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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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Life Of Agony Announces More European Shows

LIFE OF AGONY have added more shows to their upcoming summer European tour itinerary. Here are the confirmed dates:

July 4 - Helsinki, Finland - Ruisrock Festival
July 5 - Bergen, Netherlands - Waldrock Festival
July 6 - Leipzig, Germany - With Full Force
July 7 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
July 9 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38
July 10 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse
July 11 - Neuenkirch, Germany - Rock Am Bach Festival
July 12 - Fulda, Germany - Kruez
July 13 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Konzerthaus Schurr
July 15 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
July 16 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
July 17 - Germany - TBA
July 18 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
July 19 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall

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Spoiler NYC To Support Life of Agony In Europe

SPOILER NYC, the New York "street-punk" trio featuring LIFE OF AGONY's Alan Robert on lead vocals and bass, will support LIFE OF AGONY on a series of dates throughout Germany, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland this summer. Also scheduled to appear on the bill is MY MORTALITY, the new band featuring LIFE OF AGONY/ex-TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Sal Abruscato. SPOILER NYC will also perform at the Roch Am Bach (Germany) and Dour (Belgium) festivals.

For more information, visit www.spoilernyc.com.

YRB magazine recently spoke to Alan Robert about doing double duty on the upcoming tour. He said, "We did it last year as well, and I gotta tell ya — I could've done a third set!" He continued, "I was so pumped, the adrenaline was flowing, it went so fast."

The entire interview is viewable online at this location.

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Gigantour CD/DVD Details Revealed

The second coming of Megadeth's acclaimed traveling metal festival Gigantour arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment. Conceived in 2005 by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Gigantour resurrects metal's focus on stellar musicianship.

The Gigantour DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment's fall 2006 release of the debut Gigantour CD and DVD, which featured performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax (CD only), Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

Gigantour 2 features over an hour of performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers Megadeth, along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup, and Into Eternity. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind the scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track--Megadeth's "Peace Sells."

The release of the Gigantour 2 DVD and CD coincides with this year's Earth Day--perfect, really, since MUSTAINE has said, with a laugh, about Gigantour's mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: " I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands."

Meanwhile, in February Megadeth heads to Europe--where recently announced new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) will make his debut with the band alongside Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, and bassist James Lomenzo, before returning for this year's Gigantour.

The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix . Joining Megadeth on this year's tour are Scandinavian death metal band In Flames, Finland's Children of Bodom, Arizona's modern extreme Job for a Cowboy, and Oakland, CA heavy power trio High on Fire.

The DVD and CD tracklisting: More...

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Roadrunner To Re-issue More Albums

Roadrunner Records will repackage/reissue titles from SEPULTURA, MADBALL and LIFE OF AGONY in their "two-for-the-price-of-one" series.

Titles due for release on February 12th include: SEPULTURA - Against/Nation, MADBALL - Demonstrating My Style/Look My Way, LIFE OF AGONY - Ugly/Soul Searching Sun, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY - Tactical Neural Implant/Millennium.

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Life of Agony Singer Sign Deal w/ Suburban Records

LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Keith Caputo has inked a deal with Suburban Records for the European release of his new solo album, "Fondness for Hometown Scars". "We are super excited to get this record where it deserves to be!" Caputo says in a statement. "We are pleased and delighted to find a label that finally shows common sense and great taste for originality in music. A label unafraid to take risks with an unconventional sound and band thats not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed!"

Audio samples of all 12 tracks that are set to appear on "Fondness for Hometown Scars" are available at this location. More...

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Carnivore Cancel Manchester Show

CARNIVORE's December 16 concert at Jilly's Rockworld in Manchester, England has been cancelled. "The promoter has not been heard from for over three weeks and did not even send in any deposit [money] to our agent," guitarist Paul Bento writes on the group's MySpace page. "The band has taken a major [money] hit as a result, and we are pissed off for our fans. It is one thing when a band looses [money], but when it affects our fans, it's really FUCKIN BAD! Hats off to our fans! A big-time thanks for your support! YOU ARE THE BEST!"

CARNIVORE's current lineup:

Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) - Vocals, Bass
Paul Bento (METAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION) - Guitar, Vocals
Joey Zampela (LIFE OF AGONY) - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Tobin (METAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, ex-DUST TO DUST) - Drums, Vocals

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Bobaflex Announce Dates With Life Of Agony

West Virginia's BOBAFLEX has scheduled the following dates:

With LIFE OF AGONY:
Jan. 09 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
Jan. 10 - New York NY- Blender Theater
Jan. 11 - Asbury Park NJ - Stone Pony

With ILL NINO:
Jan. 16 - Bedford, NH - Mark's Place
Jan. 17 - Hartford - Webster Theater
Jan. 18 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
Jan. 19 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls
Jan. 20 - Cleveland - Peabodys
Jan. 22 - Columbus - Newport Music Hall
Jan. 23 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Jan. 25 - Grand Rapids - Intersection
Jan. 26 - Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
Jan. 27 - Rockford, IL - Elixur
Jan. 29 - Milwaukee - The Rave
Jan. 30 - Minneapolis - The Rock
Feb. 01 - Cedar Rapids, IA - 3rd Street Live
Feb. 02 - Lincoln, NE - Sokol Underground
Feb. 03 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Feb. 05 - Denver - Bluebird
Feb. 06 - Colorado Springs - Black Sheep
Feb. 07 - Farmington, NM - Gator's
Feb. 08 - Phoenix - The Clubhouse
Feb. 09 - Los Angeles - The Roxy
Feb. 11 - Tucson - The Rock
Feb. 12 - Albuquerque - Launch Pad
Feb. 14 - San Antonio - White Rabbit
Feb. 15 - Houston - Scout Bar
Feb. 16 - Dallas - Ridglea Theater
Feb. 17 - Oklahoma City - Conservatory
Feb. 19 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Feb. 20 - Louisville - Headliners
Feb. 21 - Huntington, WV - Monkey Bar
Feb. 22 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Feb. 23 - New York, NY - Gramercy

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Life of Agony Announce East Coast Tour Dates

LIFE OF AGONY has scheduled the following dates:

Jan. 09 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Jan. 10 - The Blender Theater - New York, NY
Jan. 11 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ

Support on the shows will come from BOBAFLEX and THE SPYDERZ (featuring former BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld). More...

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Life Of Agony Putting Finishing Touches On DVD

LIFE OF AGONY is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming DVD release entitled, Life Of Agony: Cult Classics Live In Europe 2007. Footage was taken from performances on their last European summer tour. The majority of the DVD includes live songs taken from Belgium's Graspop Open Air Festival where the band performed in front of a crowd of 50,000 people. The DVD also features scenes from Germany's Serengeti Festival as well as backstage tour antics. The DVD will be released sometime in 2008.

In other LOA news, the band are scheduling some NY area appearances in the beginning of next year.

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Whit Crane Denies Anthrax Rumours

The Classic Metal Show, heard Saturdays from 9PM-3AM EST exclusively at www.cmsradionetwork.com, recently conducted an interview with vocalist Whit Crane (ex-UGLY KID JOE, MEDICATION, LIFE OF AGONY) to talk about his new project ANOTHER ANIMAL, which also features members of GODSMACK and DROP BOX. During the interview, Crane was questioned as to the rumors that he is the next vocalist of ANTHRAX, which he denied. He also admitted that he has never in his life touched a computer. Below is an excerpt."

The Classic Metal Show: You are obviously out on tour right now with Another Animal. Is this your warmup for taking the gig in Anthrax?
Crane: "Ha! These are my first interviews I've ever, ever done. I did one before this one. The guy before said there's this thing called Wikipedia out there that says that I'm the Anthrax singer."

The Classic Metal Show: It was out there on (the internet) that you did have the gig, then you didn't have the gig, then Corey Taylor had the gig. So we're just curious.
Crane: "Well, I'll tell you. I'm in a band with Scott Ian called Hossie DC, which is a tribute to AC/DC's Bon Scott era, but we dress up like Hassitic Jews. So they might have gotten that mixed up. We play in New York about two times a year. Scott's one of my closest friends, but I think I would know if I was in the band. I can categorically say that, as of yet, I am not in Anthrax."

The Classic Metal Show: Would you consider being in Anthrax?
Crane: "I don't think so. I think I've got my band, for now. I think it's my destination."

The Classic Metal Show: Where can people find out about you on the (world wide) web?
Crane: "You know, I think there's a MySpace presence. I think you would go to the myspace and then go to the music area of that and put in Another Animal. I think that's how you find that. You know, I'm pretty much computer illiterate. You know, I guess I could ask somebody. I've never been on a computer before."

The Classic Metal Show: Really?
Crane: "Yeah. I've never touched a computer key on my earthly visit."

The Classic Metal Show: Wow! Is there any reason why? Do you just not like them?
Crane: "No no no. I'm not anti-computer. It's just a cumbersome item. I travel really light. I've got a backpack. You know, I do have the telephone, which I guess is a form of a computer something. I think you can even get the internet on this thing. I'm pretty much down with my telephone. Text messages is enough for me to make it through the day."

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Life Of Agony Singer Not Allowed Into The U.K.

According to a posting on THE ALMIGHTY frontman/CIRCUS DIABLO guitarist Ricky Warwick's web site, LIFE OF AGONY frontman Keith Caputo was refused entry to the UK and will be unable to play his previously announced headlining shows in the country (which were set to feature Warwick in the support slot). As a result, Ricky will play the remaining dates on the trek on his own.

Oct. 10 - Railway Inn in Johnston, Pembrokeshire, UK
Oct. 11 - The Queens Hall - Neneaton, UK
Oct. 15 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK

As previously reported, Keith Caputo has completed work on a new solo album, entitled "Fondness for Hometown Scars". The CD was produced by Martyn Lenoble (JANE'S ADDICTION, DAVE GAHAN, PORNO FOR PYROS, THE CULT) and features the following band lineup:

Keith Caputo - Vocals
Jochem Van Rooijen - Drums
Marcel Signor - Guitars
Michiel Rietveld - Bass/Acoustic Guitar

Guest musicians include:

Zac Rae (PEDESTRIAN) - Keyboards
Gerry Leonard (DAVID BOWIE) - Guitars
Craig Ross (LENNY KRAVITZ, SHERYL CROW) - Electric Guitars/Acoustic
Flea (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) - Trumpet

"Fondness for Hometown Scars" was mixed by Vincent Jones (SARAH MCLACHLAN, DAVID GAHAN, MORRISSEY) and Martyn Lenoble and was mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York City.

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Keith Caputo Solo UK Tour Dates

Keith Caputo (Life of Agony) is to play the following shows (supported by Ricky Warwick):

October 8 - Wolverhampton Little Civic
October 9 - London Camden Underworld
October 10 - Cardiff Callaghan's Bar
October 11 - Nuneaton Queen's Hall
October 14 - Glasgow Cathouse
October 15 - Sheffield Corporation

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Life Of Agony Drummer Seeks Musicians For Project

LIFE OF AGONY drummer Sal Abruscato and Gene Blank of LOURDS are looking for a vocalist and bassist for a new project. The band's style is described as "gritty, dark, melodic abrasive, hard rock/metal."

Applicants:

* Must be 21 and up.
* Must be able to submit MP3s and/or web site URL that has samples of your playing/singing.
* Must be pro and responsible, experience a must!

Please reply with a contact number.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/salabruscato.

LIFE OF AGONY spent most of 2006 and early 2007 on a break after completing its successful touring cycle for the 2005 Epic Records release, "Broken Valley". The band is currently without a record deal, having parted ways with Epic in 2005. In the meantime, lead singer Keith Caputo released a solo album, titled "Heart's Blood on Your Dawn", and has a new CD on the way. Guitarist Joey Z has opened a recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Method of Groove Studio and has successfully produced and mixed BRAND NEW SIN's latest release for Century Media. Joey has also teamed up with Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) to reform CARNIVORE. Drummer Sal Abruscato has been actively building custom motorcycles and recently won an award for his latest creation.

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Spoiler NYC To Film Video This Weekend

Punk band SPOILER NYC, featuring LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert on lead vocals and bass, will film a video for the song "Suicide Hotel", off its forthcoming SOS Records debut, "Grease Fire In Hell's Kitchen", this Saturday, May 19 in New York.

The "Suicide Hotel" clip will be directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini and Kevin Custer of Raging Nation Films. Raging Nation has also directed music videos for such acts as CYPRESS HILL, SHADOWS FALL, MUDVAYNE, TRIVIUM, HATEBREED, UNEARTH, ILL NINO, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, FALL OUT BOY and HASTE THE DAY.

If you want to be an extra in the video, come down to 134th Street and 12th Ave at noon this Saturday, May 19 and wear dark colors. More...

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Carnivore Schedules Headlining Show In Brooklyn

CARNIVORE has scheduled a headlining show at Northsix in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, January 13. Support at the gig will come from KRIEG, NACHTMYSTIUM, ANAL CUNT, EMBALMER, DIMENTIANON and ANNUNAKI.

Video footage of CARNIVORE performing at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in August 2006 has been posted online at this location (CARNIVORE appears about 25 minutes into the video).

Check out pictures of CARNIVORE performing at the Wacken Open Air festival at this location.

Photographer Linda Aversa has uploaded a number of pictures of CARNIVORE's "secret" warm-up show on July 28, 2006 at Fontana's in New York City, where they appeared under the name THE BENSONHOIST LESBIAN CHOIR. Check out the photos at this location.

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Life of Agony End Hiatus, Schedule Tour Dates

It seems as though Life of Agony's hiatus is nearing its end. The band has booked three live gigs — LOA's first of 2006. On November 24, they'll play the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York, and two days later, will take the stage inside the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band will also play December 3 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

As previously reported, Roadrunner Records have plans to release a re-mastered version of Life of Agony's classic debut, River Runs Red, later in the year. Live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the group's stint on last summer's Gigantour with Megadeth will appear on the upcoming Gigantour DVD release.

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LOA's "River Runs Red" To Be Remastered

Roadrunner Records have plans to release a re-mastered version of Life of Agony's classic debut, River Runs Red, later in the year. Live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the group's stint on last summer's Gigantour with Megadeth will appear on the upcoming Gigantour DVD release.

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Gigantour CD Audio Samples Available

Audio samples from the upcoming Gigantour deluxe 2-CD set have been made available at Amazon.com. The 2-CD and 2-DVD sets, due on August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment, capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Carnivore Post Video Of Wacken Performance Online

Video footage of CARNIVORE performing at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany has been posted online at this location (CARNIVORE appears about 15 minutes into the video).

Check out pictures of CARNIVORE performing at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany at this location. More...

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More Info On ex-LOA's Spoiler NYC

Alan Robert, bassist and primary songwriter for New York-based hard rock act Life Of Agony has formed a new band called Spoiler NYC. The band is a three piece, and a self-described punk outfit letd by Robert on vocals/bass, "Junkyard" Chris Silletti on Guitars and Tommy Clayton on Drums.

The band will be releasing their debut, Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen in September via their official website. The album was produced by Robert and Danny Schuler of Biohazard. The band promises "catchy punk rock mixed with hardcore sensibilities."

You can check out some material on their myspace page.

Due out later this year from Robert's primary band is a remastered version of their 1993 debut, River Runs Red.

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