Life of Agony
From: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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.
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...
LIFE OF AGONY's new album, "Broken Valley" (view cover here), has had its release date pushed back to June 14 from the previously announced May 31. The delay is being attributed to "production issues," according to the group's management.
As previously reported, LIFE OF AGONY's new single, "Love to Let You Down", has been posted at the group's official web site. You can check it out at this location. The single is scheduled to go for radio adds around March 21.
LIFE OF AGONY have been recording tracks for the new CD since October in two studios in Hollywood, CA, with producer Greg Fidelman (SLIPKNOT, JET, AUDIOSLAVE). Drums were tracked at the legendary Sunset Sound recording studio (home to where several DOORS albums were made), while bass, guitars, vocals and other overdubs were recorded at Westlake Studios (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS).
LIFE OF AGONY's upcoming album will be their first collection of new material since "Soul Searching Sun", which was released in 1997. The group's last 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.
The highly anticipated new Brand New Sin full-length album "Recipe For Disaster" is now set for a May 31st release and will be preceded by a series of performances alongside rock legends Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity, kicking off March 9 in Sayerville, N.J. In conjunction with the tour, the band will release a low-priced four-track EP titled "Black And Blue," which will be available starting in March at select independent retailers.
The title track, "Black And Blue,” will serve as the first single from "Recipe For Disaster"; the other three songs will be exclusive to the EP. The group recently shot a video for “Black And Blue” with acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed); click here to check out stills from the shoot. Brand New Sin are currently wrapping up a two-week tour of the Southeast and were recently added to a slew of new Motorhead shows, along with two special gigs with Life of Agony late next month.
The Southern-influenced hard rock quintet first burst upon the scene in 2002 with their groundbreaking self-titled debut, which garnered acclaim from such mainstream outlets as Billboard and Guitar One. The group went on to earn a devoted legion of fans through relentless touring with a wide array of artists, from Black Label Society and Slayer to Breaking Benjamin and Saliva. It's the stunning blend of Altier's captivating roar and melodic overtones mixed with the band's gritty, rock-solid rhythm section, stunning dual guitar solos and pummeling hooks that helps this group stand out from the pack and appeal to a diverse audience.
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.”
Life of Agony's newest studio creation will finally arrive in stores this May. The new album entitled "Broken Valley" is Life of Agony's first studio effort in over eight years.
"Personally, I think it's the best album we've ever done," says LOA frontman Keith Caputo. "It's super-raw and aggro and has an energy all its own. It's amazing that we've been able to come together after all these years and make an album like this."
Life of Agony will also be heading out on the road in late March alongside Mudvayne for a series of dates.
"Broken Valley" Track Listing:
01. Love To Let You Down
02. Last Cigarette
03. Wicked Ways
04. Don't Bother
05. Strung Out
06. Junk Sick
07. The Calm That Disturbs You
08. No One Survives
10. The Day He Died
11. Broken Valley
12. Room 244
'Broken Valley' will arrive on stores shelves on May 31st through Epic Records.
A tour that has been under wraps for several weeks now, has finally been leaked on the net. The packaged tour of LIFE OF AGONY and MUDVAYNE, who will co-headline a full tour across North America, will be joined by AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE and BLOODSIMPLE. The latter who of course is signed to MUDVAYNE frontman Chad Gray's Bullygoat Records.
MUDVAYNE will release their album "Lost and Found" on April 12th.
LIFE OF AGONY will release "Broken Valley" sometime in May.
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE will release their new album "The Feeding" on February 15th.
BLOODSIMPLE will release their debut album, "A Cruel World", on March 29th.
According to the recently reformed crossover legend's new website, the new Life of Agony album will be released on Epic Records this this spring. The new album features the original line-up of drummer Sal Abruscato, lead vocalist Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z and bassist Alan Robert.
The mixing process for Life of Agony's highly anticipated new album, "Broken Valley," is almost complete. The record is due out in stores sometime in May 2005 and it features new tracks such as "Strung Out," "Wicked Ways," and "Don't Bother". The group has been recording since October, in two studios in Hollywood, CA, with producer Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Jet, Audioslave). Drums were tracked at the legendary Sunset Sound recording studio (home to where several Doors albums were made), while bass, guitars, vocals and other overdubs were recorded at Westlake Studios (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.).
A tentative release date for "Broken Valley" is scheduled for May 2005 through Epic Records.