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The Agonist

From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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The Agonist Posts Fourth Studio Report On New LP

Canada's The Agonist posted a fourth studio update for the upcoming new release "Eye Of Providence." The album is set to drop on November 11th in North America and on November 10th in Europe/Australia/New Zealand via Century Media Records.

Check out the latest update here:

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The Agonist Posts Third Video Studio Report

Canadian metal act The Agonist posted a third studio update on the upcoming new release "Eye Of Providence." The album is set to drop on November 11th in North America and on November 10th in Europe/Australia/New Zealand via Century Media Records.

"Eye Of Providence" will mark the first album for new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who replaced Alissa White-Gluz, who left earlier this year to front Arch Enemy. Check out the latest video studio report here:

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The Agonist Posts Studio Footage

Montreal's The Agonist will release new album "Eye Of Providence" on November 11th in North America and on November 10th in Europe/Australia/New Zealand.

"Eye Of Providence" is the follow-up to 2012 album "Prisoners" and will be the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The lead vocalist change happened in the early part of this year when previous singer Alissa White-Gluz joined Arch Enemy.

The album was recorded by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and you can see a new video from the studio below. See the band live on these dates:

Jul 31 - Rockpile East - Toronto, Canada
Aug 01 - Rockpile West - Toronto, Canada
Aug 02 - Mavericks - Ottawa, Canada
Aug 05 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
Aug 06 - Brutal Assault Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug 07 - Getaway Rock Festival - Gävle, Sweden
Aug 08 - Elfer Club - Frankfurt, Germany
Aug 09 - Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands
Aug 10 - The Underworld - London, United Kingdom
Aug 11 - The Face Bar - Reading, United Kingdom
Aug 12 - The Robin - Bilston, United Kingdom
Aug 14 - Metal Frenzy Festival - Gardelegen, Germany
Aug 15 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
Aug 16 - Rockstadt Extreme Festival - Rasnov, Romania
Aug 30 - Beaverfest 2014 - Valleyview, Canada More...

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The Agonist Announces New Album

Montreal's The Agonist will release new album "Eye Of Providence" on November 11th in North America and on November 10th in Europe/Australia/New Zealand.

"Eye Of Providence" is the follow up to The Agonist's 2012 album "Prisoners" and will be the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The lead vocalist change happened in the early part of this year when previous singer Alissa White-Gluz joined Arch Enemy. The album was recorded by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy).

The band has been hard at work in the studio and just released a new studio update video. Check it out below. You can also see the band live:

Jul 31 - Rockpile East - Toronto, Canada
Aug 01 - Rockpile West - Toronto, Canada
Aug 02 - Mavericks - Ottawa, Canada
Aug 05 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
Aug 06 - Brutal Assault Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug 07 - Getaway Rock Festival - Gävle, Sweden
Aug 08 - Elfer Club - Frankfurt, Germany
Aug 09 - Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands
Aug 10 - The Underworld - London, United Kingdom
Aug 11 - The Face Bar - Reading, United Kingdom
Aug 12 - The Robin - Bilston, United Kingdom
Aug 14 - Metal Frenzy Festival - Gardelegen, Germany
Aug 15 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
Aug 16 - Rockstadt Extreme Festival - Rasnov, Romania
Aug 30 - Beaverfest 2014 - Valleyview,Canada More...

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The Agonist Posts European Tour Dates

Extreme metallers The Agonist have announced a series of UK and European summer festival and club show dates. This will be the first tour with the band's new singer Vicky Psarakis. The tour kicks off on August 8th in Vienna. Dates are as follows:

05.08 - Vienna (Aus) "Viper Room"
06.08 - Jaromer (Cze) "Brutal Assault"
07.08 - Gaevle (Swe) "Getaway Rock"
08.08 - Frankfurt-Am-Main (Ger) "Elfer Club"
09.08 - Tilburg (Hol) "Little Devil"
10.08 - London (UK) "The Underworld"
11.08 - Reading (UK) "The FaceBar"
12.08 - Wolverhampton (UK) "The Robin"
14.08 - Gardelegen (Ger) "Metal Frenzy"
15.08 - Dinkelsbuehl (Ger) "SummerBreeze"
16.08 - Rasnov (Rom) "Rockstadt Extreme"

The band's new single, "Disconnect Me," is scheduled for release on April 28th and will be available on iTunes.

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The Agonist Posts New Video Interview

Montreal melodic death metal group The Agonist has the first video interview with new singer, Vicky Psarakis, as well as an intimate look at the rest of the band members and snippets of songs coming off new single, "Disconnect Me."

Check out the clip below. "Disconnect Me" will be released on all digital platforms on April 29th. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Disconnect Me
2. Perpetual Notion

These tracks are the first to feature new singer, Vicky Psarakis, who replaced Alissa White-Gluz when she herself left The Agonist to front Arch Enemy.

The Agonist will also start recording a new album this month. It will once again be produced by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) in the band's hometown of Montreal and will be out in the Fall of this year. More...

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The Agonist To Release New Single

Montreal's The Agonist is set to release a two song digital single on April 29th via Century Media. These tracks are the first to feature new singer Vicky Psarakis, who was brought on after Alissa White-Gluz departed to front Arch Enemy. The track listing is:

1. Disconnect Me
2. Perpetual Notion

The Aognist will also start recording a new album this month. It will once again be produced by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) in the band's hometown of Montreal and will be out in the Fall.

Danny Marino (Guitar) had this to say: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience so far. Vicky has breathed new life into the song writing process and we are so excited to share these first 2 tracks with the world!

"The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for The Agonist. We're also thrilled to be back in the studio with our old friend and long-time engineer Chris Donaldson.

"We can't thank our fans enough for their ongoing support in this new and exciting chapter of The Agonist!" More...

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The Agonist Posts "Disconnect Me" Lyric Video

The Agonist fired its return salvo after Arch Enemy declared "War Eternal" yesterday. The lyric video for the full taste of the new track "Disconnect Me" is now available for streaming in the player below. The song features new singer Vicky Psarakis, who replaced Alissa White-Gluz, who now fronts Arch Enemy.

Check out "Disconnect Me" here:

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 8

It's been a juicy week of controversial metal news, and your hosts on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast couldn't wait to fry a couple of the biggest fish for your listening enjoyment.

Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) gets right down to business with a detailed review of "Lost Forever // Lost Together," the anticipated sixth studio album from Brighton, England's "post-metalcore" heroes Architects.

Next, Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) set their sights on the band that's delighted and enraged metal fans the world over - but without whom none of us seem able to live - Metallica. The band recently performed a lengthy new number dubbed "The Lords Of Summer," of which bootlegged footage soon surfaced. Rather than lobbing the lawsuits of yore, Metallica graciously responded by releasing a "Garage Demo" cut of the tune, which your hosts examine in as fair and balanced an approach as possible.

Finally, the bombshell of the week: Arch Enemy's two-punch announcement that longtime frontwoman Angela Gossow had stepped down from the microphone and that Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist) had replaced her. Kevin and Mike hash out the potential implications of this change and what it means to them, all the while marveling at just how well this secret was kept under wraps until an official music video was ready for release.

Whether this development reinforces or diminishes Mike's recent OpEd on sexist cynicism in metal, "From Dicks To Chicks," we'll leave up to you. Regardless, take a listen here, relax, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Arch Enemy Releases New Music Video

No sooner did The Agonist reveal a clip of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, Sweden's Arch Enemy released a new music video for the track "War Eternal" featuring ex-The Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. The song is the title track of the band's new album, which is set for release on June 9th (EU) and June 10th (North America) via Century Media Records.

Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: "This is a day to remember. It is such a great feeling to come back with new music and to unleash the first single and video off 'War Eternal'. Behold the first chapter of the new ARCH ENEMY saga... This is f**king war!"

Check out "War Eternal" here:

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The Agonist Posts Song Preview With New Vocalist

The Agonist wasted little time in unveiling the band's new singer Vicky Psarakis, who replaced Alissa White-Gluz, having joined Arch Enemy. The band released a sound clip of the new track "Disconnect Me," which can be heard below:

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The Agonist Recruits New Vocalist

It was just announced today that Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) would be replacing Angela Gossow in Arch Enemy.

Now The Agonist has announced a replacement vocalist with Alissa's departure. The band comments:

"Today we announce that after 3 albums and countless tours we officially part ways with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. We wish Alissa all the best with Arch Enemy and her future endeavors.

"It is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for The Agonist! We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the The Agonist family. Please give a warm welcome to very talented vocalist Vicky Psarakis!

"Stay tuned for new The Agonist material coming VERY soon!"

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Angela Gossow Steps Down From Arch Enemy

In early June 2014, Arch Enemy will unleash 9th studio album, "War Eternal," worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. In what seems like but apparently is not an early April Fools joke, Century Media records has issued the following statement about the band now replacing front woman Angela Gossow:

"With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers The Agonist. Angela Gossow, who joined Arch Enemy in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place."

Angela Gossow comments: "Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you...I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY's voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.

"I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I've known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine - and now she's getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.

"I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It's been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories - I will cherish them forever!

"I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way - revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!" More...

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Mors Principium Est Replacing Arsis On Tour

The melodic death metal masters in Mors Principium Est have stepped in for Arsis, whoch had to cancel its participation, and will now join The Agonist and Threat Signal on tour starting October 3rd. Dates are as follows:

Oct 03 - Eindhoven, Holland @ Effenaar
Oct 04 - Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires
Oct 05 - Calenzano, Italy @ Cycle Club
Oct 06 - Romagnano Sesia, Italy @ Rock & Roll Arena
Oct 07 - Roma, Italy @ Traffic Club
Oct 08 - To be announced
Oct 09 - Darmstadt, Germany @ Steinbruch Theatre
Oct 10 - To be announced
Oct 11 - Cologne, Germany @ EuroBlast Festival
Oct 12 - To be announced
Oct 13 - Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room
Oct 14 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal Club
Oct 15 - Olomouc, Czech Republic @ S-Cube
Oct 16 - Katowice, Poland @ MegaClub
Oct 17 - Prague, Czech Republic @ HOODOO Club
Oct 18 - Jena, Germany @ F-Haus
Oct 19 - Hoogeveen, Holland @ Waves Of Metal Festival
Oct 20 - Paris, France @ Le Divan du Monde
Oct 21 - Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier
Oct 22 - London, UK @ The Garage
Oct 23 - Bournemouth, UK The Anvil Bar More...

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Euroblast 2013 Teaser Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Euroblast 2013 festival, which will take place from October 11th - 13th in Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany.

The clip is available below, and the following bands will be appearing at the fest:

Aliases, Arecibo, Arsis, Bear, Benea Reach, Cambion, Circles, Cyclamen, Dawn Heist, Deathember, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Empathea, Ever Forthright, Feared, Grand Exit, Hacride, Heights, Hord, Humanity's Last Breath, Hypno5e, Invocation, Kartikeya, Lifeforms, Meshuggah, Monuments, Nexilva, No Consequence, Overdown, Pomegranate Tiger, Skyharbor, Syqem, Tardive Dyskinesia, Textures, The Agonist, The Algorithm, The Ocean, The Omega Experiment, ThirdEar, Threat Signal, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Xerath. More...

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Angela Gossow Up For Sexiest Vegetarian Award

It's getting hot in here - but is it the rising summer temperatures or the nominees in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity 2013 contest sponsored by peta2?

You can no cast your votes in the annual contest to help peta2 decide whom it should pick as the winners, and this year's nominees include metal stars Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist, Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, and tattoo artist Megan Massacre.

The full list of nominees - which also includes Anne Hathaway, Kristen Wiig, Jared Leto, and Russell Brand, among others - is available at this location.

Voting ends August 16th, and the winners will be announced August 19th. Winners will be chosen by peta2 based on several factors, including vote count. More...

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Deicide Added To Spread The Metal Fest

Spread The Metal Festival is proud to announce the addition of American death metal band Deicide to its Halifax edition this coming August.

Deicide will be performing the band's only Atlantic Canada show of 2013 on the first day of the fest on August 24th alongside Erimha and Augury among many others at the Marquee Ballroom. Being held on August 24th & 25th, the fest will also feature The Agonist, Skullfist, Black Moor, Deathpoint, The Catalyst, Death Valley Driver, Sanktuary and many more.

All profits from the festival will be donated by Spread the Metal Records to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in order for them to continue their life-saving work.

August 24th:
BOTB Winner - TBA
Severed Reign
Ear To Ear
Cottus
Burnt Church
Terratomb
Deathpoint
The Catalyst
Erimha
Augury
Deicide More...

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The Agonist Posts Drum Playthrough Video

Canadian metal act The Agonist posted a drum playthrough video featuring Simon McKay teaching how to play the song "Panophobia." The song appears on the latest LP "Prisoners" which is available now via Century Media Records.

Check out the video here:

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Kittie Added To Spread The Metal Fest Lineup

Spread The Metal Festival has added all-female Canadian heavy metal band Kittie to the Toronto line-up, which also includes Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist, Nephelium, Derelict, Crimson Shadows, Deathpoint, Edge of Attack, Hallows Die, Beheading of The King, and many more.

The bands will be performing to raise funds for Kiva, an organization that reduces poverty by providing monetary support to struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries.

This year's Toronto edition will be held at the famed Opera House on September 7th and 8th. Ticket info is available at this location. The lineup will be:

September 7th

BOTB Winner
Evertrapped
Nephelium
Derelict
The Catalyst
Crimson Shadows
Beheading of a King
Augury
Suffocation

September 8th

Answer With Metal
Hallows Die
TBA
Deathpoint
Edge of Attack
Sanktuary
Skull Fist
The Agonist
Kittie More...

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Spread The Metal Fest Reveals More Details

The organizers of the Spread The Metal Festival have announced this year's Toronto edition will occur at the famed Opera House on September 7th and 8th. The fest will see Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist and many more perform in raising funds for Kiva, an organization that reduces poverty by providing monetary support to struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries. Festival organizer Matt Day comments:

"This is the second of many Spread the Metal Festivals to come, and this one comes to you in the form of Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist, and 12 more tearing up The Opera House stage in Toronto. 100% of the profits from the festival are going to Kiva.org in order to fight poverty and eventually injustice around the world. There's a lot in it for fans this year as well though, since they can make off with signed albums, VIP experiences, album downloads and so much more. Now go forth and Spread the Metal."

To compliment the festival, the label is launching a crowd funding campaign in order to raise additional funds for Kiva. Among the perks are signed albums and set lists from every band at the festival (including some that aren't), guitar picks, album downloads, etc. As well, fans will have the chance to attend the sound check, hang out with the headliner of their choice, and even punch a record label exec. More...

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