A six-minute YouTube clip containing audio samples of all the tracks that will appear on “Prisoners”, the long-awaited third studio album from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST, can be found below. Due on June 4 in Europe and June 5 in North America via Century Media Records, the CD was produced by Christian Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY) and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SUICIDE SILENCE) and it “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,” according to a press release.
In regards to the album artwork, THE AGONIST frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz states: “We wanted to really include a chaotic visual to reflect the chaotic sound of the band, but we also wanted to show that the lyrics on this album are a lot more introverted…The human face was left non-descript on purpose — it doesn’t belong to any particular person, but we could call him the Lonely Solipsist.”
“Prisoners” track listing:
01. You’re Coming With Me
02. The Escape
03. Predator Prayer
04. Anxious Darwinians
07. Lonely Solipsist
08. Dead Ocean
09. The Mass Of The Earth
10. Everybody Wants You (Dead)
11. Revenge Of The Dadaists
THE AGONIST‘s new song “Ideomotor” can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below (courtesy of GuitarWorld.com ).
In a recent interview with MetalConcerts.net, Alissa White-Gluz stated about the musical direction of the follow-up to 2009’s “Lullabies For A Dormant Mind”, “I wouldn’t say it’s heavier or more melodic. I think it sounds more mature. It has the same sort of schizophrenic side that ‘Lullabies’ has, but it also has some other I guess what you would call classic influences. Like, there’s some PANTERA influence, there’s some RADIOHEAD influence. I mean, there’s a lot of influences that we didn’t really have before.”
Metalholic.com interview with Alissa White-Gluz (May 5, 2012):