Reactivated Brooklyn hard rock veterans LIFE OF AGONY will release their new album, "A Place Where There's No More Pain", on April 28 via Napalm. The band's fifth studio LP will mark LIFE OF AGONY's first release since singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender in 2011.
"We're in the final stages of mixing the album with our producer and then we head into mastering sessions with Ted Jensen (ALICE IN CHAINS, MACHINE HEAD, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound [in New York City]," says LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert.
"This record is a monster and we're so psyched to finally share it come April. It's got such an energy to it. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves.
"We definitely turned things up a few notches in 2017, and it feels great. And I gotta say, we've never been so focused as a band. Before we even wrote the first note, we all knew what kind of record we wanted to make. You can hear that drive and intensity in the tracks and you can feel the momentum building."
In support of "A Place Where There's No More Pain", LIFE OF AGONY will hit the road this spring in the Northeast United States. The first short run of dates kicks off April 27 in Allston, Massachusetts and runs through April 29 in Poughkeepsie, New York. The second jaunt begins May 12 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and runs through May 20 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the excitement around LIFE OF AGONY at a fever pitch, the band has announced a contest called the LIFE OF AGONY "Calling From The Underground" unsigned band contest. This contest will award the best unsigned band in the tri-state area by being booked to open on one of their upcoming dates.
LIFE OF AGONY got its big break in the early '90s as an unsigned act, opening for OVERKILL, TYPE O NEGATIVE and BIOHAZARD at The Ritz and now want to be able to give that chance to an up-and-coming band. The winner will be opening LIFE OF AGONY's hometown album-release show April 28 in New York. More details will be announced soon.
LIFE OF AGONY returned to the stage and performed on multiple festival dates in Europe over the summer of 2014. The band's famed "River Runs Red" lineup, consisting of vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joseph Zampella (a.k.a. Joey Z),bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato, was excited to take the stage together once again after a three-year hiatus.
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