Reformed ’80s metallers AGENT STEEL, featuring original vocalist John Cyriis, performed an abbreviated, 30-minute set on Friday, April 26 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
According to an Instagram post by Underground Empire, AGENT STEEL‘s performance started later than originally scheduled “because of a traffic jam.” The band was slated to play for a full hour.
Earlier today, AGENT STEEL posted a photo of last night’s show, along with the caption: “Germany truly was a phenomenon, but only the very beginning…” This caused several fans to respond in disgust, with one writing: “A phenomenon? Your performance at Keep It True was so bad that the show tomorrow was canceled by the venue. Congratulations for ruining the name of Agent Steel…” Another fan chimed in: “How can you write such fake informations? I really hope it was a wrong night because if this is your average show, I think there’s something wrong.” In the same thread, three other fans complained about the apparent cancelation of AGENT STEEL‘s previously announced concerts in the Netherlands.
Earlier this year, Cyriis and his new bandmates announced that they were working on a new album, titled “8 Lights Protocol”, tentatively due before the end of the year.
AGENT STEEL is a speed metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1984. They released two classic full-length albums and one EP with Cyriis on vocals — “Skeptics Apocalypse” (1985), “Mad Locust Rising” EP (1985) and “Unstoppable Force” (1987) — before disbanding in 1988. Cyriis‘s high-pitched vocals and lyrical topics of UFOs, alien abductions and differential anthropology were unique signature trademarks not often heard in heavy metal songwriting at the time.
AGENT STEEL later reformed in 1999 without Cyriis but diehard underground metal fans have been holding out hopes for a reunion ever since his departure.
Cyriis returned to the group in 2010 after a 23-year absence and performed at the Thrash Domination festival in Tokyo. The singer’s appearance with AGENT STEEL at Keep It True festival in Germany in April 2011 was canceled. Instead, the rest of the bandmembers performed under the moniker MASTERS OF METAL with replacement singer Rick Mythiasin (STEEL PROPHET). The band played with Cyriis fronting the band again at the 2011 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival.