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

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