Artist: The Agonist
Title: “Disconnect Me” (Single)
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 4/29/2014
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
With Arch Enemy hiring singer Alissa White-Gluz into their ranks the guys in The Agonist were placed in a bit of a tricky situation and needed to hire a new singer that would first and foremost be capable of handling their type of material and one who could do so with little difficult so’s not to slow down any momentum in their musical progress. Fortunately, they found singer Vicky Psarakis thanks to a YouTube clip and in a move that mirrored what happened with Journey, the match was one that seemed to be made in heaven. Since its going to take some time to prepare a new full-length album, the band has given us two new tracks which I will give you the once over about. Here we go.
“Disconnect Me” – The tune starts off fast and furious with the guys laying heavy on the throttle and this was important to showcase that the switch in vocalists didn’t cause any loss in overall edge. When Vicky kicks into gear with the growling vocals at the onset I felt that she was fitting in like a lock. Having listened to The Agonist since the very early days I felt that I was a good judge of the now newer sound. The Psarakis dishes out the melodic register and while she is very close to how Alissa sounded, she does have her own tone which I think existing fans will follow gladly and new fans will greatly enjoy. The guys perform commendably on the tune and I think this track will be great in concert. Now onto the next one.
“Perpetual Notion” – This was a really good one as well and while there is a fair amount of Darker Growling going on, the larger part of the song is clean, and soaring melodic vocals by Vicky. I loved it and was glad to find just how capable she was with her range. If fans are planning on abandoning the band based on AWG being gone, they will surely be missing out on some great stuff. The musicianship by Danny, Simon, Chris and Paco is spot on during this one as well. Nice work lads. Good luck to all of The Agonist. I look forward to the full new album and to see them performing in concert once more. You should be excited too.
1. Disconnect Me
2. Perpetual Notion
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