The Agonist – Eye of Providence


As is well documented throughout music history, the biggest change a band can make in terms of lineup is their singer. Guitarists and drummers are skilled enough to be chameleons and play note-for-note renditions of songs written by former members, but bring in a new vocalist and there is more onus on changing a sound andAs is well documented throughout music history, the biggest change a band can make in terms of lineup is their singer. Guitarists and drummers are skilled enough to be chameleons and play note-for-note renditions of songs written by former members, but bring in a new vocalist and there is more onus on changing a sound and style to fit their natural abilities. Spare a thought, therefore, for Canadian outfit The Agonist, who had to deal with former frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz departing to join Arch Enemy last year after building up a healthy head of steam with the release of their previous three albums from 2007’s Only Once Imagined through to the cracking Prisoners of 2012. Now though, the band are back with new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, plucked from the world of YouTube, and Eye of Providence, released once more via Century Media. It’s probably worth starting with the biggest question out of all – how noticeable is Alissa’s departure? Well, from the onset and the opening double of singles ‘Gates of Horn and Ivory’ and ‘My Witness Your Victim’, it seems business as usual: the familiar blast beats and harsh vocals, the storming guitar solos and the air that, sooner or later, you’ll have the molecules on […]

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