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#songoftheday = THE AGONIST: “THE MOMENT”

The Agonist is one of those bands that’s impossible to pin down.  Below, it indicates that their music is a mix of death metal and metalcore, but there’s also a progressive element to it, as it frequently twists and turns in different and unexpected directions.  “The Moment” features a lot of clean vocals, so much so that I think they actually outnumber the death metal vocals this time around, which I found to be a refreshing change.  To that end, I’d probably call this song melodic death metal, though the music is definitely int he vein of metalcore during the song’s grinding moments.  Come to think of it, you could probably call it grindcore, too.  During the verses anyway.  The chorus is more like traditional heavy metal, like Black Sabbath on steroids.  But that’s enough trying to pin it down.  Let’s just say that it’s fierce and it’s awesome and you should definitely be listening to it as you read this.

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You might as well check out their other new track while you’re here!

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THE AGONIST European Tour:

27.09.2016 – Fryshuset Klubben- Stockholm, Sweden

28.09.2016 – Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden

30.09.2016 – Tube – Dusseldorf, Germany

01.10.2016 – Epic Metal Fest – Tilburg, Netherlands

02.10.2016 – De Kreun – Kortrijk, Belgium

04.10.2016 – Opera Concert Hall – St. Petersburg, Russia

05.10.2016 – Клуб Театръ – Moscow, Russia

07.10.2016 – Sala Becool – Barcelona, Spain

08.10.2016 – Sala la Burbuja – Castellon, Spain

09.10.2016 – Sala Maladar – Seville, Spain

11.10.2016 – Sala tbc – Lisboa, Portugal

12.10.2016 – Sala Lemon – Madrid, Spain

13.10.2016 – Sala Azkena – Bilbao, Spain

THE AGONIST W/XANDRIA, Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse:

11/4: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater

11/5: Montreal, QC @ Corona

11/6: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall

THE AGONIST W/Arkona, Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse:

11/8: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

11/9: Minneapolis. MN @ Cabooze

11/11: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Event Center

11/12: Calgary, AB @ Marquee

11/13: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch

11/15: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

11/16: Seattle, WA @ Studio 7

11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall

11/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent

11/20: Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel

11/22: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

11/23: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater

11/25: Dallas. TX @ Gas Monkey Live

11/26: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room

11/28: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater

11/29: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

12/1: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

12/2: New York, NY @ Webster Hall

12/3: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

More on THE AGONIST

THE AGONIST is a Canadian extreme metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 2004. The current line up consists of guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal (Paco) Jobin, bassist Chris Kells, drummer Simon Mckay, and vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who joined in March 2014 following the departure of vocalist and founding member Alissa White-Gluz. Both Psarakis and White-Gluz use growled and clean vocals. To date, THE AGONIST has released four studio albums; the latest, “Eye of Providence”, was released in February 2015. Touring extensively since their first album, they have shared the stage with bands such as Arsonists Get All the Girls, Epica, the Faceless, Chelsea Grin, Kamelot and Visions of Atlantis.

PRESS RELEASE:

THE AGONIST will release their new album and Napalm records debut Five on September 30th.  Today the band has dropped the first official video from Five, for the song “The Moment”.  Watch it HERE.

Frontwoman Vicky Psarakis spoke about the making of the video:

“The Moment’ was probably the most exciting and demanding video I’ve had to shoot so far. Chris (bassist / FTB Visuals director) came up to me with the idea to create a “storyline” with a close up of just my face singing the lyrics underwater. And we achieved it by building a box with a plexiglas panel that fit my head, while the rest of my body was standing and perfectly dry. I guess you could say it was scary and awkward to have just your head submerged underwater and a bit dangerous to have to perform the entire song in that position, but honestly, I wouldn’t mind doing the whole thing all over again!”

A lyric video for the first song released “The Chain” can be seen

HERE.

Pre-orders for Five, in various formats and exclusive bundle packages are available now at The Napalm Records Webstore.

Five was produced by Mike Plotnikoff at West Valley Studios.  Mike has engineered and produced such artists as Buckcherry, Flyleaf, My Chemical Romance, Apocalyptica, P.O.D, Halestorm, Skillet, Seether, P.O.D. Three Days Grace, Aerosmith, and Kiss

Maor Appelbaum handled the mastering at Maor Appelbaum Mastering studios.  Maor has had the pleasure of mastering recordings for major international acts such as: Faith No More, Yes, Starset, Ill Nino, Dokken, Fates Warning, Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen, Armored Saint, Lita Ford, Butcher Babies, and more.

Five Track Listing:

  1. The Moment
  2. The Chain
  3. The Anchor And The Sail
  4. The Game
  5. The Ocean
  6. The Hunt
  7. The Raven Eyes
  8. The Wak
  9. The Resurrection
  10. The Villain
  11. The Pursuit Of Emptiness
  12. The Man Who Fell To Earth
  13. The Trial
  14. Take Me To Church (Hozier cover) (Bonus Edition Only)

Youtube info:

Pre-order FIVE here: http://smarturl.it/5-NPR
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/5-DL

Out September 30

“The Moment was probably the most exciting and demanding video I had to shoot so far. Chris (bassist / FTB Visuals director) came up to me with the idea to create a “storyline” with a close up of just my face singing the lyrics underwater. And we achieved it by building a box with a plexiglass panel that fit my head, while the rest of my body was standing and perfectly dry. I guess you could say it was scary and awkward to have just your head submerged underwater and a bit dangerous to have to perform the entire song in that position, but honestly, I wouldn’t mind doing the whole thing all over again!”
~ Vicky Psarakis

Montreal Metal – a seal of approval to be reckoned with: the perfect breeding ground for bands looking for a rather menacing wall of sound! Next to Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre and Cryptopsy THE AGONIST seem to be designed to make it all the way to the top of the extreme metal scene with their fine-tuned mixture of melodic death metal and metalcore. “Five” makes the exceptional position of the Canadian fivepiece even clearer – as well as its goal to escape all things ordinary. Ever since singer Vicky Psarakis joined the group in 2014, THE AGONIST `s knack for touching melodies became much stronger (just give the lascivious ‘The raven eyes’ a whirl), and flirting with alternative rock turned into a habit. Still, there is enough palpable aggression in the air that discharges in technical death metal solos, beastly growls and massive breakdowns. THE AGONIST keep the throne of all things luscious, catchy yet indefinitely brutal!

Produced and mixed by Mike Plotnikoff @ West Valley Studios
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum @ Maor Appelbaum Mastering

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Paris365

An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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