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