Screaming and gut wrenching gutturals are difficult enough. Having the capability to alternate between that power and melodic, on key singing is god like. Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz of Canadian metal band The Agonist takes on both singing and screaming to expand her range, giving her band an arsenal of power.
The siren and unmistakably gorgeous frontwoman is backed by guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal “Paco” Jobin, bassist Chris Kells, and drummer Simon McKay. The band utilizes elements of prog rock alongside their metal assault. These are enhanced with White-Gluz’s clean vocals. While angelic, they deliver a commanding presence that captivates the listener.
Founded in 2004, The Agonist has released three albums with their current album titled “Prisoners” being released last year. “Prisoners” is an album that takes the band’s signature sound and makes it more grown up while still remaining heavy. “Panophobia” is a standout track with White-Gluz wasting no time. She starts the track with a scream tinged with a rap cadence. “Panophobia” knows when to push vocal boundaries and the instrumental talent aides in making this one of their best tracks in my opinion.
The Agonist is embarking on a few tour dates starting July 3rd in Mexico, continuing to some select dates in the US, and hitting Germany in October. Hopefully they will add some more dates so all of you can experience this underrated band.