Suffocation, Ihsahn, The Agonist, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aether Realm, The Agonist, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Axxis, Bloodbound, Candlemass, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Grave Digger, Haggard, Ihsahn, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves’ Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, Trollfest, Venom, and Wintersun.

Fleshgod Apocalypse To Be Joined By String Quartet On Spring North American Tour

Fleshgod Apocalypse have announced a special North American tour that will find them performing with a string quartet. The Agonist will serve as support on this run.

Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Francesco Paoli commented:

“Once again, we’re sharing the stage with a wonderful string ensemble and, this time, in some of the best live music clubs across North America. About a year ago, we had the pleasure to perform a special show in our hometown with a classical string quintet. We filmed the entire event and, a few months later, it became our first ever official live Blu-Ray, ‘An Evening In Perugia.’ Right after that, we’ve been literally flooded with requests from all over the world to make it happen abroad. Everyone in our team, including band, management and label, could only work at making it happen as soon as possible.

So here we are, bringing the full experience across North America in March/April 2019. For the first time in the history of Death Metal, a band is touring with a full string ensemble. Every night will be a night to remember, featuring the longest set we’ve ever played in the continent. No excuses to miss it then, every single detail is going to be perfect and, above all, it might be a once-in-a-lifetime event… Don’t hesitate and get your ticket before it’s too late! Let’s write a new page of Death Metal history together!”

Tour Dates:

03/16 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
03/17 Austin, TX – Emo’s
03/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
03/20 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/21 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
03/22 Brooklyn, NY – The Warsaw
03/23 Quebec City, QC – Le D’Auteuil
03/24 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona
03/25 Toronto, ON – Phoenix, Concert Theatre
03/26 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
03/27 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
03/28 Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
03/29 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/31 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/01 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/02 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/04 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
04/05 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
04/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater

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]

The Agonist Premiere “As One We Survive” Music Video

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’!”

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.”