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

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