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