Brandnew interview on The Circle Pit about the new album, the random art series and the project’s philosophy. Enjoy!
What’s next for 2018? A new album!
The release of our third studio album ‚Shiva Appreciation Society‚ in 2018 will bring a shitload of new sounds, as we have put a major focus on the_maximalist (mridangam) and the_surgeon (piano) during composition and recording. Be prepared for some hardcore Indian mindfuckery and some spicy piano work which you’ve never heard before from art against agony!
There is so much more to show you and we can’t wait to commence 2018 – before Christmas we shot a little trailer to spotlight our percussionist the_maximalist, who has joined the collective a while ago and who has since waited patiently to contribute his threads to our embroidery.
Enjoy the trailer and Happy New Year!
2017 saw the release of our EPs the forgotten story and Russian Tales; we also went on tour in Russia and Brazil, we published our first music video and we finished part8 of our random art series on YouTube.
2017 was a busy and succesful, but also a quite rainy year. Goodbye everybody. Всё.
We will be headlining our first show in 2018 in Stuttgart, club Schocken!
The date is 17.01.18, our support will be Syrence.
Another new member to our collective: Current bassist, sound engineer and wielder of the apple – the_twin. Photo by Michael Ilg.
Today we proudly announce a new member of the collective: the_sidekick.
Roadie and stage hand for the band, booze connoisseur extraordinaire and professional marketing strategist with a gifted affection for local micro-promotions at events.
Photo by Michael Ilg
Some major updates on the website.
If you are new to our music, you may now get introduced to our music
through free streaming on Spotify.
Wonderful interview [Portugese] of the band taken by Brazilian journalist Pamela Fischer, here is the English transcription:
Art Against Agony spent around 7 days in Brazil guaranteeing good music to the public of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Has anyone in the group ever been to Brazil before? How do you summarize this first passage of the group into the country?
None of the members have ever been to Latin America, let alone to Brazil.
Brazil presented itself to be both very dangerous in beautiful, both regarding nature and the people inhabiting the land. The landscape of Rio remains unforgettable to us, but also the constant dangers in the city.
We have seen beautiful
Before our first show in Rio we had a barbecue with some fans and our concert agency, and suddenly shots could be heard just 100m away from our location. Everybody remained calm, but we we’re shocked.
In another interview you stated that you were not expecting anything from the tour in Brazil. „if we do not expect anything, the tour will be incredible.“ Now with the experience, was it surprising to be among the Brazilians?
In fact, it was amazing.
I guess it is one of the most greatest honors for an artist to come to a new country and have people waiting there to see you, people who already know your music, people who will come to you after a concert: “Hey, I loved the version of the song that you played tonight much much more than the album version!”
Many people in Brazil wrote us before the tour on Facebook that they can’t wait to see us, therefore we remain incredibly humbled and stunned about this fabulous response from our Brazilian fans.
Faced with the diversification that the group presents in each work, some listeners, who did not knew the group, they were impressed and approved the sound. What do you have to say to these specific listeners?
We write music in a very persevering, time-consuming and sometimes exhausting process. We don’t enter a recording studio and finish a record in one or two weeks.
We meet and only add small details to an already existing project. Songs grow over time. Layers and layers of melodies, harmonies and rhythmic ideas form a complex structure only with time, like weaving a carpet.
This also makes our music very versatile. You might find blues ideas in the middle of a death metal shred adventure, or you might find some electronic dance beats next to a classical influence. It takes much time to harmonize all these different colors and flavors, but we think it’s the reason why we have fans in all kinds of different genres.
People who will take their time and let themselves be fully submerged but the flow of our music, will always find something they can hang on to and enjoy the tune in their very own way, because each instrument has been given enough time to tell its own story in a song.
In all the shows held in RJ the group interacted with the audience, honored local bands besides the special attention given to the fans of Art Against Agony. Simple and admirable gestures. Besides love for music, what else motivates the group to move on?
The project ‘art against agony’ wants to spread the message that faces, names, skin color, voices, that our entire body-identity does not matter about what we as humans are and what we do, because we will all die in a small number of years, and our bodies will rot and they will be forgotten soon after. The only thing that will stay is what we do in this world.
Humbleness will inspire others to become humble. If you are successful using violence, other will be inspired to use violence to achieve their goals, too.
We are scholars travelling around the world to teach people to forget about ‘themselves’, because their ‘self’ doesn’t matter at all.
A handshake matters, a kiss, a lovely hug, a smile, some good vibes, some good music.
It doesn’t matter ‘who’ is doing the hugs, the smiles, the music, but some bodies must do it – only then the world can become and stay a better place not just for a moment, but forever.
With five years of road, what are the objectives of the group? How do you see Art Against Agony ten years from now?
We will continue our travel around the world with no expectations.
We hope that many people will have understood our message in ten years, but we will be already happy if only one person at all has fully grasped and understood it by then.
In relation to food, did you like any dish specific of Brazilian cuisine? What did you taste and dislike?
Feijoada & Guarana, that’s the ticket.
Art Against Agony come back to Brazil soon?
We hope so very much.
If we are presented a nice opportunity, we will definitely be back soon.
Leave a message to all Brazilians and admirers of the group.
If you liked what you heard and read about us, please support us.
Stealing music has never been easier than in these days, but independent bands like us actually live from it, and our future endeavors are depending on each nickel spent for our music&merch.
It was a great honor to see so many people enjoy what we do in Brazil, and it would be even a greater honor to come back to you in the near future, to bring this joy back.
Random art series part 8: the_split.
We are honored to open for Schizofrantik on October 27th for their „ripping heartaches“ album release show in Munich, GER.
We just gave an interview to ProgSphere about our new EP ‚Russian Tales‘ and about tour life, check it out!
Audio production for new project has begun, featuring our latest addition to the team: the_maximalist on the Indian mridangam percussion instrument!
The band had a wonderful show with Brazilian death metal masters ‚Lacerated and Carbonized‘ in Karlsruhe, Germany!
Today marks the end of our first tour through Brazil!
It was an honor and a wonderful surprise to see so many people come to our shows and celebrate life and music with us. We have no words to express our thankfulness.
Much of this has only been possible because of the enduring work of Paolo and Jonathan and their No Class Agency. Thank you so much!
Furthermore, we welcome another member to art against agony: the_sidekick – stage manager, roadie, guitar tech & connoisseur extraordinaire for ladies & good alcohol.
We are not ready to announce a comeback yet, but rest assured, people of Brazil – we will be back soon.
Reviews of our new EP ‚Russian Tales‘ keep coming, like this particular nice on from Progarchy! Check it out!
Our new video for ‚Coffee for the Queen‘ is out on Pitcam.TV – check it out!
Our now EP „Russian Tales“ is out now!!
For all CD enthusiasts: Our new EP „Russian Tales“ can now be ordered in our webshop!
Our new EP Russian Tales is now available for pre-order as a CD in our webshop or as a download on Bandcamp – if you pre-order on Bandcamp, you will already get our new song „Coffee for the Queen“ upfront! Check out the trailer for our new music video!
We hereby announce the art against agony Against All Odds Tour 2017.
Second leg: Brazil.
We proudly announce our new EP „Russian Tales“, to be released in July 22nd!
This EP will tell the tales of our first tour in Russia last year,
ranging from hellfire experiences to blissful sensations.
More information soon!
We hereby announce the art against agony Against All Odds Tour 2017.
First leg: Russia.
the_maximalist talked about „the forgotten story, tour plans and that certain twang“ in an interview with the prog space! Check it out!
art against agony is announcing two new concert dates!
May 25th 2017 – Munich, 8Below
May 29th 2017 – Stuttgart, Max-Planck-Institut
Our new EP ‚the forgotten story‘ is now worldwide available on Amazon!
We’re on the front page of www.prog-sphere.com.Take a look at their review of our new EP! Its a great review.
We have wonderful melodies, we have all of them!
We also have rhythms. They’re fantastic. You’re going to love it.
We’re going to build a huge wall of sound and we’ll make Justin Bieber pay for it.
Even Mike Portnoy is looking up to us. Portnoy, who would believe this?! Portnoy!!
Make Prog great again!
Now seriously, big big thanks to Prog-Sphere, they wrote an incredibly review
of our EP ‚The Forgotten Story‘. Check it out here
Prog Sphere magazine just announced that our song ‚Gente Innocente Non Corre‘ from our new EP will be featured in the voting for the best song of March 2017!
Please get the Prog Sphere App for Google Play and vote for us!
Our EP ‚the forgotten story‘ is out now!
Download it here, on Itunes, AmazonMp3, or listen to it on Spotify!
There is a new mask: the_maximalist.
Player of the king of percussion instruments, the mridangam.
The mridangam is an Indian percussion instrument, and is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble. It is considered a divine instrument, played variously by Ganesha (the God with the elephant-head) and Nandhi (Shiva’s divine vehicle). According to Hindu mythology, Nandhi plays the mridangam during Shiva’s taandav dance.
The mridangam was the first instrument that the_maximalist started playing, and it continues to be the one closest to his heart. He has played in many Carnatic classical concerts from a young age, and, starting a few years back, he started playing the mridangam exclusively for progressive rock / metal.
Tony Sison from the Los Angeles-based ‚dedicated rocker society‘ has published a wonderful review of our new EP ‚the forgotten story‘!
Pre-order it here and get our new song ‚Gente Innocente Non Corre‘ upfront as a free download!
Our new EP ‚the forgotten story‘ is available for pre-order now! Get it here!
There is a new mask.
Lots of feelings.
to be released in 17/02/17
soon available for pre-order
2016 is ending, and we still have 3 tour Tshirts left (Size S, M, XXL), so we are throwing them out at a 9.99€ discount! Check it out in the_store!
We are busy in the studio and very excited to announce our first (actual) EP – to be called ‚THE FORGOTTEN STORY – the future sound of the past through the eyes of the present‘, and to be out in 17.02.17!
Over the past years a few of our songs from our first album ‚three short stories‘ have changed substantially during live performance, so we’ve decided to re-record these newly arranged songs and compile them as ‚the forgotten story‘.
More information soon.
art against agony has been shooting a promotional video for the ENGL Invader II amp with Adworks Studios and the fabulous Pete Jones (UK).
Another album review for ‚the difference between a duck and a lobster‘ was published today!
Our album received a wonderful 9 out of 10 review by music journalist Falk Wehmeier!
Check it out!
(Jazz/Metal) „the difference between a duck and a lobster“ is already out for five months now, but better now than never: Here it is, the well deserved praise for some intelligent music, which is on the one hand somewhere located between Jazz and Metal, but on the other hand not to be titled with „Fusion“. ART AGAINST AGONY just cover way too many genres to be confined into these small boxes.
How about some examples?
„the_duck“, the first song in the record, could also be possibly found on a more tame „Algorithm“ release, while the second song „Fitches Pulled at Random“ does not only bear the „Meshuggah“ reference in its title – by the way, attentive followers of the band will have recognized the „Fitch“ neologism, created by the band on their first album „three short stories“ – „Abysmal Gale“ even comes up with some severe blastbeats.
„Batteries are for Flashlights, not for Pickups“ reduces both pentatonics and the blues to absurdity, and the „Nacre Fugue“ sounds like a Panzerballett-Version of baroque Bach-music. (by the way, Panzerballett lead guitarist Jan Zehrfeld is featured as a guest guitarist on „Fitches Pulled at Random“!)
The band’s music is still heavily rooted rooted in the Djent-movement, however, these elements now take a back seat on the new album.
The most impressive thing about ART AGAINST AGONY – despite all musical brainfucks – is that the project can maintain its musical integrity over such a variety of different instrumental pieces.
This is because ART AGAINST AGONY is telling stories with their music, which they now display even more impressively than on their first album ‚three short stories‘.
Their music is not easy listening, thats for sure, but one may still access their musical stories in a very easy and comfortable way, because the strange momentum of the music will very often be revealed only after closer inspection, which intensifies the effect of the music even more.
„the difference between a duck and a lobster“ – as far as you may dare to say about this „style“ of music – is the logical follow up to „three short stories“ and shows the impressive development of a band, which should have even deserved a lot more praise, yet will probably never get it due to their voluminous approach to art.
However, I highly recommend both their new and their old album to everybody who is already delighted by bands like Meshuggah, Panzerballett and Schizofrantik. If you are still looking for more, you may want to check out their Bandcamp or Youtube and sample their music:
by Falk Wehmeier
art against agony will play Wo?!Festival 2016!
the_sorcerer has done a guitar playthrough for ‚Gunseng!‘
Yes, we really don’t wanna sound like Metallica – check out this nice interview with Oksana Timchenko from Modernrock.ru!
the_switch, expert for live visuals, joined art against agony.
It is done.
We have finished our journey through Russia, the country of eternal ice and lonely snow foxes, which have knocked out our bus in the middle of Siberia.
Sometimes we were treated like big rockstars and we played clubs packed with lots of people who already knew all of our songs (!), and sometimes we played tiny pubs with only locals in it, who we left traumatized by our music.
We are incredibly thankful for all the people who we met on this tour, for every single person in our audiences, from Saint Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don and from Kemerovo to Bryansk.
Every handshake, every photograph, every autograph given by us was given with enormous gratitude.
Being on the road – driving 12000km and playing 20 shows in 3 weeks – was heaven and hell – with wonderful hospitality (the_sorcerer is sober again) & delicious food, marvelous nature & wild animals, but also including insomnia, anxiety & social break ups.
Lots of music was composed on the road, and back in Germany we will lose no time to record it – and come back to Russia, to show it to everybody.
See you again soon, Vodka-country.
the tour video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vKBlsAjxFM&index=7&list=PLeMHpFZ_CgQHDaoqKv-cG6Q3YHWe1k7oc
we today release our second album ‚the difference between a duck and a lobster‘, which can be purchased in our online store or at our live shows. We are highly thankful for those who attended our release-concert and celebrated the start of our tour through Europe and Russia 2016 tonight.
the_heretic (bass, counterpoint), new member of the project.
our new album and two new tshirts are now available for pre-order in the_store.
New Russian tourdates for spring 2016!