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Agents Of The Sun
Monarchs Of A Fallen Society
Type: CD
Company: DCide Records
Release: 2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 10/3/2005
Pop-influenced set of songs
Agents Of The Sun - Monarchs Of A Fallen Society - 2005 - DCide Records

Track Listing
1. Wounds
2. Portrait Of A Serial Killer
3. Dreams
4. So Long
5. Therapy
6. Camoflage
7. Not Enough
8. Murder On The Yellow Brick Road
9. Genesis
10. Time Line For A Butterfly
11. It Always Rains After The 4th Of July
12. Sweet Ending
I'm not really sure where an album like this fits into the grand scheme of metal things. It certainly doesn't have enough power or energy to really be classified as a metal album. I simply include it here based on the addictive melody and hard rock attitude put on display with the group's second album to date "Monarchs Of A Fallen Society". This Baltimore group really create corporate rock, or what is known as commercial modern rock by the folks at Clear Channel. I would imagine this sort of record is really what radio play is looking for. It won't please many strict hard rock fans or leather neck metal militia, but for the most part the album contains enough melodic charm to at least warrant a play or two, and in this particular case gets pops for keeping the most sincere "rock" feel to a pop influenced set of songs.

With cuts like "Wounds" and "Not Enough" there is enough catchy riffs and twin guitar melody to make it all seem like light hearted AOR or streamlined heavy metal. Obviously the vocals and production is very thin and overly "clean", leaning more towards the same vibe given by groups like Lifehouse and 3 Doors Down. With those bands I always enjoyed the soaring melodies from both singer and guitarists. Here that sort of formula is at work again, through twelve solid cuts of modern rock. Will it please the diehards? Most certainly not, in fact it may push them too far. Will it entertain the rock audiences? I'm sure of it.

--EC 09.27.05
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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