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