Canadian metal band THE AGONIST have officially called it quits
Earlier today (Wednesday, May 10), the band released the following statement via social media: “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.
“Vicky Psarakis [vocals] will be carrying on with her band, SICKSENSE. 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.
“Simon McKay [drums] is currently looking to join a new 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.
“Chris Kells [bass] 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.
“Danny Marino [guitar] is currently writing music for 2 new projects.
“Pascal ‘Paco’ Jobin [guitar] will be releasing new music with his project LEADING THE BETRAYED.
“Our US-based merch store with Sound Escape Agency will remain open. We have also put together an EU-based store for our European fans. Inventory is final and there will be no restocks. Proceeds will go directly to the band to help us pay off our remaining debt.
“We will survive. At the end of the tunnel there’s always a light.”
THE AGONIST took the stage for the first time ion almost two years in December 2021 at Théâtre Corona in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
THE AGONIST‘s latest release was the EP, “Days Before The World Wept”, which arrived in October 2021 via Napalm Records.
THE AGONIST was co-founded by current ARCH ENEMY singer Alissa White-Gluz in 2004 (then known as TEMPEST). Alissa was revealed as the new singer of ARCH ENEMY on March 17, 2014. That same day, THE AGONIST revealed that they had recruited Vicky Psarakis as their new vocalist.