Californian metal veterans AGENT STEEL have issued the following update:
"Due to unfortunate events, vocalist John Cyriis will not be able to appear with AGENT STEEL at the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise that sails [on January 24] from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico. [and returns four days later]. The band contemplated canceling, but good friends James Rivera from HELSTAR, and Rick Mythiasin (STEEL PROPHET) will lend their extraordinary vocal talents and appear with the rest of the band members as a special 'Masters Of Metal' set that will include a variety of the AGENT STEEL catalog.
"This is a great event for the fans to celebrate in the spirit of heavy metal on the open seas.
"We are grateful for James Rivera and Rick Mythiasin to step in on such short notice.
"Mr. Cyriis has given his blessings for AGENT STEEL to get on stage, and look out to the ocean, and kick some ass!"
AGENT STEEL is still scheduled to perform the rest of this year's European festivals with Cyriis handling lead vocals.
The new lineup of AGENT STEEL — featuring John Cyriis — made its live debut at the "Thrash Domination 2010" event on September 18-19, 2010 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan. Video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
AGENT STEEL is currently rehearsing its classic material as well as working on new songs for future release. One of the tracks that Cyriis has been writing lyrics to has a working title of "Behold...The Great Race".
Cyriis appeared on AGENT STEEL's first three releases — "Skeptics Apocalypse" (1985), "Mad Locust Rising" (1985) and "Unstoppable Force" (1987).
AGENT STEEL's fifth album, "Alienigma", was issued by Mascot Records on August 31, 2007.
AGENT STEEL 2011 is:
John Cyriis - Vocals
Juan Garcia - Guitar
Bernie Versailles - Guitar
Robert Cardenas - Bass
Rigo Amezcua - Drums
The first photo of the new AGENT STEEL lineup can be viewed below. The picture was taken by Alex Solca on July 23, 2010.