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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...
SoCal groove metal outfit Devildriver will headline a 19+ date North American tour, dubbed the "Bound By The Road" tour, beginning February 8tj, 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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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:
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...
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...
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:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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
Check out "A Gentle Disease" here: More...
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!"