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

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