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Agentz - 1987 Stick To Your Guns

ARTIST: Agentz
ALBUM: Stick To Your Guns
LABEL: Dream
SERIAL: DRE 18 364
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2006, Brannick Records, BR001


LINEUP: Patrick Dubs - vocals * Jason Sabo - guitars * Jose Ferro - bass * Tommy Tindall - keyboards * John Cappadonna - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stick To Your Guns * 02 Don't Tread On Me * 03 Time Will Tell * 04 Take A Chance On Love * 05 Bite The Bullet * 06 Fire In The Heart * 07 When The Axe Falls * 08 Waiting In Vain


A thoroughly enjoyable album this one. It's got a bit of everything for the discerning melodic rock fan. Big keyboards, cutting guitars, a load of harmonies, spacious production, and an attitude that smells of the 80's LA metal scene, though I have no idea whereabouts they come from. Guitar-wise think Icon's 'Night Of The Crime'. As for keyboards, this band operate in the territory previously occupied by the likes of Prophet, Tradia, Shotgun Symphony and Sing Sing. For an independent release, 'Stick To Your Guns' is pretty classy, and much kudos must go to the pairing of Patrick Dubs and Jose Ferro who produced this effort.

The Songs
Though we don't get a lot on quantity with only 8 tracks (that is if you are used to 12 or 13 track CD's nowadays), all of them make for essential listening. Listening time is about 33 minutes worth, but it's a half hour well and truly spent. Starting out with the title track 'Stick To Your Guns', the song is complimented with some prowling guitar riffs and spirited keyboard bursts. 'Don't Tread On Me' retains the musical air of drama throughout, the chorus and vocal harmonies a stand-out. It's AOR City with 'Time Will Tell', the stabbing keyboards and Prophet like melodies a reminder that we are definitely in 1987! 'Bite The Bullet' is an often dramatic affair laced in an undercurrent of blanketed keyboards. From the wistful keyboard introduction complete with wind storms, helicopter effects - it is AOR as we best remember it. The guitar solo from Sabo brings back reminders of Brad Gillis in his early Night Ranger days.. the dive bombing technique a pleasure to hear again. 'When The Axe Falls' as the song title suggests, is slightly heavy-handed, though the keyboards are ever-present. So too is 'Waiting In Vain' - the album finishing on an upward note.

In Summary
The album was released on CD in 1993 though I understand it was a poorly recorded affair. Hopefully someone will have enough sense to track one of these boys down, and locate where the Masters are, and hopefully take it from there. This album deserves to be better known among the faithful, it is very good. Track it down however and wherever possible.

Footnote: The album/CD is now available through CD Baby as at August 2006. What are you waiting for!!

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#1 | englandashes on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Notice today that this is on cdbaby, my copy is on its way!
#2 | 394 on June 02 2006 23:01:10
Due to many requests for this album to re-released on CD, I have decided to have the album digitally re-mastered. It will be released on BRANNICK RECORDS in the U.S. with a target date of July 1st 2006. For more information please contact me at Jose Ferro AGENTZ
#3 | gdazegod on June 03 2006 00:59:37
Very cool. Thanks for letting us in on the detail Jose.. George
#4 | swazi on November 06 2011 22:20:41
Unfortunately this one totally slipped my attention. Sad Now the reissue is sold for $69 by Brannick Records. Too much!
#5 | super80boy on February 13 2014 18:59:14
Finally was able to track down the original vinyl and CD reissue. I can definitely hear the similarities to ICON. For only 33 minutes, this rare private pressing packs a punch with emotive keyboard driven melodic hard rock. These are the scarce great underground albums that keep collectors collecting!
#6 | jeffrey343 on February 17 2014 00:50:59
I've listened to this a handful of times on Rhapsody. It's not bad, but the vocals don't quite work for me.

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