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The Agonist - Five

September 30, 2016

 

Today, The Agonist dropped their fifth album, aptly titled 'Five.' With their latest effort, they are poised to dig their heels in and really cement their place in the modern metal scene.  

 

It takes a mere moments into 'Five'to realize that this is no longer Alyssa White-Gluz' former band, but something much greater. On the second album since recruiting the immense vocal talents of singer Vicky Psarakis, the band is playing tighter and more cohesively than ever. The album is laden with catchy hooks and choruses.  

 

The album kicks off with "The Moment" (see video below) giving us a well balanced combination of Psarakis' clean and harsh vocal styles to the backdrop of a an uptempo headbanger.  

 

The album detours mid-way through for "The Raven," where they slow things down for a bit, treating us to both a piano and orchestral accompaniment. This is immediately followed by "The Wake," a very well-placed instrumental to remind us that the melodic side of this band doesn't take a back seat to the death metal side. The break in intensity is short lived, however, as they rip right into "The Resurrection" to follow.

 

Standout tracks are a bit tough to suggest from this album, as it's truly most enjoyable as a complete experience. That said, a few sure to hook just about anyone are "The Pursuit of Emptiness", "The Raven Eyes" and "The Moment." 

 

From beginning to end, 'Five' is a brutal, yet melodic album full of hooks that will have any fan banging their head to these new tracks. With the previously mentioned exception of two mid-album tracks, the album provides a very consistent experience with each track telling a different story. 'Five' is available on September 30th via Napalm Records.  

 

Track list:

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 Wake

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 (Bonus)

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

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 - 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


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
 
/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

 

THE AGONIST - The Moment (Official Video) | Napalm Records

 

 

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