Quality release from these veterans of progressive-power thrash
US metal stalwarts Agent Steel are thankfully hanging on through the work ethics of guitarists Versailles and Garcia. Singer Bruce Hall joined the group in the 90s and appears on the group’s last effort, ‘Omega Conspiracy’, from 1999, as well as this. ‘Order of the Illuminati’ is still firmly entrenched in the band’s technical power metal prowess, albeit waning these days from lack of originality. Thankfully the band hasn’t diluted the waters with a ton of albums, making each of their efforts warmly received. “Enslaved” and “Human Bullet” displays those galloping guitars and Hall’s Tate interpretation, both cementing an album that is pretty darn consistent throughout. I like the mix, all tied together with the highest treble on the strings, as well as the band’s progressive arrangement of “Insurrection”.