The Facebook Announcement:
Dear friends, it’s time to make a very difficult but necessary announcement.
We have decided that The Agonist as a band, has come to an end. Much deliberation and care has been put into making this decision, and unfortunately, given the circumstances, this is the conclusion that makes the most sense for the band and us as individuals.
There are many factors that led to this decision. It is a mix of personal, financial and industry related issues, but in the end the 5 of us are no longer able to agree on a way forward that would benefit The Agonist business as a whole, while respecting each member’s personal lives and wishes.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to the fans for coming out to the shows, buying our merch, and supporting us over the years. Nothing is more satisfying than connecting with our fellow human beings via the gift of music. It is the number one factor that has always driven us- to make you, the listener, feel something. In the end, we know that we’ve accomplished this together. Continue reading Breaking News: Canada’s The Agonist Has Disbanded→
As winter steadily approaches, the time to announce the spring tours for the coming year seem to be picking up steam. This next announcement reveals the plans for Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse who have a very interesting proposition for the Metalheads of this nation. Dig in.
The Press Release:
Italian orchestral-death metal giants FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE will make their triumphant return to North America in 2020 in support of their critically lauded album, Veleno. For the first time in the band’s celebrated career they’ll be doing a full tour accompanied by a classical string quartet, which will be an unprecedented experience for death metal fans. FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE will be joined by special guests THE AGONIST on the excursion, that begins in Dallas, TX on March 16th and culminates in Los Angeles on April 6th. Ticket onsales are listed below. Continue reading Fleshgod Apocalypse Announces 2020 North American Tour→
Eluveitie returns to the Big Metal Apple for a rousing night of Folk Metal. Joining them will be The Agonist and Martina Edoff. Please note that this tour was initially headlined by Epica who had to cancel the remaining dates and return home due to family emergency. All tickets are still valid but those wishing a refund should contact their point of purchase. Eluveitie and Agonist will play extended sets in the absence of Epica.
The Memorial Day weekend had just finished and not only did it bring us some long overdue warm weather but the workaday week started off with the news that both Epica and Eluveitie were teaming up with Revolver Magazine and heading out on tour together in the Fall. Check out the press release and the poster below and I’ll toss my thoughts into the mix about this one afterward.
The Press Release:
EPICA and ELUVEITIE Partner With Revolver Magazine For North American Co-Headlining Tour This Fall; THE AGONIST Supporting On All Dates
This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA and Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s THE AGONIST supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tourdates and VIP ticketing information. EPICA front-woman Simone Simons says the following about the upcoming tour: Continue reading Epica & Eluveitie Team Up For Fall Tour 2015→
A few months ago, we lined out some overview on a couple of tracks by The Agonist, when they delivered their digital only single “Disconnect Me” which sonically introduced us to their new lead singer Vicky Psarakis. If you missed that review item, please click THIS LINK so you can be brought up to speed. Now its time to check out the brand new official video for the song “Gates Of Horn and Ivory”.
The Press Release:
Montreal’s THE AGONIST will release their new album EYE OF PROVIDENCE on February 24 in North America and February 23 in Europe via Century Media Records. EYE OF PROVIDENCE is the follow up to THE AGONIST’s 2012 album PRISONERS and will be the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The band has just completed the official video for “Gates of Horns and Ivory.” You can watch it now on the Century Media YouTube channel here:
About The Clip: Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the video: “We had a great time shooting the Gates of Horn and Ivory video with our good friend and long time collaborator David Brodsky. It was great to finally have a video where we get to laugh at ourselves as well! If you’ve ever met the band you would know were not always as serious as our music may let on. The title and lyrics of Gates of Horn and Ivory were inspired by the ancient Greek text The Odyssey. It is said that within dreams should you see something enter through gates made of horn you can know it to be true in life. If the gates are ivory that it is a deception, and in life you should not trust whatever you saw come through those gates. It’s a very interesting concept and I adapted it to things I have witnessed in my life. For the video we decided to use the music industry as the setting for the duality of horn (truth) and ivory (deception).”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ll keep this short and sweet but I have to say that I enjoyed this video. At first we see the band dealing with all sorts of fashionable stylists and trying to conduct themselves in a classier sort of manner but slowly are rebelling against the directors and all of the hair and makeup people as well as the choreographers. I found myself chuckling during some of these comedic scenes and will say that I loved how Vicky looked when she was all dolled up. After the rebellion against conformed style happens the band finishes performing the track in a messy warehouse scenario that looked like any dingy rehearsal space that you might have jammed out in if you were in a band. Good stuff and the tune rocks as well but this narrative is purely about the video. Good to see Brodsky and team on point once more as a fan of his work. Be sure to stay tuned for more about The Agonist once we get to some album reviewing. Let me know if you liked the video down below in the comments.