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

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