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The Agonist (formerly known as The Tempest) is a Canadian Melodic Death Metal/metalcore band from Montreal, characterised by topical lyrics, complex guitar work and a female lead who can sing (well) in both clean and growling vocals.

Their lyrics often consider themes that you might not expect from a death metal band, such as animal rights, social injustice and other contemporary issues.

Their current line-up is:

  • Alissa White-Gluz - Vocals, Lyrics
  • Danny Marino - Guitar
  • Chris Kells - Bass, Background Growls
  • Simon McKay - Drums
  • Pascal "Paco" Jobin - Guitar

Former members include:

  • Andrew Tapley - Guitar
  • Chris Adolph - Guitar on tour (2009)
  • Justin Deguire - Guitar on tour (2011)

So far they have released three studio albums and one EP:

  • Once Only Imagined (2007)
  • Lullabies For The Dormant Mind (2009)
  • The Escape (EP) (2011)
  • Prisoners (2012)

And they have music videos for:


The Agonist provide examples of:

  Simon: "Baseball bats, spiked clubs, grenades, TNT...do you think we could procure a flamethrower?"

 Alissa: I feel like as a band we are sync'd with nature in the worst way possible.

  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle - Born Dead Buried Alive sounds like it's about to end on a long, fading guitar chord, then cuts back in and plays for another 30 seconds.
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