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Brooklyn, New York'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 proceedings. In 2010, I Scream Records released the CD/DVD package, 20 Years Strong: River Runs Red, Live in Brussels. The following year the band once again decided to go on hiatus after unsuccessful attempts to produce new material that they felt did justice to the band's name. That same year, Caputo announced that he was in the process of gender reassignment. In 2014, the group announced they had re-formed and headed to Belgium to play the Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival, following it up with a show in New Jersey just a few months later. By 2017, the group had recorded their fifth studio album and announced they had signed to Napalm Records. The resulting A Place Where There's No More Pain was issued at the beginning of the year. ~ Greg Prato
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Albums by
Life of Agony

Top Songs by
Life of Agony

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

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