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.”

The Agonist’s Danny Marino Says He Wouldn’t Rule Out Touring With Arch Enemy

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis Is Open To Having A Conversation With Alissa White-Gluz

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?”

[via Blabbermouth]