Prophet" and "Black Reign" he continued to perform with his mate from "Agent Steel" John Cyriis.

George Robb is from Philadelphia and joined "Agent Steel" in 1984, after his departure he went on to form the "L.S.N." and "Detente" bands.

Juan Garcia, has played guitars in several Heavy Metal bands, including: Abattoir, Agent Steel, Evildead and others.

Complete Track-listing of the album "AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse"

The detailed tracklist of this record "AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. (The Calling) 0:47
  2. Agents Of Steel
  3. Taken By Force
  4. Evil Eye / Evil Minds
  5. Bleed For The Godz
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Children Of The Sun
  2. 144,000 Gone
  3. Guilty As Charged
  4. Back To Reign


Agent Steel is a Los Angeles-based heavy metal band that formed in 1984. The band is renowned for their unique style that combines elements of thrash metal, speed metal, and science fiction-themed lyrics. Their music is characterized by fast and intricate guitar riffs, thundering drums, and soaring vocals that evoke a sense of power and intensity.

The band was formed by guitarist John Cyriis, who is considered to be the driving force behind Agent Steel's sound and vision. Cyriis' vision was to create a sound that was fast, aggressive, and innovative, while also incorporating elements of science fiction into their lyrics. This combination of high-speed metal and imaginative storytelling set Agent Steel apart from their contemporaries and helped them to build a dedicated following of fans.

One of the most notable aspects of Agent Steel's music is their incorporation of science fiction themes into their lyrics. Their songs often depict epic battles between good and evil, intergalactic wars, and the struggle for survival against hostile alien forces. These themes, combined with the band's powerful musical delivery, create an immersive experience for listeners that draws them into the world of the song.

Agent Steel's first full-length album, "Skeptics Apocalypse," was released in 1985 and received widespread critical acclaim. The album featured fast and aggressive thrash metal tracks, as well as more melodic and atmospheric songs that showcased the band's versatility and musicianship. The album's standout tracks, such as "Mad Locust Rising" and "Agents of Steel," have become fan favorites and remain popular to this day.

In the years that followed, Agent Steel continued to release critically acclaimed albums, including "Unstoppable Force" (1987) and "Mad Locust Rising" (1988). These albums further solidified the band's reputation as one of the leading lights of the heavy metal scene, and their music continues to inspire new generations of metal fans to this day.

Despite their popularity and success, Agent Steel faced numerous challenges over the years. The band experienced numerous lineup changes and personnel difficulties, which often resulted in long periods of inactivity. Despite these setbacks, Agent Steel has remained active and continues to tour and record new music to this day.

In conclusion, Agent Steel is a heavy metal band that has left a lasting impact on the world of metal music. Their unique style, blending fast and aggressive metal with science fiction-themed lyrics, has earned them a dedicated following of fans and critical acclaim. Their music continues to inspire and captivate listeners, and their legacy as one of the pioneering bands of the heavy metal genre remains unchallenged.

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