The Agonist   Prisoners
3.7
great
Release Date: 2012
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4.0 excellentCloudConnected | June 18th 12

Definitely The Agonist's most complete album thanks to improved song writing which adds a lot character to the songs and creates great diversity between tracks. Also, Alissa continues to be a force to be reckoned with as her clean vocals, while always a strong suit, have developed even further here with greater range and power on display. Obviously, her wide array of growls and screams continue to one up almost everybody else in the scene in terms of power, range, and clarity. Highly recommend this album. Considering the progressive and technical nature of "Prisoners," multiple listens are required for this album to fully be enjoyed.

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3.0 goodTrey Spencer STAFF | May 31st 12

It's definitely better than their last album. They're still a female-fronted metalcore band, but they're doing better at changing things up and the growls are slightly better than before. They just need to work on making everything more memorable.

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4.5 superbJared Floryan | May 1st 15

Most definitely the closest this Canadian melodeath band has to a magnum opus, The Agonist's Prisoners was their third and final studio outing with gorgeous frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz - and boy, does she go out with a bang here. Sonically stupendous, instrumentally powerful, and lacking in restraints from an overall songwriting perspective, these hounds of shameless flamboyance possess the grace of doves. The musicianship is passionately fierce as much as it is refined, as The Agonist took what they did on Lullabies for the Dormant Mind and expanded upon said prequel's influences. Alissa showcases her vocal range to the fullest extent of her abilities, being able to switch from war-ready death growls to hauntingly beautiful singing - a feat the ex-Agonist main lady can do in her sleep with no issues. Her overall performance and the contributions made by the other members are in a dead ocean of harmony. While it's a shame White-Gluz has since departed from the outfit, I think her vocals were and will always be the one characteristic everyone and their trendy grandma can recognize; on the brightside, Vicky Psarakis, as she has proven on The Agonist's latest full-length offering, is a very suitable alternative. I may prefer Alissa as the driving force, but Vicky herself is doing just fine right now with the boys. Eye of Providence has been getting lukewarm reception as of late - at least on Sputnik, unsurprisingly enough - but if you ask me, the new full-length LP's still a damn blast and a half.

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5.0 classicPolaris4 | January 25th 13

The Musicianship is insane and Alissa's vocals are at their best. Sick album

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4.0 excellentMr. Gold | June 5th 12

You know they have done something right when you love their previous album, but barely take time to listen to it because you are busy listening to this.

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