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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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Life of Agony

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Life of Agony

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

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