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The Agonist

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Canada (2007 – present)

The Agonist (formerly The Tempest) is a band from Canada, signed to Century Media Records. Hailing from Montreal, The Agonist comprises vocalist Vicky Psarakis, guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells, and drummer Simon McKay. Previous members include founding member and former lead singer Alissa White-Gluz.

They released their first album Once Only Imagined on August 14, 2007. Released August 28, 2007, the video for Business Suits and Combat Boots was filmed by acclaimed director David Brodsky (Strapping Young Lad, Gwar, God Forbid)… The video was voted the number 6 video of the year 2007 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball. The mini-video for … and Their Eulogies Sang Me to Sleep off the album Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, also filmed by director David Brodsky, was released April 18, 2009.

The Agonist was originally known primarily for White-Gluz’s ability to use both clean vocals and metal growls. Guitarist Danny Marino, nephew of guitar legend Frank Marino (of Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush), uses a melodic yet aggressive guitar style, making The Agonist’s music both catchy and heavy. The Agonist can also be identified by their creative basslines by Chris Kells, and Simon McKay’s intense and energetic drumming. Also known for their environmental consciousness, song’s themes often revolve around moral concerns such as animal rights, societal dilemmas, and the state of our world.

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  • sizoxxx

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCcpgFiOx5Q

    9 May 3:13pm Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl

    Gates of Horn and Ivory. very funny video))

    1 Apr 10:45am Reply
  • Schander

    I don't get it, I'm hearing much more structure than before. If anything, they're moving away from that "discordant-core"... but hey, to each his own.

    7 Mar 11:21pm Reply
  • VoodooMadMike

    Regarding songwriting, you can safely say that all the great songwriting came from Alissa. The intelligent messages composed into mesmerisingly addictive rhyming songs made them unique and addicting. The new album is very good but the songwriting and the growls could improve. Well, it is safe to say they will improve :)

    5 Mar 9:35pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Альбом понравился, и вокалистка тоже )

    4 Mar 4:25pm Reply
  • Vanjavit

    When I heard the EP 'Disconnect Me' I was sceptic. But the new album is great. It's not perfect, things can be improved. I think The Agonist is a band that's grows with time. I really like when they become more Progressive, 'As Above, So Belov' is fantastic! And Vicky shows her talent in 'A Necessary Evil' and 'Danse Macabre'

    3 Mar 4:55pm Reply
  • spikedylacid

    The song writing is appalling. All their releases have been fantastic before this, but the instruments just lack so much, or maybe they're just moving so close to Metalcore now that I'm simply not interested? Regardless Vicky's cleans are phenomenal, shame about the growls.

    1 Mar 6:06pm Reply
  • VoodooMadMike

    Now, if Vicky practises the technique of her screaming and growling The Agonist will be amazing. The new album is great but some of the growls are lacking that 'spark' that Alissa had. Nevertheless, both bands benefited from the singer change :)

    1 Mar 12:33am Reply
  • Disillusion1313

    Another nice band's pic with Vicky

    26 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • Boulesis

    Yeah, I prefer Vicky's cleans but Alissa's harsh vocals aswell.

    25 Feb 5:57pm Reply
  • RunAwayFromHere

    Alissa's clean vocals are absolutely nothing compared to Vicky's. Now the screaming part.. well , she will get better, it's a good start! And I have to agree that the band didn't took advantage of Vicky's potential in the 'Eye of Providence' . Not bad though.

    24 Feb 7:02pm Reply
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at metal4.de. "Eye Of Providence" gets 8 out of 10! http://www.metal4.de/review/the-agonist-eye-of-providence/

    24 Feb 6:56pm Reply
  • Satanic_Tanzfee

    As Above, So Below....with Alissa not possible. Great song.

    24 Feb 3:29pm Reply
  • thedarkdream

    Also, I'm sad because Vicky can sing pretty high and strong, but 50% of her clean vocal lines are low and boring. At first, I thought she can't do it - but sone songs really show that she's a great vocalist - but the band didn't know how to use her right.

    23 Feb 11:24pm Reply
  • thedarkdream

    The bad thing of The Agonist is that their music is less and less "psycho". The 2nd album was so good because it was very random. The last one sounds god, I like it; but it won't stand out as much.

    23 Feb 11:22pm Reply
  • AVEnger_CZ

    musictomybrains: Yeah, if you mean Angela leaves the AE and let the Allisa bring the freshness and youth to this boring band. In the case of Agonist.. its just.. awful. Not because of sinnger but because terrible songwriting and... god, everything is terrible on this album.

    23 Feb 10:22pm Reply
  • Mooon_

    Vicky brought so much freshness to the band!

    23 Feb 1:59pm Reply
  • musictomybrains

    The new album is amazing, Vicky is a great combination with The Agonist and Alissa is amazing, cannot wait for an new albun after hearing War Eternal. This is one of the best leaving situations bands.

    22 Feb 6:04pm Reply
  • mc666

    New albums is great, maybe the best one yet. The vocals are exceptional.

    22 Feb 1:14pm Reply
  • Schander

    Actually, the songwriting has, quite clearly, massively improved.

    22 Feb 12:03am Reply
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