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]

Soilwork Premiere Music Video For New Song “Feverish”, Stream New Version Of “Stålfågel” Feat. Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz

Soilwork have premiered a new video for their new song “Feverish.” This track is the first in a trilogy of songs that will be released across the next five months to “celebrate the Babylonian Death Goddesses that once made the world a more Feverish and exciting place.”

Soilwork commented:

“We have all been feverish. We have all sometimes given in to the temperature rising inside of us, being ridden by a ghost that made us do things we didn’t want to do, but it somehow felt good afterwards, like a purging of the mortal organism that confines us.

Some people say that our bodies were originally designed to have a higher temperature. That when humanity first evolved our bodies were constantly feverish, the warmth subduing our control mechanisms and the neuroutic, nervous behavior we seem to be so prone to these days.

And that might be one of the reasons we were able to proliferate and conquer the world. and subdue its natural inhabitants. Perhaps it’s time to let go again, to unleash the fire still burning within us, biding its time and still hoping to one day be able to take over?”

In other news, the group have also released a new version of “Stålfågel” featuring Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz:

Alissa White-Gluz Denies Trying To Sabotage The Agonist

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.”

She continued:

“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:

Napalm Records:

“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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz Voices Character In “Gears 5”

Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz has revealed that she has voiced the “Swarm Hunter” in “Gears 5.” That game serves as the latest installment in the “Gears Of War” series and it will be available on September 10.

The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis On Former Singer Alissa White-Gluz: “She Has Been Trying To Kill This Band Ever Since She Was Fired”

During an interview with Rock Confidential, The Agonist singer Vicky Psarakis claimed that former frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) has “been trying to hold [the band] back” ever since she exited the group in 2014. Her comments were made while discussing the obstacles the band faced while trying to secure a release date for their new album “Orphans” (out September 20).

Psarakis said the following when asked about the hurdles the band had to deal with when it came to getting the record out:

“Basically, the main thing is that we didn’t have a label at the time. And that is for reasons aside from the music. A lot of things happen that I personally don’t deal with at all. I don’t even wanna deal with it. I’m just here to write music and sing. Some people out there didn’t want us to release this album and we just kept really, really pushing and pushing and we almost considered just releasing it on our own — which isn’t a smart business decision. But we were, I think after six months, we were frustrated and sitting on this album that’s so good and we couldn’t do anything about it. And then finally, Napalm reached out to us and proposed to release it under a sub-label of theirs called Rodeostar. And as far as we’re concerned, we’re using all the same resources from Napalm — the same team of people, same social media outlets. So we were, like, ‘Okay, let’s do it.'”

She also added the following when asked who didn’t want the band to release the album:

“I think it’s okay if I were to speak openly about it. I’m not one to cause drama but I think for anyone that’s out there and watching and kind of seeing what’s going on, I think it’s fairly obvious that the person that’s been trying to hold us back is Alissa. In the beginning, she was doing it a lot through interviews and just talking very badly about the band members. That is super awkward for me, because this is a person I’ve never met in my life, so it’s weird for me to be talking about it. There’s no knowing how far and to what extent her reach could be to hold this band back. I definitely know some stuff that she’s done and other things are just speculation. So, I don’t wanna throw that out there, but I will say that she has been trying to kill this band ever since she was fired.”

Arch Enemy, Sabaton, Etc. Members To Guest On New BABYMETAL Album “Metal Galaxy”

BABYMETAL have officially revealed the track listing for their new album “Metal Galaxy.” The effort will be released on October 11 and it will feature a number of special guests including: Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Sabaton‘s Joakim Brodén, Tak Matsumoto, F.Hero, and Polyphia‘s Tim Henson and Scott LePage.

“Metal Galaxy” Track Listing:

01. “FUTURE METAL”
02. “DA DA DANCE” (feat. Tak Matsumoto)
03. “Elevator Girl” (English version)
04. “Shanti Shanti Shanti”
05. “Oh! MAJINAI” (feat. Joakim Brodén)
06. “Brand New Day” (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage)
07. “Night Night Burn!”
08. “IN THE NAME OF”
09. “Distortion” (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
10. “PA PA YA!!” (feat. F.HERO)
11. “Kagerou”
12. “Starlight”
13. “Shine”
14. “Arkadia“

Tour Dates:

U.S. (with Avatar):

09/04 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
09/06 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
09/08 Washington, DC – The Anthem
09/11 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09/13 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
09/15 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09/18 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
09/20 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/21 Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center
09/23 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
09/24 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
09/27 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
09/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
09/30 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/01 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/04 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum (no Avatar)
10/13 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock
10/15 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater (no Avatar) (feat. The Hu)
10/16 Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre (no Avatar) (feat. The Hu)

Europe/UK:

02/03 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset
02/04 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
02/05 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega Main Hall
02/08 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
02/09 Paris, FRA – Elysee Montmartre
02/11 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
02/13 Cologne, GER – Carlswerk Victoria
02/14 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
02/16 Brussels, BEL – AB
02/17 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/19 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
02/20 Cardiff, UK – The Great Hall
02/22 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
02/23 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
02/26 Helsinki, FIN – House Of Culture
02/28 St. Petersburg, RUS – M1
03/01 Moscow, RUS – Adrenaline Stadium