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Life of Agony


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Brooklyn, NY's Life of Agony formed in 1989. Singer Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z., and bassist Alan Robert played the New York underground scene with several different drummers. They perfected their angst-filled hardcore/heavy metal hybrid along the way, obtaining a devoted audience in the process. On the eve of signing with Roadrunner Records, the band enlisted former Type O Negative drummer Sal Abruscato as a permanent member. The resulting album, River Runs Red, was similar to their stage show at the time -- straight-up energy and aggression in a hardcore/thrash format, with shards of heavy metal cutting through at times, and the group toured extensively upon its release. Once the tour was completed, LOA went directly back into the studio to work on their next album, 1995's Ugly, which signaled a complete overhauling of the band's signature heavy-duty sound. The album resembled the sounds of the alternative stars of the day, especially Stone Temple Pilots, and it wasn't greeted favorably by the record-buying public. LOA were still able to retain their audience, and the resulting tour was a success, as they opened for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Type O Negative, and Anthrax. Drummer Abruscato exited the band after the tour, and was replaced by ex-Pro Pain/Crumbsuckers drummer Dan Richardson. Their next release, 1997's Soul Searching Sun, followed essentially the same formula as its predecessor, and was again met by a varied response. Keith Caputo left the group before the tour, letting the members know that his heart was no longer in the music. The other bandmembers were crushed, but because of their commitments they needed to fill the spot immediately. At an Anthrax show a few years before, former Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane had told Joey Z. about his desire to play heavier music, so LOA's manager spoke to Crane and he jumped at the chance. The new lineup had only a week to rehearse, and the bandmembers barely knew Crane when they let him join. Once the tour ended, they went back to the studio to record, only to realize that they no longer wanted to continue as Life of Agony without Caputo. They flirted with the idea of Robert singing with Stuck Mojo bassist Corey Lowery filling his spot, but the lineup was doomed from the start and the band officially disbanded in April of 1999. That was the final word on Life of Agony until 2003, when the original lineup reunited for two shows. The reunion led to a live album (River Runs Again) as well as the studio effort Broken Valley, issued through Epic Records in June 2005. In 2009, Life Of Agony performed their debut album, River Runs Red, in its entirety as well as other material in front of a sold out house in Brussels, Belgium. They recorded and filmed (via a ten camera shoot) the proceeding. In 2010, I Scream Records released the CD/DVD package, 20 Years Strong: River Runs Red, Live in Brussels. ~ Greg Prato
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Albums by
Life of Agony

Top Songs by
Life of Agony

  1.   Song
  2.   Underground
  3.   Through and Through
  4.   My Eyes
  5.   This Time
  6.   Lost at 22
  7.   Weeds
  8.   River Runs Red
  9.   Don't You (Forget About Me)
  10.   Let's Pretend
  11.   Heroin Dreams
  12.   Fake
  13.   Monday
  14.   The Day He Died
  15.   Strung Out
  16.   Love to Let You Down
  17.   Consequence (Among Thieves)
  18.   How It Would Be '97
  19.   Redemption Song
  20.   March of the S.O.D./Sargent "D"
  21.   Colorblind
  22.   Dancing With the Devil " "
  23.   Unstable
  24.   Other Side of the River
  25.   Seasons
  26.   Plexiglass Gate
  27.   Desire
  28.   Angry Tree
  29.   My Mind Is Dangerous
  30.   The Stain Remains
  31.   Respect
  32.   Bad Seed
  33.   Words and Music
  34.   Thursday
  35.   Lead You Astray
  36.   Room 244
  37.   Broken Valley
  38.   Justified
  39.   No One Survives
  40.   Calm That Disturbs You
  41.   Junk Sick
  42.   Last Cigarette
  43.   Were What I Say
  44.   Honeycomb
  45.   Introduction
  46.   Coffee Break
  47.   Step Aside
  48.   Drowning
  49.   3 Companions
  50.   Depression
  51.   Here I Am, Here I Stay
  52.   Fears
  53.   Damned If I Do
  54.   How It Would Be
  55.   Drained
  56.   Ugly
  57.   I Regret
  58.   Whispers
  59.   Hemophiliac in Me
  60.   None
  61.   Neg
  62.   Tangerine
  63.   Method of Groove
  64.   Friday
  65.   Hope
  66.   Gently Sentimental
  67.   Don't Bother
  68.   Led You Astray
  69.   Wicked Ways
  70.   Lost At
  71.   Consequence by Among Thieves
  72.   Were What I Say by Keith Caputo
  73.   (Untitled)
  74.   (Untitled)
  75.   (Untitled)
  76.   Documentary
  77.   DNR

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