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The Agonist is a Canadian metal band from Montreal, Quebec. Their debut full-length album, Once Only Imagined was released on August 14, 2007. Their second full-length album, Lullabies for the Dormant Mind was released on March 19, 2009. Alissa White-Gluz uses both vocal fry and clean vocals for the band. They have toured with bands such as Arsonists Get All the Girls, Epica, The Faceless, Chelsea Grin, Kamelot, Visions of Atlantis and many more.

The Agonist (formerly known as The Tempest from 2004–2007), was formed by guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells, and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Legal issues prompted the name change when they signed a contract with record label Century Media Records. They released their first album Once Only Imagined on August 14, 2007. Originally intended as a demo, the release of Once Only Imagined stimulated The Agonist to add metal drummer Simon McKay to the band. Released August 28, 2007, the video for "Business Suits and Combat Boots" was filmed by acclaimed director David Brodsky (Strapping Young Lad, Gwar, God Forbid). The video was voted the number 6 video of the year 2007 on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. After releasing their first album (August 2007), The Agonist toured extensively, playing with bands such as God Forbid, Arsis, The Faceless, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, Epica, Visions of Atlantis, and Enslaved. One of the band's tours was disrupted when its equipment trailer was damaged in a blizzard in the Rocky Mountains. White-Gluz was named one of "the hottest chicks in metal" in the July 2007 issue of Revolver.

The band released their second album, called Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, in March 2009. The mini-video for "...And Their Eulogies Sang Me To Sleep" off the album Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, also filmed by director David Brodsky, was released April 18, 2009. Shortly following this, on April 22, 2009, was a video for the song "Birds Elope With The Sun," which consists of live concert footage from the band's tour. Their third video, for the single, Thank You, Pain premiered on the Peta2 Blog on September 3, 2009. The band achieved major popularity with the release of Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, mostly for their single / video "Thank You, Pain". The album debuted at No. 105 on the Billboard Heatseeksers album charts. Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz appeared again as a "hottest chick in metal" in the May 2009 issue of Revolver. While touring Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, The Agonist made their first trips to Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, China, Colombia, and toured Europe. After finishing a tour with Epica and Scar Symmetry in December 2010, the band confirmed on their Facebook page that they are writing a new album to be released in early 2012.

White-Gluz told metalconcerts.net that the band's music has become more mature, not necessarily heavier or more melodic. She elaborated by saying there are more "classic" influences like Pantera and Radiohead. The Agonist will take part in the "Pandemonium over North America" tour with Kamelot, Alestorm and Blackguard. Guitarist Danny Marino will be unable to tour with the band and will be replaced by ex-Catalyst guitarist Justin Deguire. Vocalist White-Gluz confirmed on her facebook account that in support of the tour an EP entitled The Escape will be available on iTunes and through pre-order from CM Distro from September 3. It was mixed by Tue Madsen who is known for his work with The Haunted, Dark Tranquility and Suicide Silence. The EP will have two tracks scheduled to appear on the band's third full length album. The third studio album is currently slated for an early 2012 release via Century Media records and is being produced by the band's longtime producer Christian Donaldson. Alissa has expressed creative difficulties in writing the record. According to her, Simon was heavily involved in the songwriting process which has influenced her vocals and song structures. She told Lithium Magazine that the record could be good for someone with an open mind musical taste, or bad for someone who only likes Thank You, Pain. The album's final recording processes will take place after the current tour leading into Christmas.

The Agonist are known primarily for Alissa White-Gluz's ability to use both clean vocals and metal growls and Danny Marino's use of two or more intersecting melodies and unorthodox chords often featuring wide intervals and octave displacements. Songs' themes often revolve around moral concerns such as animal rights, societal dilemmas, and the state of the world. 5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!, February 2, 2011 By saiyanprince32 (Fresno, CA USA) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) First off...Im generally not a big fan of the death metal growls, but I was messing around on youtube, I came across a short clip of Thank You, Pain and I was floored by it. Next day I went and bought Lullabies For The Dormant Mind and the album is just amazing. The mix of vocal styles and the playing all goes together amazingly. Im not a fan of the Swan Lake track, but that doesnt really take away from the album as a whole. Even if you're not a big fan of death metal vocals, I still recommend this to any metal fan. 10/10

5.0 out of 5 stars I love finding new bands...these guys (and gal) are amazing!, December 3, 2010 By R. Anderson (Bellevue, WA) - See all my reviews (VINE VOICE) (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lullabies For The Dormant Mind (MP3 Download) I saw the Agonist open for Epica/Scar Symmetry/Blackgard in Seattle on 12/2/10. I actually tried to show up late, because the only band I really wanted to see was Scar Symmetry. We showed up around 9:00, but the show hadn't even started yet. I'm so glad, because I was completely blow away by this band. So much energy, and melodic/aggressive/powerful metal. White-Gluz's vocals are amazing. I love music that mixes up clean and screaming/growling vocals. It adds so much more of a layer to the music. This band does it so well. And they were so good live. It's sometimes tough to get a good impression of a band live when you're not familiar with their music, but these guys came across so well. After the show, a couple members of the band, including the singer, went to the back of the venue and signed autographs and took pictures with fans. Very cool thing to do. I couldn't wait to get home and D/L this album. Absolutely no regrets. First impressions, "Thank you Pain" and "Birds Elope" are just epic!! If you like this genre of music, by all means pick this album up. I will definitely try to see them live again...they have found a new fan!

4.0 out of 5 stars So good it hurts!, June 25, 2010 By misha2707 - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) I have been lukewarm on The Agonist ever since the demo for Century Media when they were called The Tempest. They were okay, but not exceptional, so I didn't buy thier first album. Needless to say, I still don't feel the need to pick that album up. Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, however, shows a marked improvement from these canadians. The Agonist plays an interesting form of metalcore...oh wait, it's deathcore...oh wait, grindcore...oh wait, black metal--okay make that symphonic black metal...or is it death metal...thrash?...gothic metal?...opera?...WTF? These guys and gal show traces of each genre listed above. That said, it comes off quite miraculous that it doesn't sound like refuse. As a matter of fact, it is quite good. This is coming from a guy who doesn't like much metalcore. This singer is impressive in her delivery and style as well as in the fact that she can go from soprano opera to brutal death growl and everything (and I do mean everything) in between. I can write scathing comments about every style of vocal she uses and mention more than once how it clashes with another style, but for all the good it does, I might as well be a BP employee trying to stem the flow of BS from the Gulf (thanks, No Clean Singing for that astute reference). For all the various styles, it is incredible how it all blends into one massive pretty picture, kind of like the album cover. I listen to alot of metal music, and I can tell you that this isn't your average metalcore band. If what I have said prior to this hasn't explained the music and how I feel about it, maybe a comparison will do. These guys sound like a cross between Within Temptation and Beneath the Sky. Yes, that ought to do it. If you like either of those bands, you might want to give The Agonist a listen or two. Even if you don't like either of the above mentioned bands, you still might take a liking to The Agonist. This is very diverse, especially as it is founded upon the backbone of metalcore, and the musicians are all very talented. Go get this. I think you'll like it. Lullabies for the Dormant Mind conjures up 4.3/5 stars. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report abuse | Permalink Comment Comment 0 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good band!!, December 11, 2009 By Jeremy Sweet "Phantom778" (U.S.A) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Lullabies For The Dormant Mind (MP3 Download) All I can say is BEST BAND IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!!! Alyssa White-Gluz the band vocalist is the best female screamer in the genre in my opinion. And Simon Mckay their drummer is one of the best drummers I've ever heard! BUY THIS ALBUM NOW! lol

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars Everything But The Kitchen Sink..., November 23, 2009 By Patrick F. (St. Louis, MO) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) The Agonist is a female fronted progressive death metal band from the great white north, Canada. "Lullabies For The Dormant Mind" is their sophomore album that was hyped as an "album ahead of it's time", by it's label, Century Media. Bottom line is this is a modern metal band that infuses hardcore, death metal, deathcore, metal core, and black metal, with sometimes menacing vocals, and sometimes orchestral and soaring clean vocals; in short: polarizing. 1. The Tempest (4:46) 9/10 2. ...And Their Eulogies Sang Me To Sleep (3:32) 9/10 3. Thank You, Pain (3:45) 9/10 4. Birds Elope With The Sun (4:30) 9/10 5. Waiting Out the Winter (4:03) 8/10 6. Martyr Art (4:31) 7.5/10 7. Globus Hystericus (3:41) 9/10 8. Swan Lake (A Cappella) (2:53) N/A 9. The Sentient (3:39) 8.5/10 10. When the Bough Breaks (4:13) 9/10 11. Chlorpromazine (4:07 ) 7/10 Overall: 11 tracks, @ 43:38 8/10 This album sounds exactly like I thought it would. You see, their debut album "One Only Imagined" was formulaic. Breakdowns littered every song, and it wasn't as technical as it wanted you to think it was, if you know what I mean. I knew that this band would branch out to incorporate more types of metal, and use less breakdowns, and they would try and appear more extreme, and unique. Well...they tried that. But at times, I feel like you can hear that they tried to sound that way, it doesn't come across natural for this band. And while being way more technical and intricate, some of the song writing was thrown in the recycle bin. So while "Once Only Imagined" was more connect-the-dots metal, I liked it that way; I enjoyed the breakdowns, and I enjoyed the structure, and the songs were well written modern metalcore. Musically: This album contains great guitar work; there are death metal riffs, thrash riffs, progressive metal riffs, etc. Even a trace of black metal appears. This isn't easy stuff to play. Chris' bass lines shine through, in all their rumbling splendor on some tracks, most notably track one, "The Tempest". Simon's drumming isn't what you would normally hear of a lot of records. Their are many fills and runs that keep the drumming interesting. Like I said, the songs sometimes feel like parts, instead of songs, but it is definitely above average in the musical skill department. The piano touches are nice too, a little added bonus. Vocally: Alissa has a wide range of vocals. She uses a low guttural vocal; like a death metal vocalist, she uses a mid toned scream like a lot of hardcore and modern metal bands, and she uses a very clean operatic voice that makes her truly a triple threat. Sometimes her lows seem forced and cliché, but otherwise she is a very versatile vocalist. I don't like all of the background harmonies that are going on in these songs this time around though. They seem to clutter the tracks and add nothing positive. Lyrically: Alissa's topics of choice are amazing. I really relate to what she writes about. She writes about personal feelings of death anxiety and depression, and loneliness in amazing, articulate and visual ways. But, she hit's the bulls eye even more for me is that she writes about animal rights, the beauty (and decay) of nature, the connectedness of all, and the loveless life we encounter if we don't understand the beauty of our home. Her lyrics are like "Ishmael" and "1984" mixed with personal, reflective, and soul barring journal entries. A + in my book. So overall it is a solid record, even though my preceding paragraphs might seem otherwise. It just takes a few times for it all to sink in, and form songs if you will. It's hard to pick between the two releases for me. The last song brings this down a half point to an 8/10 for me, as I think the quiet parts really bring it down. A good album from a band wit crazy technical prowess.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Agonist My Favorite Band!!!!!!!!, November 20, 2009 By Metal667 (NC) - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) The Agonist my absolute favorite band!!! This CD with Thank You, Pain my favorite song that saved my life as well!!!!! This band especially cares about their fans on a personal level. Alissa White Gluz what tremendous power behind her vocals and excellent!!!!! NOT ONLY DOES SHE GROWL SHE ALSO HAS WHAT FEELS LIKE AN OPERA VOICE to me. She mixes in all of those which makes this even better of an album. The guitars well the whole band is just outstanding. I really cannot say enough good things on this CD. Since I own both CD's by The Agonist I can give this 2 thumbs up + my 8 fingers up as well. My hats off, my hands and arms up to The Agonist!!!!!

4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't sit up and take note, October 6, 2009 By Daniel W. Ingraham (Carrboro, NC USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) Let me preface by saying I was already an Agonist fan. I think this band has really phenomenal potential, I think they moved into new space technically with this album, but (if they stay together), the best is definitely yet to come. Recording a movement from Swan Lake with Alissa singing various notes as bound into a keyboard (or maybe Garage Band, it's so hard to tell here) is not a track I would have liked to see on the album. By the same token, the overall cohesion of The Sentient and Waiting Out the Winter felt substantially improved to me. Overall, I'm still waiting for The Agonist's best. So far they've only shown me intellectual exercises.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning, September 26, 2009 By E. Bender (SLO, CA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) After my first listen of Lullabies For The Dormant Mind I was simultaneously stunned and astounded. Alissa White-Gluz is an absolute banshee with that mic - it's UNREAL (not to mention she's gorgeous!). She is the new queen of the female metal vocalists without a doubt. Her vocal range is nearly beyond comprehension both screams and clean vocals. As for the actual music that accompanies that monster with the microphone...well, it's incredible too. Their first album, Once Only Imagined, was a more straight-forward metalcore release with Alissa experimenting every so often with some clean passages, but nothing felt really cohesive or whole-hearted. It was a good first effort from these guys, however, Lullabies For The Dormant Mind is an enormous step up and beyond in terms of technicality, production and delivery. There isn't a song on this album that I don't like, including the A Capella masterpiece arranged by Alissa herself. If you're looking for a new band and a refreshing sound that's not that same run of the mill stuff then please look into buying this album. In this band lies very much potential. They could turn metal upside down. This album is pure sonic splendor that should not be looked over.

4.0 out of 5 stars Lullabies for the Dormant Mind, May 19, 2009 By Curtis Sleveland (redmond, wa usa) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) my computer recognizes this cd as the "once only imagined" album. I tried to contact cdimport and amazon as well... have not received any responses. The music is all there but I think theres a problem somewhere that needs attention. whats wrong with this cd? is it a bootleg? I have bought from cdimport several times, this is the only purchase I have any complains about.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Agonist continues to rock, May 5, 2009 By Jeffrey P. Hatcher "D!ztanz" (Walker, Louisiana) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) If you are a fan of the first album, this is a must have. They have a great formula that works and in no way does this album dissapoint. Buy It.

4.0 out of 5 stars I'm really digging this band, May 3, 2009 By Claudio Lassala (Houston, TX USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) I've really enjoyed their previous album; the only thing I didn't like was the drum sound, which was too fake. This new album fixes that issue, and is a lot better overall. The songwriting is great, the singer is doing a great job. I don't have anything bad to say about it. If you're into bands such as Arch Enemy, but also appreciate some clean vocals, you enjoy this album. I'm looking forward to catching them live again this year.

5.0 out of 5 stars This is growth ..., April 10, 2009 By S. Deciantis "soloscat" (SC) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) I really enjoyed The Agonist's first record - while musically it was fairly standard metalcore, the lyrics and vocals are quite original. Alyssa's performance was definitely what drew me in, and the music at times perfectly set her up to deliver a stunning growl or haunting scream. Lullabies for the Dormant Mind shows that the rest of the band has talent. It is much more technical from start to finish, while still maintaining the varied musical style. The record sounds different from one track to the next, to the ear that appreciates serious metalcore. Alyssa said that she experimented more on this record, and the record backs that up. Her melodic parts on this record are much stronger, and her screams and growls seem more varied, which I didn't think was possible. I've read some reviews that said that there's too much musical variety here, that there were too many layers. While I can see that at times, it is still refreshing to hear a band try something new, and overall it turned out brilliantly. There's room for growth, but I'm completely pleased with this record. The quality of the lyrics are even better, with some new subject matter. The lyrics are all there in the CD booklet, which is good because they're not online yet. Bottom line, if you want to hear a band who is arranging songs in new ways with multiple elements, and a lyricist/vocalist who throws everything she has into her art, and you like heavy, rough-around-the-edges-at-times music, order this record. I'm ready to see them live in a couple weeks.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome mix of feeling and technicality!, March 15, 2009 By guitarchick647 (Montreal, Canada) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) This album is a wonderful mixture of so many musical genres; trash, prog, metalcore, gothic, classical, etc. I was taken in by this interesting ensemble. The album artwork, themed band pics, and colours make Lullabies For The Dormant Mind a complete work and really add to the feel of the music. It's somewhat of a twisted dreamworld where songs like "...And Their Eulogies Sang Me to Sleep" is dark and haunting, "Globus Hystericus" is intelligent and thought provoking, and White-Gluz's acappella version of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" is beautiful and moving. It has many elements of their more metalcore first album Once Only Imagined, such as some heavy breakdowns accompanied by heavy growls. But Lullabies adds a gothic veil to the mix, adding orchestral accompaniment, killer guitar solos, and some ghostly operatic backup vocals. Overall, Lullabies For The Dormant Mind is a huge step up for The Agonist. It's a must have for all metal collections, in my opinion. I can't wait to here more from them!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sophmore effort!, March 10, 2009 By Mike Moses - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Audio CD) I first fell in love with this band when I found them on myspace a long time ago. I picked up their first cd and loved it! When I found out they had a follow up coming in march of 09 I became very excited. Let me just say this. It has not left my cd player yet! I've listened to it at least 9x in a row so far and each listen is better and better!!