The Agonist (formerly known as The Tempest 2004-2007) was formed by guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells, and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz in Montreal, Canada. Legal battles prompted the name change when they signed a record deal with Century Media Records. The Agonist is primarily known for Alissa White-Gluz unique voice and ability to use both clean vocals and growls and guitarist Danny Marino odd melodies and unorthodox chords often with wide intervals and octave displacements. Let the lyrics often revolve around moral concerns such as animal rights, social dilemmas and the world situation.
August 14, 2007 the band's debut album was released "Once Only Imagined" music video for the song "Business Suits and Combat Boots" was voted the year's Video No. 6 in 2007 years MTV2's Headbangers Ball "
The Agonist's second album "Lullabies for the Dormant Mind" was released in March 2009. The Agonist lyrics often revolve around moral issues such as animal rights, society and the state of the world. Världspremär for the music video "Thank You Pain" was the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) blog.