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Life of Agony


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

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