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The Agonist

From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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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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The Agonist Posts "Follow The Crossed Line" Video

Canadian melodic death metal act The Agonist released a new music video for the track "Follow the Crossed Line." The song appears on the band's latest release "Eye of Providence," which is available now through Century Media Records.

The video was directed by Chris Kells at FTB and footage was shot by Ryan Andrade and Prawn Films. Check it out here:

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The Agonist Gears Up For North American Tour

The Agonist is set to hit the road with Epica and Eluveitie for the Revolver North American tour, which kicks off on Tuesday, September 8 at Soundstage in Baltimore, MD.

The tour will take the band across the U.S. and Canada in support of newest album, "Eye Of Providence," out now on Century Media Records. In addition to the 19-city Revolver tour, The Agonist has confirmed a string of headlining shows that include stops in Regina, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Hartford and Manchester.

Vocalist Vicky Psarakis comments on the upcoming trek: "Words can't express how excited we are for the upcoming tour with Epica and Eluveitie! Getting to share the stage with bands that I grew up listening to is nothing short of a dream come true! It's been a while since The Agonist hit the West Coast on a U.S. tour and it'll be my first ever run with them out there since joining the band, so make sure not to miss this fantastic lineup!" More...

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The Agonist Posts "I Endeavor" Playthrough

Following a playthrough clip for "A Necessary Evil," The Agonist now has a new guitar playthrough video online. Check out guitarists Paco Jobin and Chris Kells playing "I Endeavor" from the "Eye Of Providence" album below. Upcoming The Agonist tour dates include:

08/08/2015 - Heavy MTL Festival: Montreal, QC
09/08/2015 - Soundstage: Baltimore, MD
09/09/2015 - Paradise Rock Club: Boston, MA
09/11/2015 - Corona Theatre: Montreal, QC
09/12/2015 - Imperial Theatre: Quebec City, QC
09/13/2015 - Phoenix Concert Theatre: Toronto, ON
09/15/2015 - House Of Blues: Chicago, IL
09/16/2015 - Mill City Nights: Minneapolis, MN
09/18/2015 - O'Brians Event Centre: Saskatoon, SK
09/19/2015 - Union Hall: Edmonton, AB
09/20/2015 - MacEwan Ballroom: Calgary, AB
09/22/2015 - Vogue Theatre: Vancouver, BC
09/23/2015 - Neumos: Seattle, WA
09/25/2015 - The Regency Ballroom: San Francisco, CA
09/26/2015 - Fonda Theatre: Los Angeles, CA
09/28/2015 - Gothic Theatre: Denver, CO
09/29/2015 - Sokol Auditorium: Omaha, NE
10/01/2015 - Mercury Ballroom: Louisville, KY
10/02/2015 - Agora Ballroom: Cleveland, OH
10/03/2015 - Irving Plaza: New York, NY More...

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Epica And Eluveitie Post Tour Trailer

This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America.

This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. Martina Edoff will also join the package as the opening band from Sept 18th to Oct 3rd. Check out a teaser video below with a special message to fans from Epica and Eluveitie.

This will mark Epica’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head in late 2013 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of latest album "The Quantum Enigma," which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond. More...

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The Agonist Posts Guitar Playthrough

Guitarists Danny Marino and Paco Jobin of The Agonist take listeners through "A Necessary Evil" in the first of a three part play through video series of fan requested singles from latest album, "Eye Of Providence." Watch the play through video for "A Necessary Evil" below.

Danny Marino comments: "We've been getting a lot of requests from fans for guitar playthrough videos from our new album 'Eye of Providence.' So after listening to the fans, we picked a few songs and got our resident bassist/video director Chris Kells to shoot a couple songs. This first video is for one of my favorite songs on the album, 'A Necessary Evil.' It has a nice blend of staccato riffing, interesting chord extensions and of course, a ripping solo by my man Paco Jobin!"

On the live front, The Agonist will join Epica and Eluvietie on the Revolver North American tour beginning September 8th. The Agonist will also perform at the infamous Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal in August. Find the full tour schedule after the video. More...

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Epica Announces Tour Dates With Eluveitie

This Fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tour dates.

Epica front woman Simone Simons comments: “We are ecstatic to finally return to North America. It is time to nurture our long-distance relationship with our fans over in North America. We'll have a wonderful time together and will perform songs spanning our entire discography. You guys better be ready for us.”

This will mark Epica’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head in 2013 was cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of latest album, "The Quantum Enigma," which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.

Eluveitie’s lead vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann further states: ”We're 8 months into the ‘Origins’ World Tour now and far from getting tired! We can't wait to finally return to the USA and Canada; especially because we'll return alongside the mighty Epica! By Toutatis, this is gonna be fucking awesome!" More...

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Texas Independence Fest Day 3: Cavalera Conspiracy

Day three of Texas Independence was the day I looked forward to the most. The headliners included Corrosion of Conformity-Blind, Death Angel and Cavalera Conspiracy.

This day was by far the most stacked for talent. Bands as well known as Allegaeon played early in the day. I didn’t make it to the club until 2:30. The Agonist was the first band I caught. I wasn’t able to see the band with Alissa White-Gluz before she left for Arch Enemy, so it’s difficult to compare her to her replacement Vicky Psarakis. Psarakis’s vocals seemed fine, but she appeared to have lost the monitor. Her band mates were in fine form, though.

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The Agonist Posts New Music Video "Danse Macabre"

The Agonist premieres a new music video for the song "Danse Macabre" taken from the album, "Eye Of Providence" which was released earlier this year via Century Media Records.

You can now stream the new clip below.

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The Agonist Streaming Full Album

Montreal's The Agonist is set to release "The Eye Of Providence" on Tuesday February 24th in North America.

The band has joined forces with Revolver Magazine to bring you a stream of the entire album, which can also be heard below.

"The Eye Of Providence," or God's all-seeing eye, is a piece of religious iconography with origins stemming back to ancient Egypt. But The Agonist isn't going all History Channel on this new album (the lack of ghosts and aliens should have tipped you off). The lyrical center isn't about pyramids, the Freemasons, or its appearance on the United States one-dollar bill.

As on previous albums, The Agonist is commenting heavily on advances in monitoring technology, particularly as it relates to governments intruding on the private lives of its citizens.

"We are embracing a number of new topics," admits guitarist Danny Marino with a cryptic smile. "The Agonist still wants to be a voice for change. However, there are many socio-political and personal topics that we haven't yet covered. We get into some of those on this record." More...

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The Agonist Releases "A Gentle Disease" Video Clip

Quebec metal act The Agonist released another new music video, this time for the track "A Gentle Disease." The track comes ahead of the band's new album "Eye of Providence," which is set to drop via Century Media Records on February 23rd (EU) and February 24th (USA).

The track list for "Eye of Providence" is:

1. Gates of Horn and Ivory (see music video here)
2. My Witness, Your Victim (see music video here)
3. Danse Macabre
4. I Endeavor
5. Faceless Messenger
6. Perpetual Notion
7. A Necessary Evil
8. Architects Hallucinate
9. Disconnect Me (see lyric video here)
10. The Perfect Embodiment
11. A Gentle Disease
12. Follow the Crossed Line
13. As Above, So Below

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The Agonist Posts "My Witness, Your Victim" Video

The Agonist has brought out another video from forthcoming album "Eye Of Providence," due out February 24th. "My Witness, Your Victim" can be seen below, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com. Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the video:

"We're thrilled to release the My Witness, Your Victim video! This is the first video we are releasing that was directed and edited by our very own Bassist Chris Kells. Chris shoots music videos for other bands when he is not touring with us and it was really cool to finally do one for The Agonist.

"Lyrically this song dives into the album theme of the Eye of Providence. We live in a world where everything is being tracked and the more we interface with technology the more we lose our humanity. We're really happy with how the video turned out and believe it or not the actor was not harmed (too much) during the shoot!"

You can also watch the band's previously released music video for "Gates Of Horn And Ivory" over at this location. More...

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The Agonist Releases New Music Video

Montreal's The Agonist will release the new album "Eye of Providence" on February 24th in North America and February 23rd in Europe via Century Media Records. "Eye of Providence" is the follow up to the 2012 album "Prisoners" and will mark the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The band has just completed the official video for "Gates of Horn and Ivory," which can be viewed in the player below.

Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the video: "We had a great time shooting the 'Gates of Horns and Ivory' video with our good friend and long time collaborator David Brodsky. It was great to finally have a video where we get to laugh at ourselves as well! If you've ever met the band you would know were not always as serious as our music may let on. The title and lyrics of Gates of Horn and Ivory were inspired by the ancient Greek text The Odyssey. It is said that within dreams should you see something enter through gates made of horn you can know it to be true in life. If the gates are ivory that it is a deception, and in life you should not trust whatever you saw come through those gates. It's a very interesting concept and I adapted it to things I have witnessed in my life. For the video we decided to use the music industry as the setting for the duality of horn (truth) and ivory (deception)."

The track list for "Eye of Providence" is:

1. Gates of Horn and Ivory
2. My Witness, Your Victim
3. Danse Macabre
4. I Endeavor
5. Faceless Messenger
6. Perpetual Notion
7. A Necessary Evil
8. Architects Hallucinate
9. Disconnect Me
10. The Perfect Embodiment
11. A Gentle Disease
12. Follow the Crossed Line
13. As Above, So Below

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The Red Chord And Allegaeon Added To NEM&H Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival today announces additional acts for the 2015 edition: The Red Chord, Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil, Overcast, and more. This year's edition takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.

Headliners already announced include Testament, Between The Buried and Me, and Motionless In White. The currently revealed lineup is as follows:

Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
Code Orange
Overcast
The Atlas Moth
The Banner
Black Mask
Homewrecker
Discourse
Phinehas
Downpour More...

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The Agonist Posts New Album Trailer

Montreal's The Agonist will release new album "Eye Of Providence" on February 24th in North America and February 23rd in Europe via Century Media Records.

"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.

A teaser trailer for the album can now be seen below. Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the album cover:

"We decided to go with a different medium for the cover art of Eye of Providence. We went with real photography and objects rather than hand drawn or CG as we have in the past. Deepti Suddul provided the awesome close up of the human eye. After that we passed it to Aaron Marsh who took our lyrics and concept to make the amazing cover art and album layout."

1. Gates of Horn and Ivory
2. My Witness, Your Victim
3. Danse Macabre
4. I Endeavor
5. Faceless Messenger
6. Perpetual Notion
7. A Necessary Evil
8. Architects Hallucinate
9. Disconnect Me
10. The Perfect Embodiment
11. A Gentle Disease
12. Follow the Crossed Line
13. As Above, So Below More...

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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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