ALBUM REVIEW: Epica – Omega


It should come as a surprise to no-one that Omega (Nuclear Blast), the eighth full-length studio release from Dutch symphonic metal act Epica, is another concept-driven album. Formed in 2002, the band are widely known for their ambitious ideas and themes, covering everything from the Mayan civilization to religion, nature, quantum physics and the possibility that the universe is actually digitally created hologram. You know, simple stuff.

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The Agonist Streaming Eye Of Providence In Entirety


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Montreal metallers The Agonist is streaming their brand new album The Eye of Providence, out now via Century Media Records, here.

The Eye Of Providence, or God’s all-seeing eye, is a piece of religious iconography with origins stemming back to ancient Egypt. But The Agonist aren’t going all History Channel on their new album. The lyrical center isn’t about pyramids, the Freemasons, or its appearance on the United States one-dollar bill. As on previous albums, The Agonist are commenting heavily on advances in monitoring technology, particularly as it relates to governments intruding on the private lives of its citizens.

“We are embracing a number of new topics,” admits guitarist Danny Marino with a cryptic smile. “The Agonist still wants to be a voice for change. However, there are many socio-political and personal topics that we haven’t yet covered. We get into some of those on this record.”

The Agonist recently announced they will join the GET REKT TOUR next month in North America with Allegaeon and Product of Hate. Here are the dates:

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Mar 18: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
Mar 21: The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Mar 22: Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 23: Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 24: White Oak Music Hall – Van Nuys, CA
Mar 25: Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Mar 26: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Mar 27: Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
Mar 28: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 29: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Apr 04: Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Apr 06: The Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Apr 07: Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
Apr 08: Aftershock – Merrick, KS
Apr 10: Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
Apr 12: Empire Control Room and Garage – Austin, TX (‘Texas Independence Festival‘)
Apr 14: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Apr 15: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 16: The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
Apr 17: Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (‘New England Metal and Hardcore Festival‘)

THE AGONIST is:
Vicky Psarakis – Vocals
Danny Marino – Guitar
Chris Kells – Bass
Simon McKay– Drums
Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

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The Agonist Announce Upcoming Tour With Allegaeon and Product of Hate


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The Agonist will be taking part on the Get Rekt Tour across North America with Allegaeon and Product of Hate. Stream the music video for “A Gentle Disease,” off their forthcoming album Eye Of Providence, out February 24, 2015 via Century Media Records, here.

Here are the GET REKT TOUR dates:

Mar 18: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
Mar 21: The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Mar 22: Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 23: Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 24: White Oak Music Hall – Van Nuys, CA
Mar 25: Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Mar 26: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Mar 27: Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
Mar 28: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 29: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Apr 04: Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Apr 06: The Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Apr 07: Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
Apr 08: Aftershock – Merrick, KS
Apr 10: Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
Apr 12: Empire Control Room and Garage – Austin, TX (‘Texas Independence Festival‘)
Apr 14: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Apr 15: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 16: The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
Apr 17: Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (‘New England Metal and Hardcore Festival‘)

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THE AGONIST
Eye of Providence
1. Gates of Horn and Ivory
2. My Witness, Your Victim
3. Danse Macabre
4. I Endeavor
5. Faceless Messenger
6. Perpetual Notion
7. A Necessary Evil
8. Architects Hallucinate
9. Disconnect Me
10. The Perfect Embodiment
11. A Gentle Disease
12. Follow the Crossed Line
13. As Above, So Below

THE AGONIST is:
Vicky Psarakis – Vocals
Danny Marino – Guitar
Chris Kells – Bass
Simon McKay- Drums
Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

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The Agonist Releasing Eye of Providence in February via Century Media


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Montreal metallers The Agonist will issue their new album Eye of Providence on February 24, 2015 (North America) and February 23, 2015 (Europe) via Century Media Records. This marks the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who replaced Alissa White-Gluz, who joined Arch Enemy. Watch a trailer on the new album here.

 

 

Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the cover:

“We decided to go with a different medium for the cover art of Eye of Providence. We went with real photography and objects rather than hand drawn or CG as we have in the past. Deepti Suddul provided the awesome close up of the human eye. After that we passed it to Aaron Marsh who took our lyrics and concept to make the amazing cover art and album layout.”

Eye of Providence Track Listing
01. Gates of Horn and Ivory
02. My Witness, Your Victim
03. Danse Macabre
04. I Endeavor
05. Faceless Messenger
06. Perpetual Notion
07. A Necessary Evil
08. Architects Hallucinate
09. Disconnect Me
10. The Perfect Embodiment
11. A Gentle Disease
12. Follow the Crossed Line
13. As Above, So Below

THE AGONIST is:
Vicky Psarakis – Vocals
Danny Marino – Guitar
Chris Kells – Bass
Simon McKay- Drums
Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

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