The  Agonist


The Agonist

Hillbilly Skip found a great band this week known as The Agonist.

The band is ripping Metalcore and led by the sensually evil lyrics of Alissa White-Gluz. Biting and in your face its the kind of music that you do not bring home to your mama.

I have been mezmorized by this band which is slightly softer than my usual fair but the music is different and it has power and raw force and that is enough to get my attention.

Check out their video below and come back as we will be bringing you an interview in the next print issue.


Moe Hillbilly





The Agonist (formerly The Tempest) is a Melodic Metalcore band from Canada, signed to Century Media Records. Hailing from Montreal, The Agonist comprises vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells, drummer Simon McKay and touring guitarist Chris Adolph.

They released their first album Once Only Imagined on August 14, 2007. Released August 28, 2007, the video for PlayBusiness 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. 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.

The Agonist is known primarily for White-Gluz’s ability to use both clean vocals and metal growls. Guitarist Danny Marino, nephew of guitar legend Frank Marino (of Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush), uses a melodic yet aggressive guitar style, making The Agonist’s music both catchy and heavy. The Agonist can also be identified by their creative basslines by Chris Kells, and Simon McKay’s intense and energetic drumming. Also known for their environmental consciousness, song’s themes often revolve around moral concerns such as animal rights, societal dilemmas, and the state of our world.

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 once appeared on Canadian Idol and was named one of “the hottest chicks in metal” in the July 2007 issue of Revolver. She also appeared as a “hottest chick in metal” in the May 2009 issue of Revolver.

The band released their second album, called Lullabies For The Dormant Mind, in March 2009.


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