The Agony Scene
From: Tulsa, OK, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete The Agony Scene news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
I had the chance to attend the Road Rage Tour 2005 when it made a blistering halt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The show took place at the Trocadero Theater's Balcony Bar, which holds about two, maybe three-hundred people at best. The show was insane, although no moshing was allowed due to the size of the place, it was still an amazing show. The pictures are now up in the gallery section of this page, click here to view them.
On another note, I have a show report which will be posted for this same show tomorrow. I also conducted an interview with all four bands (Trivium, 3 Inches of Blood, The Agony Scene and Still Remains) so check back in the very near future for that as well!
Once an underground phenomenon, Strapping Young Lad are now on the verge of a major genre-defying breakthrough with "Alien," their highly anticipated fourth studio album. Their critically acclaimed new offering is now available and it is quickly going to redefine the meaning of extreme.
These Canadian extremists will embark on a massive U.S. headlining tour this spring with The Agony Scene, Misery Signals and Reflux in the support slots. The trek kicks off on April 5th and will make a stop at the legendary New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 23rd. This tour also marks the first time the group have ever played any of their new material live, and expect nothing less than a balls-out, highly energetic set. The group recently shot a video for “Love?” with acclaimed director Joe Lynch (Devildriver, Kataklysm) and its unique concept is definitely going to catch people’s attention; look for it to make its Headbangers Ball debut on April 2nd.
The final segment of "The Making of Alien" was also just posted online and click here to view the entire series. Strapping Young Lad documented their entire recording process, and the first four parts will provide an in-depth look into Armoury Studios (Kiss, Van Halen) where mastermind Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) describes how the album was assembled. Also, for the first time, fans can witness how Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, ex-Testament), Byron Stroud (now also in Fear Factory) and Jed Simon lay their tracks down. The final three parts of this series focus on the more technical aspects (gear, settings, samples, etc.) of the recording.
Click here to download "Love?" from Alien, the group's most maniacal and outlandish offering yet.
Strapping Young Lad w/ The Agony Scene, Misery Signals, & Reflux tour dates: More...
Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.
Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.
Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.
Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.
Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.
Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
This past Monday (2/28), The Agony Scene hauled ass from Tulsa to Atlanta to shoot the video for "Prey," the first single off their killer new album "The Darkest Red." The video was directed by Chad Rullman (Mastodon's "Iron Tusk").
Chad and crew arrived two days prior to the shoot to start building the set, constructing the entire thing from scratch. The band arrived at 10 AM on Monday, unpacked their gear and immediately headed off to make-up and wardrobe.
From there it was rehearsal time. This was pretty much the first time the band had played anything off "The Darkest Red" anywhere except the studio or a rehearsal room. But by the third time through the song, (and with the help of a little 'medicine') they were tearing it up. Time and time again, they tore through "Prey," owning the track as Chad and Co. captured their every move. Brian and Chris banged in unison to the track as they abused their bass and guitar respectively. Steve thrashed at his guitar like a man possessed and lead singer Mike stalked the camera like it was the perverbial "Prey" of the song's title.
The trooper of the day award clearly went to skinsman Brent who pounded at his kit each time as if it were the first (even when he was doing it for the 20th time during solo shots at midnight).
Following dinner, they celebrated Steve's very metal 21st birthday with a very metal cake with balloons and flowers on it. Jarboe of Swans fame (who appears in the video, but did all her shooting on Tuesday after the band had already left) stopped by to hang with the band and crew. Shooting wrapped at 1 AM (yeah, it takes that long to shoot just the performance part of a video), but not before Mike donned full rotting corpse make-up for the final shots of the video. He screamed out the final chorus time and time again, skin ripping off his face, eyes bulging wide.
It's difficult to describe the video, but suffice to say, it will blow you away. Dark, atmospheric, intense, moody - well you get the idea. Anyway, check out The Agony Scene's photo gallery to get some visuals.
"The Darkest Red" coming May 24.
A portion of the schedule for the upcoming "Roadrunner Road Rage" tour (which is to feature 3 Inches Of Blood, Still Remains, The Agony Scene and Trivium) has been unearthed, here is how the trek is looking so far:
March 03rd Montreal, Quebec El Salon
March 05th Detroit, Michigan Harpo's
March 07th West Dundee, Illinois Clearwater Theatre
March 09th New York City, New York CBGB's
March 10th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Trocadero Balcony Bar
March 11th Cambridge, Massachusetts Cambridge Elks Lounge
March 12th West Springfield, Virginia Jaxx
March 14th Nashville, Tennessee Exit / In
March 15th Little Rock, Arkansas Vino's
March 17th Houston, Texas Engine Room
March 19th Dallas, Texas The Door
March 20th Lubbock, Texas Jakes Sport Cafe
March 23rd Denver, Colorado The Bluebird Theater
March 30th San Francisco, California The Pound
April 01st Seattle, Washington El Corazon
The remainder of the stops are expected to be announced shortly.
The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...
According to recent Internet rumors, the forthcoming Spring installment of the Roadrunner Records RoadRage tour is said to feature 3 Inches Of Blood, Still Remains, Trivium and The Agony Scene. Dates and venues are yet to be announced for the March/April trek.
Strapping Young Lad have announced the following tour dates with the Agony Scene, Misery Signals and Reflux:
Apr. 10 Minneapolis, MN - Ascot Room @ Quest Club
Apr. 12 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Apr. 17 New York, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club
Apr. 22 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Apr. 23 Worcester, MA - The Palladium - New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
May 14 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
SYL will play the Century Media party in Los Angeles December 20 at the Key Club (with Death Angel, Nebula and Impaled).
SYL's new album "Alien" is scheduled to be released around March 22.
ZAO will be hitting the road next year for a nationwide tour with TWELVE TRIBES, FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES and THE AGONY SCENE. The first confirmed dates we have are below:
January 18 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
January 20 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Navajo Hogan
January 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Mason Jar
January 22 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House
January 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
January 31 - Fort Collins, CO @ Starlight
February 2 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis
It may be the heaviest record we put out all year," tells The Agony Scene's A&R Rep Mike Gitter in regards to what is about to be put to tape and released early 2005...
The Agony Scene piled into a van to start driving from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Millbrook, NY, where they will start the recording of their Roadrunner debut. In fact, come Thursday, they will already be tracking drums. The recording of this release, titled "The Darkest Red," will take about six weeks.
The band will be recording about 12-13 tracks, including a couple of Misfits covers.
Updates from the studio to come...
Zao, Twelve Tribes, Emery, and The Agony Scene will be touring together as the Praise The War Machine Tour in January of next year. The dates will mostly span the West Coast and will be announced shortly.
Zao will be recording some extra tracks to tack on the Japanese release of The Funeral of God. A brand new website has been launched for the band here.
The Agony Scene have titled their upcoming Roadrunner debut The Darkest Red. This, their second full length, will be released March 22nd.
The Agony Scene will return to their hometown of Tulsa, OK to start pre-production on their Roadrunner debut on November 11th. A tour is in the works with Zao, Emery and Twelve Tribes starting in January 2005. Dates will be announced shortly.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
The Agony Scene have announced that they are currently looking for a new drummer. More info can be found on their official website, www.theagonyscene.com.
Here's an update from vocalist Michael Williams regarding the latest happenings of THE AGONY SCENE:
"THE AGONY SCENE will be taking a break for the rest of 2003 and regrets that they will not be able to participate in the MUSHROOMHEAD and INTEGRITY tours. With the announcement of guitarist Chris Emmons leaving the group, the band will be announcing a new replacement in the near future and will be on the road in early 2004. This has been a great year for THE AGONY SCENE and we appreciate everyone's intrest and support. We respect Chris' decision to move on and wish him the best. THE AGONY SCENE will be back - we're writing some great new material and look forward to hitting the road again."