October 12, 1993 - 2018: 25 years of River Runs Red.

1993: a new type of NYHC !

One of Roadrunner Records's strongest CD of the 90s: rising from the underground, a concept-album through and through, LIFE OF AGONY's River Runs Red is Brooklyn's blue-collar direct answer to METALLICA's Master Of Puppets.

Along label-mates BIOHAZARD, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MADBALL and VISION OF DISORDER ...L.O.A. were part of this new breed of metal from the early 90s and created a modern hybrid between traditional thrashmetal and hardcore-punk, with an unmistakable street-level vibe and lethal mosh tone, all wrapped with velvety vocals.

"Concept-album" and "hardcore-punk", two opposite terms that we tend to never hear about from the same artist, yet LIFE OF AGONY set the pace. River Runs Red is an dark twisted intricate voyage into an teenager's week, from losing his girlfriend on Monday, being harassed by his angry mother, to losing his job on Thursday and to ending his own life on Friday. The last minute-and-a-half of this CD won't leave your mind at ease.

A true metal gem, from the decade that gave us a fresh new sight on what was traditional rock and heavymetal.


October 10, 1995 - 2020: 25 years of: Ugly.

Beauty in darkness.

From the depth of the indie NYHC scene, Brooklyn's LIFE OF AGONY are an underrated band of the 90s. Bursting out with the explosive and emotive iconic debut 1993's River Runs Red CD, this gang had a different twist.

With total DIY esthetics and motto, even in this saturated scene, the thrash sounds of LIFE OF AGONY are unmistakable. Gone (almost) was the hardcore punches, this is a fully mature metal-band, yet the jump-factor is still present on some tracks, coz ya know, gotta keep the good stuff commin'

Forget about the Big Apple, this is the biggest guitar-tone of all, as "Seasons" kicks-in. Thump, groove and that velvety voice, courtesy of frontman Keith Caputo. The heat raises-up a notch on the street-level vibed "I Regret" and the build-up on the sick introvert title-track "Ugly".

Heaviness, crunch and emotions are flying high on "Other Side Of The River" and the tearful "Let's Pretend". Newwave gets a 90s-facelift, on the added SIMPLE MINDS classic "Don't You Forget About Me" ...a no-brainer with a new beautiful touch.

The seed is sown, emo-rock before emo-rock was even a thing. 90s-metal, great bands with character and soul, new soundscapes and attitude by the boat-load. On stage, the delivery was close to perfection. What a wonderful time to be alive, I know, i was there.

Full CD
Interview + live on Power30
Live in Montreal in 1995
Interview + live in London in 1996


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