The Agonist has just completed a short run of dates alongside Swedish metallers The Haunted, with plans to continue touring with Threat Signal, Atheist and The Faceless at various points during the summer.
"Lullabies For A Dormant Mind", the sophomore album from The Agonist, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 105 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The a cappella version of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" is only one example of the band?s musical abilities as it impressively exhibits Alissa White-Gluz's mind-blowingly wide range of vocal skills and professionalism as a singer. Produced by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Mythosis), "Lullabies for the Dormant Mind" exposes new facets of the band and touches upon classical, jazz, opera, grindcore, thrash and black metal influences in a complete metal opus. Featuring guest violins by Avi Ludmer (Mahogany Rush), orchestrations by classical pianists Melina Soochan and Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc (Blackguard) along with many other Montreal-based contributors, this album is refreshing to hear upon every listen. Following a dark, twisted yet beautiful, surrealist visual concept from Natalie Shau once again, The Agonist have created an uncomfortable yet addictive setting for their metal, like being awoken from a bad dream, or falling asleep to escape a nightmarish reality.