"As One We Survive", the new video from Montreal, Quebec, Canada's extreme metallers THE AGONIST, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Orphans", which will be released on September 20 via Rodeostar Records.
"The first lyrics for 'As One We Survive' were written at a very trying time for the band," THE AGONIST explains. "We had been on the road a long time and we were flying and playing every day, and it was one of those tours where everything that could go wrong would go wrong, as many bands know about. Also, the lack of food and sleep was much worse than even your usual tour. On top of this, the band had recently got some very bad news. We didn't break, we didn't give up. We stuck together, picked each other up and overcame all the obstacles on the tour and off. The chaos and brutality of the instrumental seemed a perfect fit for these lyrics. We couldn't be happier with the response so far for 'Orphans' and hope you enjoy the next chapter — 'As One We Survive'!"
On its sixth studio album, "Orphans", THE AGONIST has unleashed a true monster feeding on melodic death metal and almost rocking moments. In between beautifully anthemic metal sound walls, pounding grooves and fierce riffs, charismatic vocalist Vicky Psarakis showcases her impressive range that covers everything from rock diva all the way to sick death metal growls. The result is a flickering, iridescent and varied masterpiece nestled in between sheer brutality and melodic frailty.
Says Psarakis: "When I heard the first instrumentals for 'Orphans' I was a bit shocked and confused. The music was really dark and heavier than anything we've done in previous albums and I wasn't quite sure how I'd be able to match that emotion. But then, you know, all it took was writing one full song to get the ball rolling and 2-3 months later, everything was done.
"With every new album, we love to experiment and dip our toes into new territory, but there's also a lot of elements here that are reminiscent of the earlier days. You can expect a lot of hard hitting, fast-paced madness and many many blast beats! Vocally, there's a wide range of styles, some of which I tried out for the first time, and the lyrics are mostly inspired from horror stories and real-life tragedies. Events that I felt a lot of people can relate to.
"'Orphans' is my third album with THE AGONIST and I can't wait to show the world what we created!"
"Orphans" track listing:
01. In Vertigo
02. As One We Survive
03. The Gift of Silence
04. Blood as My Guide
05. Mr. Cold
06. Dust to Dust
07. A Devil Made Me Do It
08. The Killing I
10. Burn it All Down