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News - The Agonist
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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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Image: The Agonist, Pitriff, Heavy Metal NewsAfter spending many months in the studio, melodic death metallers THE AGONIST will finally be unleashing their long-awaited third studio album, Prisoners, on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. The band is now ready to give fans their first preview of this upcoming release with the premiere of their new single, "Ideomotor"! Head over to Guitar to hear this track:

Produced by Christian Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY) and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SUICIDE SILENCE), Prisoners picks right up where 2009's Lullabies for the Dormant Mind left off, with soaring melodies over complex metal passages that fans of thinking-man's metal can appreciate. Throughout their North American tour with KITTIE (which kicks-off today!), THE AGONIST will be selling digital download cards that feature two tracks from Prisoners : "Ideomotor" and the previously limited edition EP-only track "The Escape". These tracks will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release date, so be sure to catch the band on the road with the heavy metal maidens in KITTIE. Dates for this trek are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

THE AGONIST tour dates feat. KITTIE
4/10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
4/11 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
4/12 - Reading, PA - Reverb
4/13 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
4/14 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall
4/15 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Grill and the Reverb
4/16 - Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
4/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave
4/18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
4/19 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
4/20 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
4/21 - Edmonton, AL - Pawn Shop
4/22 - Prince George, BC - The Generator
4/23 - Vancouver, BC - Red Room
4/24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
4/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
4/27 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
4/28 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's
4/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
4/30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo
5/1 - Englewood, CO - Moe's
5/2 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/3 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
5/4 - Dallas, TX - Trees
5/5 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
5/7 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Roxy
5/8 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
5/9 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
5/10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
5/11 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
5/12 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
5/13 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
5/14 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
5/15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
5/16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
5/17 - Hampton Beach, NH - Wally's Pub
5/18 - Worcester, MA - Tammany Hall
5/19 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
5/20 - Auburn, ME - Club Texas
5/21 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes
5/22 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
5/23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
5/24 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar and Grill
5/25 - Providence, RI - The Ruins at Coliseum

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