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