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The Agonist


When a group decides to get rid of a member, especially a founding member, it can be just as ugly as a nasty divorce - and as accusatory.

The Agonist, an Extreme Metal band from Montreal, formed in '04 with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, guitarist Danny Marino and bassist Chris Kells.

A decade and three albums later, did The Agonist jettison White-Gluz in favor of Vicky Psarakis. Or did White-Gluz have her own Arch Enemy agenda?

"Little did I know that they (the band) were lying to my face and they were actually going behind my back trying to find someone to replace me," White-Gluz later explained. "They all came to my house and basically kicked me out of the band, spit in my face, locked me out of my emails - what a big f*cking mess. I was in total shock that the band I had built for ten years - for more than a third of my life at that point - was now stolen from me."

The Agonist were known for "Business Suits And Combat Boots" which was voted the #6 video of '07 on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball and "Lullabies For The Dormant Mind," featuring the song "Thank You Pain." The '09 album debuted at #105 on the Billboard Heatseeksers album chart.




White-Gluz, who'd been named one of "the hottest chicks in Metal" in an '07 issue of Revolver, was selected to replace Angela Gossow as frontwoman of Arch Enemy.

"It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends," wrote White-Gluz on Arch Enemy's Facebook page.

It was after that announcement that The Agonist introduced Psarakis.

"I had every intention of (and had even started) writing and recording yet another killer album this year, but my former band-mates decided to choose a different path."

So what caused the fracture? Musical differences, lack of a major breakthrough or White-Gluz's Arch Enemy discussions? Depends on who you talk to.

The '15 album "Eye Of Providence" was the first with Psarakis. The Agonist then signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records, who released the group's fifth album, appropriately titled "Five," the following year.
The Agonist Discography

Albums:

2007 Once Only Imagined
2009 Lullabies For The Dormant Mind
2012 Prisoners
2015 Eye Of Providence
2016 Five

EPs:

2011 The Escape
2014 Disconnect Me



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