The Agonist - Five
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.
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