Life of Agony
From: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Upcoming Brand New Sin tour dates: More...
The Gigantour summer festival trek — featuring co-headliners MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER alongside with a host of support acts — kicked off July 21 in Fresno, California. The following Nielsen SoundScan sales figures (as of August 3, 2005) for the bands participating in the tour have been rounded to the nearest thousand:
"Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" - 52,000 (+23,650 since July 13)
"The System Has Failed" - 162,000 (+1,739 since July 13)
"Countdown to Extinction" - 2,263,000 (+1,431 since July 13)
"Octavarium" - 56,000 (+8,160 since July 13)
"Train of Thought" - 125,000 (+803 since July 13)
"Images & Words" - 604,000 (+594 since July 13)
"Archetype" - 128,000 (+942 since July 13)
"Obsolete" - 459,000 (+921 since July 13)
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN:
"Miss Machine" - 68,000 (+822 since July 13)
"Calculating Infinity" - 69,000 (+345 since July 13)
"This Godless Endeavor" - 5,000 (NEW!)
"Enemies of Reality" - 24,000 (+555 since July 13)
"Dead Heart In A Dead World" - 30,000 (+174 since July 13)
LIFE OF AGONY:
"Broken Valley" - 19,000 (+3,720 since July 13)
"River Runs Red" - 158,000 (+153 since July 13)
"The Odyssey" - 24,000 (+578 since July 13)
"V: The New Mythology Suite" - 19,000 (+152 since July 13)
DRY KILL LOGIC:
"Dead and Dreaming" - 24,000 (+570 since July 13)
"The Darker Side of Nonsense" - 60,000 (+131 since July 13)
BOBAFLEX - "Primitive Epic" - 4,000 (+48 since July 13)
NOTE: MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, and NEVERMORE played 10 Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC, and BOBAFLEX played eight Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. LIFE OF AGONY played seven shows between July 21 and August 2. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has yet to make a Gigantour appearance.
The set lists from all the bands on "Gigantour," minus THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN since they have not joined the tour yet, from the first date of the tour (July 21st) in Fresno, CA at the Selland Arena have been released.
Blackmail The Universe
Set The World Afire
Skin Of My Teeth
In My Darkest Hour
Wake Up Dead
A Tout Le Monde
Die Dead Enough
Tornado Of Souls
Kick The Chair
Symphony Of Destruction
The Root of All Evil
Under a Glass Moon
The Glass Prison
This Dying Soul
Just Let Me Breathe
As I Am
Pull Me Under/Metropolis
Acres of Skin
Fault of the Flesh
Enemies of Reality
LIFE OF AGONY:
Day He Died
Love to Let U
Sea of Lies
DRY KILL LOGIC:
With Deepest Regret
Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck
6 Feet Under
Bright Red Violent Sex
Got you Trapped
Better Than Me
Turn the Heat Up
LIFE OF AGONY have blurred out an offensive image in their new video, "Love to Let You Down", following reports that the clip included footage of a person wearing a t-shirt bearing the SS (Schutzstaffel) Totenkopf symbol — the "Death's Head" symbol of the Nazi Elite Unit from the Third Reich.
Check out the offending image screen capture) at (this location. More information on the "Death's Head" symbol can be found here.
LIFE OF AGONY have issued the following statement regarding the matter:
"Alright, now, you guys really need to get jobs or something cause this t-shirt Nazi thing is really stupid. We are offended to even be called Nazis. I mean, one of the band members is Jewish. Give me a break. Social parasites, get off your asses and get a grip on the situation.
"First off, that wasn't even Keith's [Caputo, singer] shirt, Wardrobe stylists in the L.A. video shoot told Keith to put on the shirt, it wasn't even his it belonged to wardrobe. Obviously, the wardrobe girls just thought it was a cool shirt — they had no idea what it meant 50 years earlier. I do know that the end footage of the video, the offensive logo has been blurred out now, so no one will see it any more in Germany."
LIFE OF AGONY's new album, "Broken Valley", has sold 13,658 copies in the United States since its June 14 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
BRAND NEW SIN have confirmed their plans to ship out to Europe this September. The band will be providing support to management sidekicks LIFE OF AGONY. Another mini-tour involving an undisclosed European band is also in the works, more information is expected shortly.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the Gigantour.com web site:
"A few days ago, while considering what to do for the first week or so of shows until THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN joins Gigantour, and what my options were at the time when my fantastic 'co-headliners' DREAM THEATER were going to have to depart, I mentioned that I may move someone to Stage 1 from Stage 2. Well, I am no longer considering that.
"You see, I had contemplated having six acts on each stage, but at that length of time and with that amount of talent, each band would have had their set-time cut down, and I would just be having bands on for the sake of having bands on.
"I am not a 'second-guesser' kind of guy, and I am going to stick with five acts per stage, and keep the set times as long as I can with respect to each band and their accomplishments so far.
"Of course, there is sure to be some instances where one act is bigger than another in a different city as opposed to their position on the bill, but the 'goings on' behind the scenes on a touring festival like this is quite laborious and once things are in a groove, it is much easier AND better for the crew working in the trenches everyday to keep it in the groove. You must know that the bands make it 'rock', but the crews make it "roll."
"So, here are the set times for Stage 1:
MEGADETH - Co-headline (90 mins)
DREAM THEATER - Co-headline (90 mins) confirmed through 6/21-9/3/2005
FEAR FACTORY - Special Guests (45 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Guests (30 mins) confirmed 8/2-9/11/2005
NEVERMORE - Guests (30 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
LIFE OF AGONY (40 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
SYMPHONY X (30 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
DRY KILL LOGIC (20 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
[last act to be confirmed this week] (20 mins) 6/21-9/11/2005
BOBAFLEX (20 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
"Once DREAM THEATER has to leave, I have my short list for the next act to finish out the last week of Gigantour 1 in North America; ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, and OVERKILL are just to name a few. In fact, I left things with Scott Ian and we both agreed, that it would be a perfect time and position for ANTHRAX, as I am sure it would.
"So, for now, I am pretty much done with all of the selecting talent, excluding the announcement of the "new school who does old school" metal band coming up this week. The holiday took precedence over the tour business and I was unable to wrap this up before the weekend, but it will get finished this week.
"I want to wish a great Memorial Day Weekend to the friends here who celebrate it, and to all of my awesomes guests on the roster for Gigantour 1."
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"You have spoken, and being a band of the people, by the people, blah, blah, blah. . . it is my privilege to welcome LIFE OF AGONY to Stage 2 of Gigantour.
"Some of you may remember when [MEGADETH] toured with LOA back when Whitfield Crane was subbing for the estranged original singer, but they have reformed, have a new disc coming, and I have a friendship with the boys, and I think will be great to have them around.
"I really like this band and I hope you do too.
"Tomorrow I should be confirming my 'new school band that does old school metal,' and this is prolly going to be the last band on the tour if we don't move a Stage 2 band to Stage 1."
Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Also scheduled to appear on the second stage are DRY KILL LOGIC, SYMPHONY X and BOBAFLEX.
LIFE OF AGONY will be releasing their new album, "Broken Valley", on June 14 via Epic Records.
Life of Agony have made a video for the new single, "Love to Let You Down" and can be reached here. Also they have announced three dates for a June tour, they are as follows:
June 14 - New York NY @ CBGB's
June 15 - Farmingdale NY @ The Downtown
June 16 - Hoboken NJ @ Maxwells
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist Bryan Ottoson is rumored to have been found dead in his bunk earlier today prior to the band's scheduled appearance at the Plex in North Charleston, SC. An official word on the matter is expected shortly.
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE were in the middle of a U.S. tour with MUDVAYNE, LIFE OF AGONY and BLOODSIMPLE in support of their new album, "The Feeding", available on Nitrus/DRT. The follow-up to 2001's "The War of Art" (American Recordings) was recorded at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman (who engineered "The War of Art", and whose credits include MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and BUSH).
Hailing from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the six members of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE garnered both commercial and critical acclaim with "The War of Art", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart. Intensive, high-profile touring followed, including Ozzfest 2002, cementing the band's reputation as a killer live act.
I attended the Philadelphia stop on the Mudvayne, Life of Agony, American Head Charge and Bloodsimple tour on Saturday, April 9th at the Electric Factory. Mudvayne recently had to cancel their stop on the Guerilla Tour for Philly due to many different reasons. However they still honored those tickets at this show. Which were cheaper, by the way. I had the chance to also interview Matt McDonough prior to the event so look for that in the coming days as well! More...
The Syracuse-based hard rock quintet Brand New Sin will head out on a string of Northeastern dates with ‘80s legends Faster Pussycat from April 19th to April 24th, leading into two shows alongside Grammy Award-winning rock icons Motorhead. The group recently wrapped up highly successful strings of dates alongside Motorhead, Corrosion of Conformity and Life of Agony in support of their highly anticipated new full-length album "Recipe For Disaster," now set for a May 31st release.
Brand New Sin recently shot a video for the track “Black And Blue” with acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed).
Joe Altier (vocals) checks in with the following tour report:
We are home safe and sound, trying to stop the ringing in our ears and most importantly giving our livers a rest. The Motorhead tour was everything we expected and more. We wanna thank Motorhead, C.O.C, Zeke and all their crews for making it memorable and at times real fucking fuzzy. We also thank all the old diehard sinners for showing their faces again and for not forgetting us and we welcome all the new converts and look forward to seeing you all again real soon. A big thanks also goes out to our brothers in Life Of Agony for hooking us up with a few shows on our way home, and of course we must give a shout out to our fans in Flint and Detroit.
We have a string of dates coming up on the East Coast from April 19th to the 24th and then join back up with the Motorhead tour on May 4th and 5th. Look for our new video for ‘Black And Blue’ to make its Headbangers Ball and Uranium debuts next month and we will be announcing our summer plans real soon. Don't forget our new full-length album, Recipe For Disaster, will drop on May 30th for everyone across the pond in Europe and May 31st for all you here in the U.S. In the meantime, you can check out our Black And Blue EP, featuring the title track (our first single) along with three exclusive new cuts. This is available through our website and at all of our live shows. If you see me sitting in a random bar in Syracuse, hit me up because I will have a few of them in my back pocket. See all of you real soon.
Just when you thought you've heard it all, Brand New Sin returns with an aggressive, blue-collar American hard rock album sure to create a buzz that will transcend genres. Click here to hear the full-length version of “Black And Blue.”
Brand New Sin with Faster Pussycat tour dates:
Apr. 19 House Of Rock - Baltimore, MD
Apr. 20 Dragonfly - Harrison PA
Apr. 21 Staircase - Pittston PA
Apr. 22 Continental - New York NY
Apr. 23 Dingbatz - Jersey City NJ
Apr. 24 Crazy Donkey - Long Island NY
Brand New Sin with Motorhead tour dates:
May 04 Hampton Beach Casino - Hampton Beach NH
May 05 BB King's - New York NY
Bloodsimple have announced the final routing for their forthcoming tour alongside Mudvayne, Life of Agony, and American Head Charge. The tour is set to kick off on March 29th in St. Paul, MN and will conclude on May 15th in St. Louis, MO.
Bloodsimple will be touring in support of their forthcoming album "A Cruel World", which hits stores on March 26th.
Mudvayne will be out supporting their new CD "Lost And Found," which will see a North American release on April 12th.
Tour Dates: More...
Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...