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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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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).

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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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Ex Life Of Agony To Spawn New Group

Alan Robert of Life Of Agony fame has launched a new project dubbed Spoiler NYC. The group, who will independently release their debut CD entitled "Grease Fire In Hell's Kitchen" in September.

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Carnivore's First Official US Tour

CARNIVORE has scheduled the following dates in September:

Sep. 02 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sep. 06 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

As previously reported, CARNIVORE will perform a special warm-up show tonight (July 28) at Fontana's (web site) in New York City. They will be appearing under the name THE BENSONHOIST LESBIAN CHOIR and will be hitting the stage at midnight. Also appearing on the bill are BLUE FIRE, MACHETE, THC and JESUS KNEVIL. A flyer for the show can be found at this location.

CARNIVORE 2006 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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Life of Agony Guitarist Guest @ Brooklyn Metalfest

Joey Z, guitarist for Brooklyn's LIFE OF AGONY, will be appearing as a
special guest of Hartke Amps and CONSTRICTED at the 1st Annual Brooklyn Metalfest this Saturday, June 24th, at The Hook, located at 18 Commerce Street, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Metalfest is an all day metal festival showcasing some of the area's best metal bands.

Admission is only $10. There will be a free BBQ running all day for all paid admissions (free food only), raffles for free Hartke guitar and bass amplifiers, and tons of other great giveaways! Hartke Amps, Samson Audio, Zoom Effect Pedals and Unstoppable Force Web-zine are sponsoring the event. Also on hand will be Ferox films. They will be filming for a yet untitled tri-state area metal documentary. The doors open at 1:30 and the first band starts promptly at 2pm. Come on out and enjoy an awesome day of metal!

Bands confirmed:

MAGUS BEAST
TWILIGHT ODYSSEY
CONSTRICTED
SKULLSHIFTER
FINSTER BABY
BURN ME DOWN
DEVILS ISLAND
EXIT TO ETERNITY
EUPHORIA
SILENT INDUSTRY
SARINS GIFT
SUNS OF FREEDOM
TURRIGENOUS
SANITARIUS
8 WEEKS DEAD
NAME YOUR POISON

For more information, go to www.brooklynmetalfest.com.

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Gigantour Two-Disc CD and DVD Details Revealed

As news of the return of Gigantour becomes imminent, last year's fast and furious inaugural festival tour arrives in stores on deluxe 2-CD and 2-DVD sets August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment. Both configurations 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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Crumbsuckers To Reunite For Anniversary Show

Legendary New York hardcore/metal act CRUMBSUCKERS will be reuniting for a special show to mark the 20th anniversary of their classic "Life of Dreams" release. Original members Chris Notaro (vocals), Chuck Lenihan (guitar; GENITORTURERS), Gary Meskil (bass; PRO-PAIN) and Dan Richardson (drums; LIFE OF AGONY, PRO-PAIN, STEREOMUD) will be accompanied by an as-yet-undetermined second guitarist for a reunion concert in New York City this summer.

"Over the past week, I have been in close contact with my old bandmates via phone and e-mail," Meskil confirmed. "I'm happy to say that all are optimistic and xcited about a CRUMBSUCKERS reunion."

"At this point we are still in the early planning stages, but we intend to play a special 'Life Of Dreams' 20th anniversary reunion concert in NYC this summer (date and venue to be announced), which will certainly be a lot of fun."

CRUMBSUCKERS released two full-length albums through the Combat label — 1986's "Life of Dreams" and 1988's "Beast On My Back" — before finally calling it a day in the early 90's. Several members embarked on a melodic metal venture called HEAVY RAIN, but that band was short-lived. The rhythm section of Meskil and Richardson went on to PRO-PAIN, while Chuck Lenihan ended up with GENITORTURERS.

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LOA Frontman Working On New Solo Material

LIFE OF AGONY frontman Keith Caputo has launched a brand new web site designed by LIFE OF AGONY bassist, Alan Robert, through his graphics company Vision Den. Vision Den has created web sites, CD/DVD packaging and print collateral for high-profile entertainment clients such as 20th Century Fox, Sony/BMG, Atlantic Records, SPV Records and Universal.

While LIFE OF AGONY is on a temporary break, Keith Caputo is back in the studio working with a group of super-talented musicians on his new solo record in the Netherlands. One of the new songs is titled "Livin' the Blues" and marks his first solo, studio recording with this lineup. More information coming soon.

LIFE OF AGONY have parted ways with Epic Records after issuing only one album through the label.

Released in June 2005, "Broken Valley" is LIFE OF AGONY's first collection of new material since "Soul Searching Sun", which was issued in 1997. "Broken Valley" has sold around 30,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Life of Agony Drummer Available For Hire

LIFE OF AGONY drummer Sal Abruscato will be available for hire for touring and recording purposes throughout 2006. Interested artists can see his discography and hear samples at salabruscato.com.

LIFE OF AGONY recently parted ways with Epic Records after issuing only one album through the label.

Released in June 2005, "Broken Valley" is LIFE OF AGONY's first collection of new material since "Soul Searching Sun", which was issued in 1997. The group's previous release was a live album and DVD, entitled "River Runs Again: Live 2003". The two-disc set was recorded during the group's sold-out reunion shows at Irving Plaza in New York City on January 3-4, 2003 and was issued through SPV Records worldwide.

"Broken Valley" has sold around 30,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Watch A Live Video Of "Tired and Lonely" Online

A live video of the "Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions" band performing the song "Tired & Lonely" has been posted online at www.fuse.tv/metal (make sure pop-up blocker is off — or hold down "Control"). The group performing in the clip is as follows:

Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) – Drums
Keith Caputo (LIFE OF AGONY) - Vocals
Nadja Peulen (COAL CHAMBER) - Bass
Matt Baumbach (VISION OF DISORDER) - Guitar
Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS) - Guitar
Omar Clavijo (ILL NINO) - Keyboards More...

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Gigantour Report from Huntington, WV

After parking at the pay lot across the street we approach the Big Sandy Super Arena located on 3rd avenue of Huntington, West Virginia. The venue is lovingly referred to as the “civic center” by the locals. On the bricked walk way in front of the doors is a van, not any van but a van fully painted in the cover art of the new Bobaflex album, Apologize for Nothing. Impressive, flashy and showboating, but impressive none the less. This is home state for the band, so why not show off a little. We snap a couple of pictures of the van and we’re off to the window to grab our tickets. I give the lady my name and who I’m on the list for, Bobaflex. She finds the envelope; she slides the package through the slot in the glass. I open the package, as promised my photo pass. Off to a good start to a good night. More...

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Gigantour Report From Vancouver, BC

I went to the Gigantour show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on September 9. Because I have been busy for the past little while, I haven’t got the chance to get this done until now. As far as I know, the Montreal date has been filmed for the upcoming Gigantour DVD to feature Dream Theater and the Vancouver show was filmed for Anthrax.

Although originally scheduled to play, the Dillinger Escape Plan had to back out due to an injury suffered by guitarist Ben Weinman, which is a bit of a downer. On the bright side, DEP will be back in Vancouver in November. More...

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Caputo Says Roadrunner 'Destroyed' His Solo Career

Blistering.com recently conducted an interview with LIFE OF AGONY frontman Keith Caputo. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Blistering.com: Looking back to 1997, "Soul Searching Sun" was just released and "Weeds" was heating up radio charts. Why did you leave LIFE OF AGONY when it looked like they were finally breaking into the mainstream?

Keith: "I wasn't ready to be famous back then. Even though I was bigger than I thought I was, that wasn't my determining goal. I didn't really have any goals. I liked the more indie aspect of it, and I still do now, but it's a different story. I'm going to be 32 years old this year; we're becoming a much better band musically, creatively. Things weren't right in the band's marriage and even if we did blow up, my happiness wouldn't have been genuine. I really didn't give a fuck at that point. It just wasn't right back then. I wear my heart on my sleeve, that's just the type of person that I am, and if I'm not 120% behind something, or if I'm not really feeling something, then I'm not going to put myself in a situation to make other people happy and to make other people money. We had a lot of people around us just taking, taking, taking. We didn't have the proper keys around us, the proper management or the proper label. I fucking hated Roadrunner. I hated how they treated and robbed the band. I hated all of it, the lawyers, the management, the band. I felt like this band was trying to do so much good and I just couldn't handle the negativity that came along with it; the drugs, the lying, the cheating. It wasn't me. So I fucked it off and I stuck to my roots. I believed in what my heart was telling me and I followed my heart, and to me, that's the most important thing to do in life. Creativity has got to be pure, you can't fake it. It's got to be nurtured with the utmost respect as you possibly can. Creativity knows when it's being used in the wrong. The universe is a very sensitive thing. It wasn't right and you just know that. I'm not the type of person to just sit and procrastinate and be in a situation where I wasn't feeling good about it. That was that."

Blistering.com: So then you went and recorded a solo record, "Died Laughing", which is one of the most beautiful records that I've heard in my life. You have so many great songs on that record.

Keith: "What a gorgeous record and Roadrunner fucked that up too."

Blistering.com: That's what my next question was going to be. It wasn't released here, what was that like as an artist?

Keith: "Oh, it destroyed me! It destroyed me. I thought I'd delivered Roadrunner the greatest record musically that they'd ever had in their entire glossary of bands. I gave them a record that they could not handle. It just goes to show you that their staff was not strong enough to really work this. After working with Epic Records and realizing how serious these people take their jobs and their titles, Roadrunner is a fucking soup kitchen compared to Epic. It's fucking ridiculous what they did to me. I moved to Europe for that fucking label! I was still robbed and taken advantage of and… fucking whatever."

Blistering.com: Did that crush you musically?

Keith: "I'm still crushed about it. I have a whole roster of music that when the moment comes again to do a proper solo release with all-star musicians, I'm going to take that opportunity and run with it. Roadrunner just destroyed it, they destroyed that record and that record has so much life; it's so beautiful."

LIFE OF AGONY's latest album, "Broken Valley" (Epic), has sold 24,000 copies in the United States since its June 2005 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This number pales in comparison to the total sales of each of their proper studio album released through Roadrunner: 1993's "River Runs Red" (158,000), 1995's "Ugly" (83,000) and 1997's "Soul Searching Sun" (65,000). The band's sole release for SPV Records, the "River Runs Again: Live 2003" live album and DVD, has sold approximately 13,000 copies in the U.S. between its various formats, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Read the full article at Blistering.com.

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God Forbid Added To Locobazooka Festival

God Forbid has just been added to the WAAF Locobazooka Festival, which is set to take place on September 18 in Fitchburgh, MA. The festival features Disturbed, The Dropkick Murphys, Ill Nino, Life Of Agony, Clutch, Seemless, Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Dope, Bloodsimple, and many more. Tickets are $39.95. For more information, check out www.locobazooka.com.

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Brand New Sin Added To Black Label Society Tour

Syracuse-based hard rock quintet Brand New Sin have just secured the direct support slot on the upcoming Black Label Society tour, which kicks off in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Oct. 14. This five-week, major market trek will coincide with the release of their new video for upcoming single “Days Are Numbered,” shot by acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed).

Brand New Sin, who recently headlined the Syracruise bike rally (“Central New York’s largest annual motorcycle event”) in their hometown, are no strangers to Black Label Society, who are currently playing to thousands of fans each night on the main stage of Ozzfest. The group played nine shows with Zakk Wylde’s band of SDMF’s three years ago in support of their self-titled debut, including an infamous Detroit gig at which Black Label Society filmed its first live DVD - a show at which the crowd depleted the venue’s entire beer supply.

“We’re happy to be going back out with Black Label,” says Brand New Sin front man Joe Altier. “The last time around, we were out for only two weeks. Our bands fit perfectly together, and this is a great chance for us to take it around the entire country.”

Brand New Sin is currently headlining the Revolver magazine-sponsored Summer of Rock tour alongside Dog Faced Gods and Supagroup in support of Recipe For Disaster, their critically acclaimed new album. The tour will be followed by a short trek with Life of Agony, who are currently headlining the Gigantour second stage. Meanwhile, their video for lead Recipe single “Black And Blue,” also shot by Resteghini, is currently in heavy rotation on Metal Asylum and Headbangers Ball; it has also been posted online at this location.

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