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The Agonist

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Below is our complete The Agonist news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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White-Gluz Denies Trying "To Kill The Agonist"

Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz has issued a statement shooting down all allegations that she has been trying to prevent the release of the The Agonist's latest album. Vicky Psarakis, who replaced White-Gluz in The Agonist, stated in a recent interview that Alissa had been sabotaging her former band, telling: “I will say that she [Alissa White-Gluz] has been trying to kill this band ever since she was fired.”

In a statement published via former Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow‘s Kult Management, White-Gluz has now denyied the allegations. Tells Alissa White-Gluz of her ex-band: More...

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The Agonist Premiere New Track “As One We Survive”

“As One We Survive” off of The Agonist‘s new record “Orphans” has premiered online streaming via YouTube below. The full-length itself is scheduled for a September 20th release via Rodeostar/Napalm.


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The Agonist’s Singer Blames Ex-Singer For CD-Delay

The Agonist’s singer Vicky Psarakis recently told Rock Confidential speaking of the difficulties the band had with their impending album “Orphans“ (due out now on September 20 via Rodeostar Records):

"Basically, the main thing is that we didn't have a label at the time. And that is for reasons aside from the music. A lot of things happen that I personally don't deal with at all. I don't even wanna deal with it. I'm just here to write music and sing. Some people out there didn't want us to release this album and we just kept really, really pushing and pushing and we almost considered just releasing it on our own — which isn't a smart business decision. But we were, I think after six months, we were frustrated and sitting on this album that's so good and we couldn't do anything about it. And then finally, Napalm reached out to us and proposed to release it under a sub-label of theirs called Rodeostar. And as far as we're concerned, we're using all the same resources from Napalm — the same team of people, same social media outlets. So we were, like, 'Okay, let's do it.'"

Pressed about who didn’t want the band to release the album, Vicky went more into detail telling: More...

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The Agonist Premiere New Single “Burn It All Down”

With the September 20th release date of The Agonist‘s upcoming new record “Orphans” just less than two months away, the group premiere another new track called “Burn It All Down“ from it streaming via YouTube for you below:

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The Agonist Premiere New Music Video

An official music video for the The Agonist‘s new track “In Vertigo” has premiered online following last night’s audio premiere. The single is the first to be land from the band’s new effort, “Orphans“, which is scheduled for a September 20th release through Napalm Records/Rodeostar Records.

Comments frontwoman Vicky Psarakis on what to expect with the record: More...

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The Agonist Premiere New Song "In Vertigo"

A September 20th release date has been scheduled for The Agonist‘s new record, “Orphans“. The opening track “In Vertigo” has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below.

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The Agonist To Start Recording New Album

The Agonist are back in the studio for their sixth full-length effort. Tracking sessions for the drums are to kickoff this Friday, June 01st, with further details yet to be announced.


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The Agonist Kicking Off Headline Tour

Tonight, The Agonist returns to the road on the band's first ever headline tour of Canada. The tour starts August 4th in Montreal, QC and runs through August 29th in Regina, SK. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Guitarist Danny Marino is looking forward to tearing across Canada: "We're pumped and ready for our first ever cross Canada tour! We're excited to play some places we've never been and give full headline shows to some places we've only been as support. We've prepared a varied set that spans our 5 records to date. Looking forward to seeing all you fellow Canadians out there!"

The Agonist is touring in support o Napalm Records debut "Five" and the band recently released a video for "The Raven Eye."

08/04/17 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
08/05/17 Toronto, ON The Rockpile
08/06/17 Kingston, ON @ Overtime Sports Bar
08/10/17 Rimouski, QC @ Bar Le Match
08/11/17 Moncton, NB @ Le Coude
08/12/17 Halifax, NS @ Gus Pub
08/14/17 Jonquiere, QC @ Salle le 4 Barils
08/15/17 Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti Bar & Spectacles
08/16/17 Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Rock cafe le Stage
08/17/17 Gatineau, QC @ Minotaure
08/18/17 Rouyn, QC @ Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
08/20/17 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
08/22/17 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern
08/23/17 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
08/24/17 Prince George, BC @ Generator Cabaret
08/25/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
08/26/17 Kamloops, BC @ The Dirty Jersey
08/28/17 Calgary, AB @ Palamino
08/29/17 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
08/30/17 Winnipeg, MB The Park Theatre More...

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The Agonist Posts New Video

As The Agonist gets ready to hit the road, the band just released a video for "The Raven Eyes," taken from Napalm Records debut album "Five," which was released late last year.

Guitarist Danny Marino comments: "Writing this was a departure for Vicky and I but it may have been one of the most rewarding as songwriters. It allowed us to explore sounds and emotions we've always wanted to but could never quite get to in a metal setting.

"Also, working with Igor Khoroshev (Yes) really helped bring out the full depth of Vicky's piano and string arrangements. The lyrics were originally inspired by stories of the renaissance plague doctors. FTB Visuals was able to take these themes and create a modern world storyline with an equally dark overtone that captured the painful emotions in the song."

The band is currently preparing for a headline Canadian tour starting August 4th in Montreal, QC and running through August 29th in Regina, SK. A complete list of dates can be found after the video. More...

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The Agonist Announces Canadian Headline Tour

Canadian metal act The Agonist is set to return to the road in its native land this August. The band is on tour in support of the latest release and Napalm Records debut "Five," which was released late last year.

This is will be the first ever full headlining Canadian tour and the band cannot wait to devastate the nation with a spectacularly brutal live show.

"In almost 10 years of touring The Agonist has yet to plot a full Canadian tour. We get asked all the time by fans and this year we said it's about time eh! Although we have played most Canadian cities at one point or another it was always sporadic and often as a support. We're really happy to finally give a proper headline show to all our Canadian brothers and sisters across the country," says the band.

The tour starts August 4th in Montreal, QC and runs through August 29th in Regina, SK. A complete list of dates can be found below: More...

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DevilDriver Kicking Off North American Tour

DevilDriver today kicks off the "Bound By The Road" North American tour, featuring support from Death Angel, Winds Of Plague, The Agonist and Azreal. Dates and venues for the trek are as follows:

2/8 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
2/9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
2/10 - San Jose, CA @ The Ritz - San Jose
2/12 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
2/14 - Chicago, IL @ Portage Theater
2/15 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/16 - Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
2/17 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/18 - Reading, PA @ Reverb - w/ Hed PE, Death Angel, Motograter & The Agonist
2/19 - Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium
2/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
2/21 - Dayton, OH @ Oddbody's
2/23 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
2/24 - Mcallen, TX @ Sofie's Saloon
2/25 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
2/26 - Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
2/28 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
3/1 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
3/3 - San Francisco. CA @ The Regency Ballroom - no Winds of Plague
3/4 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre - no Winds of Plague
3/5 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven - no Winds of Plague More...

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The Agonist Covers "Take Me To Church"

The Agonist released latest album and Napalm Records debut "Five" this past September. The record features The Agonist's own special take on the chart topping Hozier single "Take Me To Church" and today the band is pleased to present a video for that song.

Guitarist Danny Marino comments: "It was fun to record a cover of a song that is so different from our material. Even though it is not metal at all, the song itself is very dark and meaningful. That's why we felt it could be really interesting as a more upbeat Agonist song. I'm happy that we were able to keep some elements while drastically altering others. We're also really pumped to be getting back out on the road in February with DevilDriver, Death Angel and Winds of Plague."

The Agonist returns to the road this February, starting February 8th in Santa Ana, CA and running through March 5th in Seattle, WA. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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Devildriver Announces North American Tour

SoCal groove metal outfit Devildriver will headline a 19+ date North American tour, dubbed the "Bound By The Road" tour, beginning February 8th, 2017 in Santa Ana, CA. The tour will feature support from special guests Death Angel, Winds Of Plague, The Agonist, and Azreal.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, December 16 at 10:00am local time. Check your local venues for ticketing information.

Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara states, "Devildriver is heading out on our first headline run in over three years with a killer set list and full production, AND we are bringing some heavy bad ass bands along with us! Get your tickets early and come out with some friends, 'cause this tour is going to be a monster banger!" More...

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The Agonist Posts New Lyric Video

The Agonist released latest album and Napalm Records debut "Five" this past September. As the band prepares to head out on the first North American tour in support of "Five," today The Agonist drops a lyric video for the song "The Man Who Fell To Earth." Guitarist Danny Marino says of the video:

"When the news broke this year of David Bowie's death it hit me pretty hard. Especially because of how his last album 'Blackstar' turned into more than just a new record but a swan song of an artist still breaking boundaries even today. I had an instrumental that I knew was outside the box for The Agonist and felt I could make this a Bowie dedication.

"I used a lyric writing method called 'cut-ups' that I had heard Bowie himself used. It is when you find books or magazines surrounding the topic you are writing about and cut out individual words, and rearrange them until it starts to form a story. I used album reviews of his last album that were written before it was known he was dying. In the end the result comes out as a eulogy to be read at his funeral. I'm really happy with the dark vibe we achieved in studio with this one."

The Agonist's tour begins this Friday November 4th in Quebec City, QC and runs through December 3rd in Worcester, MA. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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The Agonist Posts "The Hunt" Video

The Agonist will release new album and Napalm records debut "Five" this Friday, September 30th. Today the band has released a second official video from the album, this time for "The Hunt." Guitarist Danny Marino comments:

"When Chris told us he had a really cool location to shoot 'The Hunt' video even he didn't think it would be that epic. We got a lot of help from mother nature: fierce winds, rain, and unexpected freezing temperature at 6 am.

"It was not the most comfortable shoot but in the end it was all worth the chaos it created. It was shot in an abandoned cold war military station and we made full use of that epic helipad overlooking the mountains."

1. The Moment
2. The Chain
3. The Anchor And The Sail
4. The Game
5. The Ocean
6. The Hunt
7. The Raven Eyes
8. The Wake
9. The Resurrection
10. The Villain
11. The Pursuit Of Emptiness
12. The Man Who Fell To Earth
13. The Trial
14. Take Me To Church (Hozier cover) (Bonus Edition Only) More...

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The Agonist Releases New Music Video

The Agonist today releases a brand new video for "The Moment," which can be seen below. Vocalist Vicky Psarakis comments:

"'The Moment' was probably the most exciting and demanding video I had to shoot so far. Chris (bassist / FTB Visuals director) came up to me with the idea to create a 'storyline' with a close up of just my face singing the lyrics underwater. And we achieved it by building a box with a plexiglass panel that fit my head, while the rest of my body was standing and perfectly dry.

"I guess you could say it was scary and awkward to have just your head submerged underwater and a bit dangerous to have to perform the entire song in that position, but honestly, I wouldn't mind doing the whole thing all over again!"

The Agonist is set to release upcoming new album and Napalm Records debut "Five" on September 30th, 2016.

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The Agonist Posts New Lyric Video

The Agonist is set to release new album and Napalm Records debut "Five" on September 30th. Today new single "The Chain" also comes online - check out a lyric video below.

Pre-orders for "Five" are now online here. Guitarist Danny Marino also comments on the impending album release:

"We are so anxious to release this record to our fans and the rest of the world! This album represents another shift in the evolution of The Agonist! Vicky and I went even deeper into what makes a song really connect. I'm very proud of everyone's hard work making this the most diverse and interesting record for us to date! It was a great learning experience working with Mike Plotnikoff and fully immersing ourselves in the recording process 24/7. Just as much as we are excited to release this album we are psyched to get back out on the road and connect directly with our fans! Europe gets the first taste before we unleash on North America this November with Epica."

Vocalist Vicky Psarkis adds, "Being in The Agonist for over 2 years now and after releasing my debut album with the band and numerous tours, I can say that Five is the record where I believe that we finally found our sound! There's a certain confidence that comes with experience and there's something about being fully comfortable that can take your approach towards songwriting to a whole other level. Working on the lyrics and vocals on this album was an incredibly natural process. Halfway into the pre-production, we realized that a lot of our songs seemed to be telling a story and hearing the album in its entirety is like escaping into our world."

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Moment
2. The Chain
3. The Anchor and The Sail
4. The Game
5. The Ocean
6. The Hunt
7. The Raven Eyes
8. The Wake
9. The Resurrection
10. The Villain
11. The Pursuit of Emptiness
12. The Man Who Fell to Earth
13. The Trial
14. Take Me to Church (Hozier cover) (Bonus Edition Only) More...

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The Agonist Posts Teaser For New Album

Canada's The Agonist is hard at work in completing the follow up to the 2015 album "Eye of Providence." The album will mark the debut for new label Napalm Records, which signed the band back in early May.

The clip does not feature any title or release date information on the new album, which is expected shortly. Check out the clip here:

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The Agonist Announces Tour With Epica

Recent Napalm Records signees The Agonist will be hitting the road this fall in North America alongside Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Additionally for the first three shows, label-mates Xandria will share the bill. On November 8th Napalm outfit Arkona will join the tour in place of Xandria for the duration of the tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The Agonist is also currently hard at work on a Napalm Records debut album, due later this year with full details still to come. More...

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The Agonist Inks Deal With Napalm Records

Montreal's The Agonist announce that the band has signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records.

Guitarist Danny Marino commented on signing with Napalm Records: "We are thrilled to start the next chapter of The Agonist with Napalm Records! Since recording 'Eye of Providence' we have been exploding with creativity and are set to record our best record to date. We've been working non-stop on the material on and off the road and now after four albums we have really found ourselves. Vicky and I seem to operate on a hive mind where we know exactly what the other is going for in the writing before it happens. It can actually be freaky sometimes. We are also very excited to be recording this album with Mike Plotnikoff. His experience and input will really help take our sound to a new level."

Napalm Records A&R Demetri Benoist said about the signing of The Agonist: "We are very excited to be working with The Agonist, this is a new chapter. The Agonist are poised to take it to the next level. Getting them in the studio to work with Mike Plotnikoff was a no brainer. Mike is going to push the envelope and help bring out their best. Napalm Records is committed to making the new album their most successful."

The band is currently in the studio with producer Mike Plotnikoff to record their new album shortly. Plotnikoff produced, engineered, and mixed Buckcherry's very successful "15" record, Otep, Like A Storm, Escape the Fate, Halestorm, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, 3 Doors Down, Black Stone Cherry, Fear Factory, Flyleaf, Skillet. P.O.D. and Like A Storm. More...

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