The Agonist, Forsaken Rite and WroughT at Vangelis
August 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Over the course of three full-lengths The Agonist have proved they’re no “Flavor of the Week.” Through great songs, hard work, and an ardent fanbase, the Montreal-based five-piece quickly established themselves as torchbearers of a new generation of Canadian metal, much of it on the shoulders of founding members Danny Marino, Chris Kells, and Alissa White-Gluz. Throughout the last decade, The Agonist spread their respective wings wide, touring with a wide array of notable artists, including Danzig, Kamelot, Corrosion of Conformity, Enslaved, Kittie, and Epica.
Times and circumstances change, however. After parting ways with White-Gluz in 2014—she’s now center stage in labelmates Arch Enemy—, The Agonist set out to find a new vocalist. For a split second, the group considered a frontman to replace White-Gluz, but quickly realized the dynamic wouldn’t work. Searching high and low, they found American vocalist Vicky Psarakis on Youtube. Psarakis wasn’t just covering songs by Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Adele, and Nightwish in the comfort of her home studio. She was magically altering them. Her online performance was enough for The Agonist to request an audition, for which she nailed and the rest is history. “The change has actually been quite smooth overall,” guitarist Marino acknowledges. “Part in thanks to Vicky’s ability to rise to the occasion and our fans open mindedness. I think the fact that the Agonist has often gone outside the box musically has attracted fans that welcome change and new things pretty easily.”
The Agonist, now with Psarakis fronting, are preparing to unfurl Eye of Providence. Powerful, diverse, aggressive, and epic are all buzzwords used to describe the group’s fourth full-length. Album opener “Gates of Horn and Ivory” immediately shows The Agonist’s intentions. There is no escape from Marino and Pascal Jobin’s aggro-melodic riffing, Kells’ storm-like bass, and Simon McKay’s thunderous drums. And no doubt will Psarakis’ screams, growls, and full-bodied clean vocals floor longtime fans and hook new acolytes. This is The Agonist reborn! This fact couldn’t be truer in lead single, “Disconnect Me”. The frontwoman immediately demonstrates she’s ready to be in the ruling class of metal singers, while the rest of her bandmates cleverly pound out a killer song as if it’s nothing. Turns out, Eye of Providence was as effortlessly awesome to make.
Forged in the northern plains of Canada in the city of Edmonton,
Alberta on October of the year 2012, Forsaken Rite has emerged. As far as the mountains of the west and the frost-bitten plains of the east they at last came together to birth the warparty in its infancy. Though small in number they used the inspirations they had all brought from their pasts to form a sound unlike any they had done before. It was not long before companions came forth to join their cause, and at long last a lineup was formed.
Drawing from the lands of the North and their ancestry, they brought forth tales of battle, glory, adventure, dangerous beasts, hearty drinks,and jovial times. After many seasons of change, struggle, and friends come and gone, but Forsaken Rite was ready to take the land by storm. The warparty marches on the northern lands and beyond in search of adventure and glory. Venue by venue, and city by city we crusade to bring forth and share with the world the music that we love so. No genre can truly invoke the same raw emotion, the comradeship,the unity, the mirthfulness or the wonderment that Folk Metal can.
They strive for honour in the heat of battle of every show, reverence of their ancestors, best of times with friends and fans, and harmony with the natural world. We strive to make a name for ourselves and the music we hold dear, to be remembered as we remember those who inspire us, to show the world that there is beauty and power in the ways of old, and to herald the wondrous and magnificent realms of history, nature, mythology and fantasy.