Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Life Of Agony





demos, 1989/1999
River Runs Red (digi edition w/4 live bonus), 1993
This Time MCD, 1994
Ugly (metal tin edition w/2 bonus), 1995
Soul Searching Sun, 1997
Unplugged At The Lowlands Festival, 1997
River Runs Again - Live - CD 1, 2003
River Runs Again - Live - CD 2, 2003
Broken Valley, 2005
20 Years Strong - River Runs Red : Live In Brussels, 2010
The year was 1993 and we were honeymooning with Marielle in NYC, desperate for a good show. There were great shows before and after but not during out stay, so we easily got talked into going to see this band unknown to us, Life of Agony, by a guy in a record store: he told us they had the Type O Negative drummer (from the two master superior very best very zerrrrrest albums Slow, Deep and Hard and Bloody Kisses), we could not resist. So we attended what was the launch party (in a Manhattan church) of River Runs Red (produced by Josh Silver of Type O Negative... ach, a family affair) and to this day it is one of the very best shows we ever saw, ever. It was just too amazing to be true! And so is the CD: heavy, intense, melodic and dark to the level of Candlemass, River Runs Red has remained on the top of the EZTT. This is some CLASSIC AWESOME metal here! And I mean true 90s metal inherited from the Best Wishes / Alpha Omega era of the Cro-Mags, not some fucking shoot-me-in-the-knee-nu-metal. If new to L.O.A., River Runs Red is mandatory, then the excellent follow up Ugly, then the live stuff and the great 2005 comeback album Broken Valley, a depressing piece of heavy rock. You may forget the demos (average NYHC) and the Soul Searching Sun unzer thing that features the singer from Ugly Kid Joe - not terrible, but much weaker/radio oriented than expected.
Factoids: the guitarist was in the 2007 reunion of Carnivore, and the singer is now a lady (yes, like the bass player from Cretin).
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CD rip.

Life Of Agony website with tons of videos + links to buy CDs & merch!
L.O.A. on MySpace



4 comments:

  1. whoever voted this as awful is a fool.

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  2. What, Cradle of Korn fans on this site? Or lost Skrewdriver disciples? Earth Crisis anyone? I'll do a test soon, I'll post some really bad hardcore just to check the votes...

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  3. Soul Searching Sun was done with Keith Caputo on vocals. He was the reason why they changed to a softer sound as he was not into harder music, as judged by his solo work, and uncomfortable with the fame that it gave him. There is a documentary from The Netherlands on Keith Caputo and he explains all of his reasons for leaving LOA, including his desire to create and perform more mainstream music.

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  4. Hello! Please reupload Life Of Agony demos!!!

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