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The Agonist’s Vicky Psarakis Says Alissa White-Gluz “Has Been Trying To Kill This Band Ever Since She Was Fired”


You may recall that Alissa White-Gluz being fired from The Agonist back when she officially joined Arch Enemy in 2013/2014 didn’t sit well with her. Back in 2017 she went on to describe her forced exit from the band as being “the worst betrayal I’ve ever felt in my life“. At the time during an appearance on ‘The Jasta Show‘, she in part stated of her relationship with her former bandmates in The Agonist:

“I’m not even gonna talk about them at all. They’ve stolen enough from me. I’m not gonna let them steal any more of my energy. Instead I’m gonna put my energy towards the good things that I have, which is from this point and into the future.”

The Agonist themselves fired back at Alissa shortly after her comments, accusing her of partaking in a year-long betrayal on her part as well as “manipulative and unprofessional behavior” and more. Now in a new interview with Rock Confidential, Alissa‘s replacement in The Agonist, Vicky Psarakis, has since claimed that Alissa herself has been working behind the scenes to essentially cripple The Agonist‘s career.

Speaking of that and the difficulties The Agonist had with their forthcoming album “Orphans“, Psarakis commented:

“So, 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.”

When asked who didn’t want the band to release the album, Psarakis replied:

“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 [White-Gluz.] 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.”

Orphans” is due in stores on September 20th.

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