De Canadese melodic death metal band The Agonist, die sinds 2004 bestaat en waar Arch Enemy zangeres Alissa White-Gluz een groot deel van haar carrière onderdeel van was, heeft besloten om uit elkaar te gaan. Huidige leden Vicky Psarakis, Simon McKay, Chris Kells, Danny Marino en Pascal “Paco” Jobin hebben echter geen plannen om te stoppen met muziek, ze zullen allemaal doorgaan met solo of zijprojecten staat uitgelegd in hun statement.
Dear friends, it’s time to make a very difficult but necessary announcement.
We have decided that The Agonist as a band, has come to an end. Much deliberation and care has been put into making this decision, and unfortunately, given the circumstances, this is the conclusion that makes the most sense for the band and us as individuals.
There are many factors that led to this decision. It is a mix of personal, financial and industry related issues, but in the end the 5 of us are no longer able to agree on a way forward that would benefit The Agonist business as a whole, while respecting each member’s personal lives and wishes.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to the fans for coming out to the shows, buying our merch, and supporting us over the years. Nothing is more satisfying than connecting with our fellow human beings via the gift of music. It is the number one factor that has always driven us- to make you, the listener, feel something. In the end, we know that we’ve accomplished this together.
Some members of the band will continue to work on music in various ways, others will focus on personal projects and family. We kindly ask you to respect their privacy on this particular matter and encourage you to follow them on their individual social media accounts to support their future endeavors.
@vickypsarakis will be carrying on with her band, @sickxsense. They have a new EP coming out this summer and she will be playing 2 live shows with them in Montreal, in June. You can also directly support her by following her on Patreon and Twitch.
@simonmckaydrums is currently looking to join a band full-time, while offering session work for studio and live gigs. Also, keep an eye out for new music coming soon from his solo project.
@christopherkells will be focusing on his career as a videographer. Since 2015, he has directed all of The Agonist’s music videos, as well as many other established bands.
@dannymarino is currently writing music for 2 new projects.
@pacoagonist will be releasing new music with his project Leading the Betrayed.
Once again, we thank you and we love you.
“We will survive. At the end of the tunnel there’s always a light.”
De band heeft in totaal 6 studioalbums uitgebracht, waarvan de laatste, “Orphans”, in 2019.