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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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  • thedarkdream

    I had a good opinion about Vicky, until I saw them live. She didn't deliver.

    13 Oct 11:17am Reply
  • GabrielKnight3

    Come back alissa <3

    12 Oct 4:06am Reply
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    28 Sep 8:53am Reply
  • valkyrie199

    Agonist > Arch Enemy [3]

    13 Sep 2:35am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    the new vocalist is pretty good anyway :) (that clean chorus in "disconnect me" is awesome)

    30 Aug 5:57am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v only after 3 new albums you can say that

    30 Aug 5:55am Reply
  • METALLER1992

    New vocals is better.

    29 Aug 9:33am Reply
  • outofourminds

    Agonist > Arch Enemy [2]

    26 Aug 1:43pm Reply
  • mikenike925

    agonist > arch enemy

    24 Aug 8:25pm Reply
  • KamelotFan10

    They made the right decision.

    24 Aug 1:39pm Reply
  • unniquer

    I'll miss alissa's clean vocals [15]

    17 Aug 2:56pm Reply
  • DEATH0716

    I'll miss alissa's clean vocals [14]

    2 Aug 2:21pm Reply
  • valkyrie199

    Oh my god, how I miss Alissa with them :(

    22 Jul 1:55am Reply
  • abasdarhon

    I'll miss alissa's clean vocals [13]

    12 Jul 12:40pm Reply
  • VoodooMadMike

    It's not exactly that she left. She wanted to do similar thing to Floor Jansen who perfectly manages to play with Revamp and Nightwish. Other members didn't like it even though she would still retain a lot of focus on The Agonist and decided to kick her out. Shame, because she's awesome.

    3 Jul 11:26pm Reply
  • PsychoKrusher

    Such a waste that Alyssa left good, evolving band to join lame Arch Enemy.

    24 Jun 1:39am Reply
  • sadwhore

    Epic band.

    20 Jun 2:20pm Reply
  • VoodooMadMike

    Panophobia <3

    14 Jun 11:31pm Reply
  • kornmanson112

    Alissa White-Gluz >Vicky Psarakis

    12 Jun 4:17pm Reply
  • VoodooMadMike

    To people saying you'll miss Alissa's vocals: Arch Enemy's next album might include them but this one was already musically ready with many guitar parts so they preferred to leave it as it is with only growling. In an interview one of the members said that in the future they might include some of her cleans as they know she's very talented :D

    4 Jun 1:32pm Reply
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