The Agonist have entered the studio to work on new music with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy). The group shared the below photos from the sessions:
The Agonist have premiered a new video for the title track of their latest album “Orphans.“ The band commented:
“The story behind ‘Orphans‘ was inspired by the novel ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle‘ by Shirley Jackson. It emphasizes the feeling of ‘not belonging’ and the social and physical isolation that comes as a result of that. Even though we’ve all felt like outcasts at some point in our lives, it’s important to remember that we’re never truly alone and that there’s always someone there for you. We’re all ‘orphans’, but we’re in this life together.”
The Agonist have shared a new video for their song “In Vertigo.” The clip was put together using fan-submitted footage. The track appears on the band’s latest album “Orphans.“
Danny Marino commented:
“After sitting at home, toughing out this quarantine, the band started discussing how we can interact with our fans in different ways. We had this idea to ask our fans to send us footage of themselves rocking out to our song ‘In Vertigo‘.
We asked them to not be shy and be creative with their submissions, ‘cause there are many ways to be metal! We knew that people would be eager to participate because throughout the years of meet and greets, we have come to know just how dedicated our fans have become, and we were not disappointed in the least! You guys rule!”
It looks like The Agonist are using their current downtime to write new music. The band commented:
“WE ARE WRITING NEW MUSIC. All this time spent at home means that are way ahead in the creative process! The touring cycle of Orphans is not yet over, so we’re committed to staying busy. Metal will never die!”
The Agonist’s Chris Kells has revealed that he has been banned from entering the U.S. As a result, the bassist has been forced to sit out the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise and the band’s tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse.
“Friends, it comes with great disappointment and frustration to announce that I will not be on the 70k of metal cruise, or the upcoming Fleshgod Apocalypse tour this March with The Agonist.
This comes as a result not of choice but because of US border regulations.
As some of you already know I work in video production while being home from tour. The corporate video company I work for here in Montreal had me go to the states a couple of times to perform interviews and get video footage of the clients who we were working with.
Unfortunately, the last time I went to cross into the USA, a CBP (border control) officer deemed me inadmissible and banned me from entering America for 5 years. This was a result of misguided information given to me, and the CBP, by my EMPLOYER, at the time of entry. This essentially led to me being cornered by officers, and forced to sign documents acknowledging my apparent misconduct. (This evidently has nothing to do with playing awesome music for people in our beautiful neighbour country)
Sadly I have applied for a waiver from these ridiculous charges but have still been denied entry regardless.
It has been an extremely aggravating year trying to get all this figured out with Immigration lawyers and has caused me great mental distress, as playing shows with my friends in The Agonist is one of my most cherished experiences of life. I am left at a loss and have no further options but to seek a temporary replacement for all US related shows!
That being said, I would like to take the time to introduce you all to a great friend of mine, Pavlo Haikalis, who will be filling in for me. Pavlo has always been there on the sidelines for The Agonist. Helping out with gear, pre production process, building my custom PHG basses for me, and just all around being the great dude that he is. Please welcome him with open arms and horns up! I can’t imagine anybody else to better kick ass for me in this trying time.”
During an appearance on the “Vox&Hops” podcast, Danny Marino was asked if The Agonist would ever consider touring with Arch Enemy, who feature their former singer Alissa White-Gluz. The guitarist responded by saying he “would consider it if there was an open discussion between” the two bands.
Marino said the following when asked if the two groups would ever tour together:
“Now, no… I’m not one to be, like, ‘Never forgive,’ or anything like that, which is the title of an ARCH ENEMY song, since [Alissa] joined [them] — ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’… So, I’m never like that. I would consider it if there was an open discussion between their band and our band.”
He also added that he doesn’t like having bad blood between him and White-Gluz:
“Not only do we live in the same city [Montreal], we live in the same district of the same city. She lives on my street — at the other end of it. But it’s not a long street. And she hasn’t moved. And neither have I. And I’ve never seen her [after she left the band], which is crazy, if you think about it. The fact that my drummer, who lives on the other side of the city, has seen her multiple times on the street. And the last time [she saw him], I think, she crossed the street. But then, at the same time, she saw [bassist Chris] Kells at a show, and there was a bunch of people around from different bands that everyone knew each other — I forget what show it was he was at — and she said hi to him.”
However, Marino went on to say that he did take issue with the way White-Gluz talked about the band after her departure:
“That’s what I said when I released the statement outlining the whole thing, the whole drama, that I don’t understand why she was on to a much better place, financially and business-wise speaking, but in every interview that she did — ’cause she did a lot in the first album release that they did — she had to mention all this negativity and purposely put us down and call names and all this stuff. And I was, like, I didn’t understand how you could be punching down like that. You decided to take a leap to make yourself better and more popular and advance yourself as an artist, and then you’re mad at us because we’re not being your side band. It’s, like, no, we wanna be an ‘A band’ too. That’s what we’re gonna continue to do.”
This news comes after The Agonist’s current singer Vicky Psarakis recently said she would be open to talking to White-Gluz, after previously claiming that “she has been trying to kill [the] band ever since she was fired.”
The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis made headlines earlier this year after claiming that former vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) “has been trying to kill [the] band ever since she was fired.” White-Gluz then issued a statement denying all of the allegations, while also saying she would be “more than happy to talk to Vicky and put her concerns to rest.” Now, during an appearance on the “Vox&Hops” podcast, Psarakis discussed the situation further and said she would be open to talking to White-Gluz.
Psarakis said the following when asked about her initial comments:
“When that happened, in the back of my head, I kind of let it happen. And it was simply because — you know how it is when there’s an album release and the interviews are scheduled back to back. So there were some days where I had four or five interviews in a row. And lot of times, those questions coincided — same questions over and over again. So I reached, I guess, my boiling point, where I was, like, ‘You know what? This is it.’ And I kind of let it out. And it did kind of get blown out of proportion. But I kind of knew it was gonna happen. I didn’t expect the full extent of what happened, to be honest, and it wasn’t my intention. It was just more, like, I’ve been in the band for five years. Every single time anything remotely close to that is brought up, I just shut down and don’t say anything or avoid or redirect. And I just reached that point where it’s, like, ‘I’m done.’ And I just let it out. And in the moment, it felt really good. And it actually felt good afterwards too; it just felt like, ‘Ah. I can breathe again.’ And, of course, I got asked [about it] afterwards [by] other interviewers, just like you’re asking me now, I guess. But it felt good in that I didn’t feel that need anymore to talk about it anymore. It’s, like, well, it’s out there. Anyone can go and read it, if they want.”
She continued after being asked about White-Gluz’s response:
“How did I feel? It felt a bit underwhelmed. I was not anticipating it. I wasn’t anticipating a response at all, to be honest. I thought [they] would just let it die down. And then I read the response and I was, like, ‘Okay. They responded…'”
She also added the following when asked if she would be open to talking to White-Gluz:
“Sure. If she really wanted to, I’m here… It’s always been a bit weird for me in that, obviously, they have some beef. They were in a band together for 10 years or so. And not anymore, but I was ‘the new girl’… “
Psarakis also had the following to say after it was suggested that White-Gluz could join The Agonist onstage for a guest appearance to bury the hatchet:
“I’m sure it would be appreciated [by the fans]. On my end, I’m totally okay. Like I said, it was just a bit of a weird place for me, because I had nothing to do with this. I’m just the new person — or was the new person in the band. And if it wasn’t me, it would be someone else. So I felt a bit, like, ‘Why am I caught up in the middle of all this?’ So, obviously, if something good were to happen, why not let it happen?”
The Agonist have premiered a new video for their song “The Gift Of Silence.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Orphans.“
The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis recently made headlines after claiming that former vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) “has been trying to kill [the] band ever since she was fired.” Now, White-Gluz has issued a statement through Angela Gossow‘s Kult Management, denying all of the allegations that were leveled against her.
White-Gluz said the following:
“I do not and have not talked about [The Agonist] or even thought about them in years. I am more than happy to talk to Vicky and put her concerns to rest because I know for a fact they are completely untrue. I have nothing but good luck to give her since I know I really enjoyed the music I made in that band and I’m sure she is making great music now too. She is welcome to contact me and always has been welcome to do so, but never has.”
“I want to give her the benefit of the doubt that she is just confused or misinformed. I don’t know anything about her and as such, don’t have any ill will towards her.”
She also added:
“The only contact I’ve had with them in any way was when I encountered the bass player at a metal show in Montreal a few years back and had nothing but a handshake with him. That was the ONLY contact I have had with that band in any way shape or form since we parted ways. I cannot stress enough that I am extremely happy and extremely busy with my current projects and don’t have time to dwell on the activities of others.”
She later continued:
“I do not have any time, energy or interest to invest in trying to control someone else. Women in metal ALL stick together, no matter what. She and I are both just trying to have our music heard and I know firsthand how emotional and difficult it can be because I’ve been through it all, working my way from the ground up for years.
I have no negative feelings towards her. I think she just misspoke and got emotionally carried away.
She is welcome to contact me at any time. I am happy to help her in any way she needs and I sincerely wish her the best.
I am proud of my fans for taking the high road and not engaging in harassing others. Please do NOT harass Vicky or her band. People make mistakes and we can forgive them. Thank you.”
Kult Management also commented:
“Alissa does not work for a record label, agency, management, promoter or any other position in the music industry. The only role she has is that of a freelance singer and she has no power over what paths other bands take in their careers.”
The company went on to say that the accusations are “completely false” before adding:
“For decades now, we have championed the unity between women in metal and within the metal scene in general and we will continue to do so, here.
It seems Vicky has gotten quite emotional over things she either believes to be true or has invented for some reason. We are not angry at her; we are here to help her and clarify anything she needs. We are happy to jump on a phone call with her to set her mind at ease and we are sorry she is dealing with a lot of stress at the moment. So far she has not responded, but the offer still stands.”
Kult Management also got statements from The Agonist‘s current and former labels:
“Alissa has never interfered, commented nor was she involved in or was the reason for any business decision. The Agonist‘s current album has been licenced to Rodeostar Records, a company that is a completely separated and independent entity from Napalm Records.”
Century Media Records:
“The Agonist were signed to Century Media for four albums, all of which have been delivered by the band and released by the label. With the delivery of the fourth contractual album, ‘Eye Of Providence‘, the deal was fulfilled. The decision not to renew the contract was not in any way influenced by Arch Enemy, the band’s management or their singer Alissa White-Gluz.”
The Agonist have premiered a new video for their new song “As One We Survive.” This track is from the band’s new album “Orphans,“ which will be released on September 20.
The group commented:
“The first lyrics for ‘As One We Survive’ were written at a very trying time for the band. We had been on the road a long time and we were flying and playing every day, and it was one of those tours where everything that could go wrong would go wrong, as many bands know about. Also, the lack of food and sleep was much worse than even your usual tour. On top of this, the band had recently got some very bad news. We didn’t break, we didn’t give up. We stuck together, picked each other up and overcame all the obstacles on the tour and off. The chaos and brutality of the instrumental seemed a perfect fit for these lyrics. We couldn’t be happier with the response so far for ‘Orphans’ and hope you enjoy the next chapter — ‘As One We Survive’!”