NewsSeptember 3, 2019 10:27 AM ET6,006 views

The Agonist: Alissa White-Gluz 'has been trying to kill this band'

During a recent interview, The Agonist frontwoman Vicky Psarakis was speaking about the delayed release of the band's forthcoming album when she touched upon the alleged efforts of former vocalist Alissa White-Gluz to undermine their success. Regarding impediments to releasing the new record, Orphans (due out September 20), Psarakis had this to say to Rock Confidential:
"Basically, the main thing is that we didn't have a label at the time. And that is for reasons aside from the music. A lot of things happen that I personally don't deal with at all. I don't even wanna deal with it. I'm just here to write music and sing. Some people out there didn't want us to release this album and we just kept really, really pushing and pushing and we almost considered just releasing it on our own — which isn't a smart business decision. But we were, I think after six months, we were frustrated and sitting on this album that's so good and we couldn't do anything about it. And then finally, Napalm reached out to us and proposed to release it under a sub-label of theirs called Rodeostar. And as far as we're concerned, we're using all the same resources from Napalm — the same team of people, same social media outlets. So we were, like, 'Okay, let's do it.'"
Rock Confidential then specifically asked Psarakis who didn't want the album released, to which she indicted White-Gluz (who joined Arch Enemy in 2014 and was promptly dismissed from The Agonist):
"I think it's okay if I were to speak openly about it. I'm not one to cause drama but I think for anyone that's out there and watching and kind of seeing what's going on, I think it's fairly obvious that the person that's been trying to hold us back is Alissa. In the beginning, she was doing it a lot through interviews and just talking very badly about the band members. That is super awkward for me, because this is a person I've never met in my life, so it's weird for me to be talking about it. There's no knowing how far and to what extent her reach could be to hold this band back. I definitely know some stuff that she's done and other things are just speculation. So, I don't wanna throw that out there, but I will say that she has been trying to kill this band ever since she was fired."
White-Gluz has yet to address the accusations, and likely never will. In 2017, she said this about her termination from The Agonist: "I don't agree with what they did. I don't have respect for what they did. I'll never talk to them again... ever. That was the worst betrayal I've ever felt in my life. They stole a lot from me. It was not right."

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