Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers “Sally’s Song” From “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has released a video for her cover of “Sally’s Song” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The frontwoman said the following:

“Sally’s song video is up on YouTube! This is my first acapella cover and I’m really proud of the result! All vocals and vocal arrangement was done by me and Cody Johnstone stepped up to mix the 74828483 tracks I sent him… 😅 My job is done, weekend is coming. Time for me to go watch The Nightmare Before Christmas again. 😁”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers Devin Townsend’s “Vampira”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has teamed up with Cody Johnstone for a cover of Devin Townsend’s “Vampira.” You can find a video for that track below. Notably, Townsend also gave the cover his stamp of approval:

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers In Flames’ “Only For The Weak”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has premiered a video for her cover of In Flames’ “Only For The Weak.“ She said the following about that:

“Aaaand it’s out! 😁 Check out my cover of “Only For The Weak” by In Flames! I first heard this song over half of my life ago… “Clayman” was one of the albums that I blasted on repeat as a teenager and a big reason for me getting into death metal! Really happy to have worked with Quentin Cornet on this one. He did an excellent job on recording and mixing the entire track! This is just the beginning of much more to come!”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers Audioslave’s “Be Yourself”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has premiered a video for her cover of Audioslave’s “Be Yourself.“ Like her previous covers, this track features Cody Johnstone.

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers Alter Bridge‘s “Metalingus“

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has premiered a video for her cover of Alter Bridge‘s “Metalingus.“ She said the following:

“SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! By God Almighty it’s here! Bring on the GIFS! Cody Johnstone killed it on the track/mix! ‘Metalingus’ by Alter Bridge, for the one and only Adam Edge Copeland!”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers Alexisonfire‘s “This Could Be Anywhere In The World“

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has premiered a video for her cover of Alexisonfire‘s “This Could Be Anywhere In The World.“ She said the following:

“‘This Could Be Anywhere in the World’… but it’s at home! Me and Cody Johnstone teamed up again for this Alexisonfire classic. This song always gave me the chills and definitely hits home with current events. Hope you are all staying safe and healthy and positive through it all. We’re in this together. Those who stay till the end get to hear my own little spin on the final chorus. And as always… feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comment section. Enjoy!”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers Killswitch Engage’s “My Curse”

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has premiered a video for her cover of Killswitch Engage’s “My Curse.” You can check that out below. Psarakis commented:

“This song was so much fun to do!⁣ A personal favorite from one of the most influential bands in modern metal.⁣ Let me know what you think in the comments! 🤗⁣⁣ P.S. I’ve partnered up with Cody Johnstone (Lindsay Schoolcraft) and we’ve been recording covers nonstop. You can expect lots more to follow… I blame quarantine! Enjoy!”

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]

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’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.”