The Agonist Bassist Chris Kells To Miss Upcoming North American Tour

The Agonist bassist Chris Kells will be missing the band’s North American tour with Hypocrisy, Carach Angren, and Hideous Divinity due to a previous documentation issue that is keeping him from entering the U.S. During his absence, Pavlo Haikalis will be filling in.

The group commented:

“Hey guys, you should know that that unfortunately, our bassist Chris Kells will not be on the upcoming NA tour. Long story short, several years ago Chris was crossing into the USA for his day job (he does video production for a living), and his employer gave him improper documentation. This resulted in him basically being forced to sign a form which banned him from entering for a determined time. Good news is, you’ll see him in Europe very soon!! 🤘”

Kells added:

“Well it’s been 4 years since I last had to make this post. I had hoped it would have been the first and last time I would have to make this statement but unfortunately the USA border control agency and I still aren’t friends.

I am still in the process of taking all the right measures to get rid of this awful mess that has been put over my head and hope to have it all cleared up sometime in the near future.

I am deeply saddened about this whole situation. The Agonist is my baby, my family and my everything. Nothing upsets me more than to not see everyone’s beautiful faces screaming and yelling every night from the stage and meeting everyone at our merch table. This is something I have worked for my entire life and to have it taken away from me is just heartbreaking.

All this BS should be squared away soon, but until then we have our long time friend and amazing musician Pavlo Haikalis from The History Of Flying Objects once again taking the stage left for me on this US run. Please welcome him with open arms and metal horns the same you would do to me.

In the meantime I’ll be home in Montreal editing some new Agonist content for you all and getting ready for our kickass run in Europe. I can’t wait to be back up there with everyone after such a long break. See you all this summer!”

Hypocrisy Announce Fall European/UK Tour With SepticFlesh, The Agonist, & Horizon Ignited

Hypocrisy have announced a fall European/UK tour. The band will also be joined by special guests SepticFlesh, The Agonist, and Horizon Ignited.

Tour Dates:

09/30 Bochum, GER – Matrix
10/01 Enschede, NET – Metropool
10/02 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
10/04 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka – Zappa
10/05 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
10/06 Birmingham, UK – Institute II
10/07 Manchester, UK – Academy II
10/08 Lille, FRA – Le Splendid
10/09 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
10/10 Rennes, FRA – L’Etage
10/12 Porto, POR – Hard Club
10/13 Lisbon, POR – Lisboa ao Vivo
10/14 Madrid, SPA – Story Live
10/15 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo II
10/16 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Gerland / Kao
10/18 Paderno, ITA – Slaughter Club
10/19 Rome, ITA – Orion Club
10/21 Athens, GRE – Fuzz Live Music Club (SepticFlesh headline)
10/22 Thessaloniki, GRE – Principal Club Theater (SepticFlesh headline)
10/23 Sofia, BUL – Hristo Botev Hall
10/25 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
10/26 Cluj-Napoca, ROM – Form Space
10/27 Budapest, HUN – Dürer Kert
10/28 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
10/29 Ingolstadt, GER – Eventhalle Westpark
10/30 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/01 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
11/02 Luzern, SWI – Schüür
11/03 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal
11/04 Stuttgart, GER – LKA – Longhorn
11/05 Prague, CZE – MeetFactory
11/06 Kraków, POL – Kwadrat
11/07 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
11/08 Gdansk, POL – B90
11/10 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
11/11 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
11/12 Berlin, GER – Orwo Haus

Hypocrisy Announce North American Tour With Carach Angren, The Agonist, & Hideous Divinity

Hypocrisy have announced a headlining North American tour. Carach Angren, The Agonist, and Hideous Divinity will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

04/29 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
04/30 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
05/01 Montreal, QC – L’Astral
05/02 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
05/04 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/05 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
05/06 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
05/07 Regina, SK – The Exchange
05/08 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
05/10 Vancouver, BC – Red Room
05/11 Seattle, WA – Club Sur
05/12 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
05/13 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
05/14 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
05/15 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
05/17 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
05/18 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/19 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05/20 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
05/21 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
05/22 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/24 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
05/25 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
05/26 Jonesboro, GA – Furnace 41
05/27 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
05/28 Pittsburgh, PA – Enclave
05/29 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest

The Agonist Premiere “Feast On The Living” Music Video

The Agonist have premiered a new video for their new song “Feast On The Living.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Days Before The World Wept,” which will be released tomorrow (October 15). Vicky Psarakis commented:

“Everything that could possibly go wrong with this video shoot, well… did, haha. We had a very difficult time finding the right location, so our vision kept changing. Days before the shoot was scheduled to take place we managed to secure the perfect spot and experimenting with all sorts of cool lighting is what took it to the next level! Musically, ‘Feast On The Living‘ is a much more straightforward metal track. You’re 4 songs into the EP, at this point you know exactly what you’re going to be served and you’re loving it.”

The Agonist To Release New EP “Days Before The World Wept” In October, Premiere “Remnants In Time” Video

The Agonist will be releasing a new EP, titled “Days Before The World Wept,” on October 15. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Days Before The World Wept” Track Listing:

01. “Remnants In Time”
02. “Immaculate Deception”
03. “Resurrection”
04. “Feast on the Living”
05. “Days Before the World Wept”

Vicky Psarakis said the following about the EP:

“There’s a lot I could say about this EP and its importance to the band, but does it matter? Obviously, this is the part where I tell you these are the best songs we’ve put out to date. Honestly — it’s a journey. You’re either gonna reach the end and want to relive it or you’re not… and that’s okay. Let the music speak for itself.”

A video for the effort’s first single, “Remnants In Time,” can be found below. Psarakis added the following about that:

“‘Remnants in Time’ is the first chapter in this story. It marks the final moments of a person’s life and the journey that begins right after.

We wanted the visuals to strongly reflect the lyrics and the concept behind them, and transforming me into a demon was key in that. I’m a huge fan of horror/sci-fi and makeup transformations, so working with a professional makeup artist and the use of prosthetics was the coolest part for me!

This song — and video — is all about extremes. Angelic and demonic, fragile and strong, delicate and aggressive. It embodies a lot of what The AgonisT is about.”

The Agonist Are In The Studio

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 Premiere “Orphans” Music Video

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 Premiere “In Vertigo” Fan Video

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!”

The Agonist Writing New Music

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 Bassist Chris Kells To Miss Upcoming Tour After Being Banned From Entering The U.S.

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.

Kells commented:

“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.”