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Life of Agony

Formed: 1989
From: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Life of Agony News

Below is our complete Life of Agony 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.

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Sunday Old School: Life Of Agony

Alternative metal is probably the loosest tag of any metal sub-genre, which is what makes it so alternative I suppose. Nevertheless, today Sunday Old School looks at Life Of Agony, an alternative metal band from Brooklyn, New York. Life Of Agony was formed in 1989 by singer Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z and bass player Alan Robert, who went through a number of drummers before settling with Sal Abruscato, a founding member of the gothic metal band, Type O Negative. The group slogged it out for four years before signing a record deal with Roadrunner, who were also home to Type O Negative. Through the label, the band released their debut album, "River Runs Red" in October of 1993. The album was critically praised and in time has become known as one of the finest records in the entire Roadrunner catalogue, gaining popularity through singles such as, "This Time" and "Through And Through."

A more emotional direction was employed on the group’s next studio album, "Ugly," which was released in 1995. The album was once again highly praised and was notable for featuring a cover of the Simple Minds hit, "Don’t You (Forget About Me,)" as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s, "Redemption Song" on the special edition of the album. Shortly after "Ugly’s" release, Abruscato announced that he was leaving the band and was replaced by Dan Richardson, formerly of the bands Pro-Pain and Crumbsuckers. With their new drummer in tow, Life Of Agony recorded and released their third album, "Soul Searching Sun" in 1997, but were dealt a major blow when Caputo announced his resignation from the group, claiming his heart was no longer in to the type of music Life Of Agony wrote. The band soldiered on, initially recruiting former Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane, but parted company with the singer when they began working on a new album. After toying with the idea of Robert switching to vocals and guitar and bringing in Stuck Mojo bassist Corey Lowery, Life Of Agony decided to simply call it a day, feeling that the band couldn’t continue properly without Caputo. More...

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Life Of Agony Bassist To Appear On NY Ink

Vocalist/bassist Alan Robert from Life of Agony, known for his comic book series "Wire Hangers" and "Crawl to Me," has been confirmed to star in the season two premiere of TLC's show "NY Ink." Last season, the show's Wooster Street Social Club crew had such guests as Corey Taylor, Method Man and LaMarr Woodley - who all got inked in the studios and told their stories. Robert shared the following quote about being on the show:

"Wooster St. has some of the most amazing tattoo talent around, so I was thrilled to get my piece done by Megan. Her style is perfect for the ink I chose," said Robert. "Being on the show was a trip and it was interesting to see, first hand, just what goes into making a hit series like this. I give the artists a lot of credit, too. It's one thing to deliver kick-ass tattoos day in and day out... but it's another thing to try and do that with a bunch of cameras jammed in your face. No pressure, right?!"


Alan Robert's graphic novel "Crawl to Me" will be in book stores in January of 2012. More...

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New "Crawl To Me" Comic Preview Posted Online

The third issue of "Crawl to Me," the new horror comic series from Life of Agony's Alan Robert, hit comic book shops yesterday, September 21st. A preview of the new issue has now also been posted online and can be found at this location.

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Alan Robert about the new comic series and the movie version of the "Wire Hangers" comic by heading over here. More...

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Life Of Agony Vocalist Now A Pre-op Transsexual

In a bizarrely unfolding story introduced at ThePRP, confirmed at Metal Insider, and expanded at Blabbermouth, Life Of Agony frontman Keith Caputo does indeed appear to have deserted the male gender and reinvented himself as a "frontwoman" - at least in spirit and appearance. Caputo cleared things up amongst a flurry of tweets: "I'm keeping my penis!"

Meanwhile, Life Of Agony is in the midst of a trio of European shows (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands). Whether or not these shows are their last, as has been heavily rumored, some interesting fan-shot footage of the band's performance in Augsburg, Germany, has surfaced - featuring Caputo in his newfound, gender-ambiguous persona.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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"Crawl To Me" Video Teaser Posted Online

Life of Agony's Alan Robert is set to launch a new horror comic series titled "Crawl to Me" in July. A video teaser for the first upcoming release has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

Metalunderground.com also recently conducted an interview with Alan Robert about the new "Crawl to Me" comic series, as well as the upcoming video adaptation of the "Wire Hangars" comic. You can find the interview here.

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Pit Stories: Don't Do Drugs And Stage Dive

We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories. Over the dozens of stories, we've share quite a few tales of stage dives gone wrong, from humorous to painful to weird, and everything in between. This week, Sal Abruscato of A Pale Horse Named Death (ex-Life Of Agony) shares a more serious stage dive story:

Yeah I got a story, it was 1994 and Life Of Agony was playing at L'Amours in Brooklyn. It was a sold out show and was intense. This poor kid under the influence of drugs decided to stage dive head first, he smashed his head on the floor hemorrhaging by the time the ambulance came. Sadly he died later that evening at a very young age. Point of my story is you should not stage dive because it can be your last time.

A Pale Horse Named Death just released their new album, "And Hell Will Follow Me" on June 14th via SPV/Steamhammer.

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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A Pale Horse Named Death Signs To SPV

SPV has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with A Pale Horse Named Death:

"SPV is pleased to announce that A Pale Horse Named Death, the new band lead by Life of Agony's Sal Abruscato have signed a worldwide recording contract with Steamhammer/SPV. Their debut album entitled 'And Hell Will Follow Me' is currently scheduled for release in June 2011.

"Sal Abruscato was born in Brooklyn, NY Started playing drums at age 10. He is the co-founder of Type O Negative with Peter Steele and performed on Slow, Deep & Hard, Origin Of The Feces, Bloody Kisses and various best of and soundtracks. Sal is the drummer for Life Of Agony and performed on River Runs Red, Ugly, River Runs Again, Broken Valley. Additional projects include Supermassiv & My Mortality. He is now the singer, songwriter and guitarist for A Pale Horse Named Death."

Sal Abruscato had the following to say about signing with SPV/Steamhammer: "I am so stoked about joining SPV, I'm Looking forward to a fruitful and successful relationship with such a reputable label as SPV"

The band's live lineup includes Sal Abruscato (Life of Agony) on guitars and vocals, drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), Bobby Hambel (Biohazard) on guitar, Matt Brown (Supermassiv, Seventh Void) also on guitars, and Eric Morgan on bass.

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Life Of Agony Streaming Song From New Release

I Scream Records is currently streaming the song "River Runs Red" from Life Of Agony's upcoming release "20 Years Strong: River Runs Red | Live In Brussels." The track can be heard here. This release will include a full CD as well as a DVD, an on-the-road documentary, and more. "20 Years Strong: River Runs Red | Live In Brussels" is set to hit stores on July 19th in Europe and July 27th in the USA. The track listing is as follows:

1. This Time
2. Underground
3. River Runs Red
4. Through And Through
6. Bad Seed
7. My Eyes
8. Respect
9. Method Of Groove
10. The Stain Remains
11. Other Side Of The River
12. Love To Let You Down
13. Weeds
14. Lost At 22

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Life of Agony Announces European Tour Dates

Life of Agony has announced the following European tour dates

08/01 - Lokerse Feesten - Lokeren, Belgiium
08/02 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
08/04 - 013 - Tilburg, The Netherlands
08/06 - Mini Rock Festival - Horb Am Neckar, Germany
08/07 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
08/09 - Volkshaus - Zurich, Switzerland
08/10 - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
08/11 - Tonhalle - Munich, Germany

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Life Of Agony Signs To I Scream Records

I Scream Records has announced the signing of Life Of Agony. On Saturday April 3, 2010 I Scream Records will be recording and filming Life Of Agony's performance at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, the second show of their exclusive European "20 Years Strong" tour. In late 2009 the band performed their debut album "River Runs Red" in its entirety during a few exclusive, sold out, US shows and now, after popular demand, they're also heading over to Europe to perform a set built around this amazing, legendary album.

The release of this "20 Years Strong" live album, which will also include a free bonus DVD of the complete show at the Ancienne Belgique, exclusive footage and much more, is set for early this Summer.

Here are the latest Life Of Agony "20 Years Strong" European tour 2010 dates:

April 2nd - Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (sold out)
April 3rd - Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium
April 4th - Matrix in Bochum, Germany

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Within Temptation Readies Acoustic Live Album

WITHIN TEMPTATION will release their forthcoming (and delayed from a November 2nd release) live album, "An Acoustic Night at the Theatre," on December 15. The release will be available via all digital music providers, while physical copies will be available exclusively at the newly-launched Roadrunner Records web store.

In November 2008, Within Temptation embarked on a sold-out, intimate theatre tour in their native Europe, complete with seated audiences. The setup afforded the band the opportunity to rearrange several classics from its extensive catalogue to suit an acoustic performance. The album was recorded at the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Holland on November 30 of last year.

Guitarist Robert Westerholt explained, “I was fascinated by the idea of giving our audience a much more individual experience by focusing on the essence of our songs and reducing the show to a minimum. At the same time the acoustic arrangements and sounds let you hear different influences in our music. For example, some Celtic elements which I think come out best when played acoustically.” Vocalist Sharon den Adel adds, “To show this other side of Within Temptation has been a dream of mine for quite some time. It was great to see that not only our existing fans but also people seeing us for the first time enjoyed it so much.”

Special guests include Life of Agony’s vocalist Keith Caputo for the single “What Have You Done.” Caputo guested on the album version, so it was only appropriate that he contributed to the live song, as well. Additionally, The Gathering’s Anneke van Giersbergen joins den Adel for a powerful partnership on “Somewhere.”

Of additional note, the album also contains the brand new song "Utopia," written during the rehearsals for the theatre tour. A duet with UK singer-songwriter Chris Jones (who Sharon met while working with world-famous DJ Armin van Buuren on his track In And Out Of Love), "Utopia" will also be available as a digital single prior to the album release. Utopia is about two lovers who can't be together because they are separated by their contrasting dreams of the ideal life. "The only way to be together is for one of them to sacrifice their dream,” clarifies Sharon. “It really is about this one moment that we each inevitably experience: reaching a point in your life where you have to decide what you want your future to look like."

The full tracklisting of "An Acoustic Night at the Theatre" is as follows:

1. Towards The End
2. Stand My Ground
3. Caged
4. All I Need
5. Frozen
6. Somewhere (feat. Anneke van Giersbergen)
7. The Cross
8. Pale
9. What Have You Done (feat. Keith Caputo)
10. Memories
11. Forgiven
12. Utopia (feat. Chris Jones)

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Life Of Agony To Headline Damnation Festival

New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.

"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."

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Spoiler NYC Posts New Music Online

NY punk-trio, Spoiler NYC has recorded the follow-up to their debut "Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen" (SOS Records/I Scream Records). New songs, "Damaged Goods" and the title track for the record, "Banned in 38 States," are now posted on the band's MySpace page.

The album was recorded and mixed by Grammy-Award winning producer, Ken Lewis, to be released worldwide in 2010, through a label to be announced shortly. More...

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Spoiler NYC Begins Recording New Album

Spoiler NYC, the NY-based punk trio featuring Life of Agony's Alan Robert on lead vocals and bass, head into the studio this week to begin recording the follow-up to their debut album "Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen" (SOS Records/I Scream Records). Seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer, Ken Lewis, will handle recording and mixing duties on the new record titled "Banned in 38 States." More...

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Life Of Agony Bassist Launches Comic Series

Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert has created a new comic series. The trailer for the comic can be viewed below. The official MySpace page for Alan Robert issued the following update:

"Wire Hangers is a new horror/conspiracy comic series written and created by Alan Robert (Life of Agony & Spoiler NYC). Pencils by Mike Lilly (Vampirella, Batman: Detective Comics), inks and covers by comic fan favorite, Nelson (Marvel Masterpieces, Adventures of Superman), and colors by Juan Fernandez (Ant Unleashed). Series will hit comic shelves this year, through a publisher to be announced in the coming months.

"The teaser was animated by Alan Robert using his artwork, with sound-FX created by Josh Silver (Type O Negative) and voice-over by Neil Jason.

"I came up with the concept for Wire Hangers about 15 years ago and have been refining the story ever since. Writing bits and pieces of it on tour, over the years. Sketching character designs for it on the back of lyric sheets and things like that. I'm so excited to be working with such great comic book artists on this and finally bringing it to life! It's a long time coming and I have such a great feeling about it, seems like the timing is really right. Especially, with graphic novel stories taking over the box office and themes getting darker and darker, Wire Hangers fits right in." More...

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More Roadrunner United DVD Footage Posted Online

Another clip from the forthcoming Roadrunner United DVD has been posted online. You can check it out below. The DVD chronicles the one night only concert when members of the Roadrunner roster, past and present, joined forces to perform classic songs from Roadrunner history. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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Another Roadrunner United DVD Clip Posted Online

Another clip of the Roadrunner United DVD has been posted online and is available for viewing below. The DVD contains a full live concert aswell as backstage footage and interviews and features the following tracklisting:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

3. River Runs Red (originally by Life Of Agony)

Keith Caputo- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Scott Ian- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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New Roadrunner United DVD Clips Posted Online

Previews of the forthcoming Roadrunner United have been posted online and are available to view below. The DVD features an all-star lineup of Roadrunner Records alumni and members of the current roster performing some of the biggest songs ever to be released by Roadrunner Records. The DVD also features a 75 minute documentary which includes behind the scenes footage and interviews.

The tracklisting for the concert is as follows:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

3. River Runs Red (originally by Life Of Agony)

Keith Caputo- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Scott Ian- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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Life Of Agony Announces East Coast Tour

Legendary hardcore metallers Life Of Agony will embark on an East Coast tour in December with Spoiler NYC and My Mortality. Misery will also be performing with them in New York and Black Water Rising will be performing at the New Jersey leg.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

Dec 13 - The Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Dec 14 - The Blender Theater - New York, NY

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Roadrunner United DVD To Be Released

More than three years ago, Roadrunner Records celebrated their 25th anniversary by corralling 56 musicians from 44 different bands spanning the label's entire 25-year history to release "Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions."

Now, Roadrunner Records has announced that a new live DVD entitled, "Roadrunner United The Concert" will be released on December 9th.

The double disc DVD features the concert in Times Square where members and alumni of Roadrunner Records gathered to perform some of the label's best known tracks, including former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach dueting with current vocalist Howard Jones on the song "My Last Serenade" and a variety of vocalists and musicians joining together to perform classic songs from the likes of King Diamond, Soulfly, Type O Negative, Machine Head, Slipknot and Sepultura.

Also on the DVD will be a 75 minute documentary which includes interviews and behind the scenes fottage. More details will follow as they're announced.

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