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Music: The Agonist
The current line-up: From left to right: Danny, Paco, Vicky, Chris, Simon.

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The Agonist (formerly known as The Tempest) is a Canadian Melodic Death Metal/metalcore band from Montreal, characterised by topical lyrics, complex guitar work and a female lead who can sing (well) in both clean and growling vocals.

Their lyrics often consider themes that you might not expect from a death metal band, such as animal rights, social injustice and other contemporary issues. This fits in with the band's name: "Agonist" means initiator/starter of something.

In March of 2014, Alissa White-Gluz announced that she had been chosen as the next frontwoman for Arch-Enemy. She also revealed that the band, as fans knew it, was "over", and that Vicky Psarakis would be taking over as vocalist. They have new material in production, and the new album will be released on February 23 2015. You heard it here first.

Their current line-up is:
  • Vicky Psarakais - Vocals (2014 - )
  • Danny Marino - Guitar (2004 - )
  • Chris Kells - Bass, Background Growls (2004 - )
  • Simon McKay - Drums, Live Drums (2007 - )
  • Pascal "Paco" Jobin - Guitar (2010 - )

Former members include:
  • Derek Nadon - Drums (? - 2007)
  • Andrew Tapley - Guitar (2008 - 2009)
  • Chris Adolph - Guitar on tour (2009)
  • Justin Deguire - Guitar on tour (2011)
  • Alissa White-Gluz - Vocals, Lyrics, Planning of the Album Artwork (2004 - 2014)

So far they have released three studio albums, one EP and one single:
  • Once Only Imagined (2007)
  • Lullabies For The Dormant Mind (2009)
  • The Escape (EP) (2011)
  • Prisoners (2012)
  • Disconnect Me (Single) (2014)

And they have music videos for:


The Agonist provide examples of:


    Technical Death MetalArkaik
Neil YoungCanadian MusicArcade Fire
    DeathcoreBring Me The Horizon
The Dillinger Escape PlanMetalcoreAll That Remains
Folk MetalMelodic Death MetalAll That Remains
After ForeverMetalAlestorm
The Age Of InformationTurnOfTheMillennium/MusicChristina Aguilera

alternative title(s): The Agonist
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