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

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