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

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