The Agony Scene‘s new album Tormentor is out now via Outerloop Records/Cooking Vinyl. The band has shared the video for “The Ascent and Decline.” Watch it here:
“‘Tormentor is a pissed off and unrelenting record that is a product of the world we live in. The lyrics address all of the subjects one should avoid at a party religion, politics, and various personal demons,” The Agony Scene said. “‘The Ascent and Decline,’ lyrically, is about watching as people abandon a belief system that they built their lives and careers upon in order to catch a ride on the next train, diving headfirst into a cult of personality. effectively selling one’s voice to be on the winning team.”
The band is currently appearing on the annual Summer Slaughter Tour with Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, and more. All confirmed live dates are below. Future tour plans are in the works.
Tormentor is the band’s first album since 2007’s Get Damned (Century Media), which was preceded by 2005’s The Darkest Red (Roadrunner) and 2003’s self-titled release (Solid State).
Press praise for Tormentor has been far and wide, with Blabbermouth stating, “A tremendously heavy album from a metal band we’re more than happy to have back” while Heavy Metal HQ labeled it “brilliant.”
Meanwhile, Revolver called “Hand of the Divine” a “scorcher.” No Clean Singing noted that band has “succeeded where so many other have failed by producing an album which sounds like a natural extension of their earlier work – albeit one informed by a solid decade of growth and experience – as well as an exploration of fertile new pastures… it doesn’t hurt that it also just so happens to be the darkest, most visceral album of their career.”
Listen to “Serpent’s Tongue” here.
The band previously shared “The Submissive” through New Noise. Watch + listen here.
The Agony Scene also partnered with Revolver to premiere “Hand of the Divine.” Watch, listen, and learn more about what inspired the song here.
THE AGONY SCENE ON TOUR:
SUMMER SLAUGHTER 2018:
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME , BORN OF OSIRIS, VEIL OF MAYA, ERRA, THE AGONY SCENE, ALLEGAEON, SOREPTION, ENTHEOS
7/26 — Detroit, MI — Majestic Theater
7/27 — Guelph, ON — Guelph Concert
7/28 — Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL
7/30 — Columbus, OH — Express Live
7/31 — Fort Wayne, IN — Piere’s
8/02 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater
8/03 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theater
8/05 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre
8/07 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SODO
8/09 — Sacramento, CA — Ace of Spades
8/10 — Berkeley, CA — The UC Theater
8/11 — Los Angeles, CA — The Novo
8/12 — Anaheim, CA — Grove of Anaheim
8/14 — Tempe, AZ — The Marquee
8/17 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Live!
8/18 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
8/19 — Austin, TX — Empire Garage