After spending a few months in the studio, Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based female-fronted melodic death metallers THE AGONIST are ready to hit the road in North America as part of a package tour with KAMELOT, ALESTORM, and BLACKGUARD. Unfortunately, THE AGONIST lead guitarist Danny Marino will be unable to join the band on this trek, and will be replaced by ex-THE CATALYST guitarist Justin Deguire on rhythm guitar while Pascal "Paco" Jobin takes over lead guitar duties.
For fans that have been patiently waiting for new material from THE AGONIST, this tour will be the first opportunity to get their hands on the band's latest release. "The Escape" EP featuring two songs from THE AGONIST's upcoming full-length album ("Lonely Solipsist" and "The Escape") will be sold exclusively on the road and online at CM Distro for the duration of the tour. The only way to get your hands on a physical copy of this limited-edition EP is to catch the band on its run with KAMELOT or to order via CM Distro. The EP will also be available in a digital format after the tour.
Mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SUICIDE SILENCE), THE AGONIST's new full-length album is slated for an early 2012 release via Century Media Records.
In a recent interview with MetalConcerts.net, THE AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz stated about the musical direction of the follow-up to 2009's "Lullabies For A Dormant Mind", "I wouldn't say it's heavier or more melodic. I think it sounds more mature. It has the same sort of schizophrenic side that 'Lullabies' has, but it also has some other I guess what you would call classic influences. Like, there's some PANTERA influence, there's some RADIOHEAD influence. I mean, there's a lot of influences that we didn't really have before."
"Lullabies For A Dormant Mind" debuted at No. 105 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.