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

The Agonist, Conquer Divide, Etc. Members Cover Doja Cat’s “Say So”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist, Sicksense), Samantha Landa (Conquer Divide), and Cody Johnstone have joined forces for a metal cover of Doja Cat’s “Say So.” You can check that out below. Psarakis commented:

“This version is based on the heavy arrangement Doja Cat performed at the 2020 MTV EMAs – with a few unique twists of our own! In hip-hop culture, it’s not cool to ‘bite’ anyone’s style or lyrics, so I wanted to remix the song by writing my own original lyrics that stay true to who I am as an artist.”

Spiritbox, Archspire, Brand Of Sacrifice, The Agonist, Etc. Nominated For 2022 JUNO Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2022 JUNO Awards. The ceremony will take place at the open-air Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place in Toronto, ON on May 15 and the nominees for “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year” can be found below:

* Archspire – “Bleed The Future”
* Brand Of Sacrifice – “Lifeblood”
* Danko Jones – “Power Trio”
* Spiritbox – “Eternal Blue”
* The Agonist – “Days Before The World Wept”

Notably, Spiritbox have also been nominated for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year” alongside Black Pistol Fire, Cleopatrick, MONOWHALES, and Ocie Elliot.

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

Members Of Arch Enemy, Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Etc. Contributed Alien & Creature Voices To The New “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Video Game

A number of metal musicians worked with La Fabrique De Monstres to contribute alien and creature voices to a new video game based on Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” The following artists took part: Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy), Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist), Simon Girard (Beyond Creation), Sébastien Croteau (Necrotic Mutation), Roxana B.L. (Your Last Wish), Raphael Osorio (Our Souls Evolve), Misha Standjofski (Growlers Choir), Corinne Cardinal (Valfreya), Jeff Mott (Hands Of Despair), Marie-Hélène Landry (Obsolete Mankind), Jessica Dupré (Fall Of Stasis), and Emcy Mary Cloud. If you’re interested in checking it out, the game is currently available on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. A trailer can be found below:

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.”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Watch The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis Cover Children Of Bodom’s “Hate Me”

The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis has teamed up with Quentin Cornet and Nils Courbaron for a cover of Children Of Bodom’s “Hate Me.” You can check that out below: