Life Of Agony Biography
This Alternative-Metal group was founded in Brooklyn, New York USA, in 1989 by vocalist Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z., legal name Joseph Zampella and bassist Alan Robert; the trio, along with several drummers, began hitting the New York Hardcore Garage scene and eventually snagged opening slots for acts like Fear Factory and Motörhead.
Life Of Agony were joined by drummer Sal Abruscato in 1993, just as a
deal was struck with Roadrunner Records for the debut album, "River
Runs Red", released in October that same year.
Almost exactly two years later, the quartet issued "Ugly", the record which featured a raucous cover version of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)", smashed into the top 10 of The Billboard Heatseekers chart and reached the #153 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list; the group supported the release by touring with Ozzy Osbourne, Korn and Anthrax.
Another two years passed before the band returned with its third album, during this time Abruscato was replaced by drummer Dan Richardson, "Soul Searching Sun" was finally released in September 1997 and matched the Billboard's charts position of their previous LP, the first single released off, "Weeds", debuted at #27 on The Mainstream Rock chart, followed by another Active Rock top 40 hit in "Tangerine".
Frontman Keith Caputo decided to leave the band to pursue a solo career, he was briefly replaced by former Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane; Life Of Agony officially disbanded in April of 1999.
The classic band line-up of Caputo, Joey Z., Robert and Abruscato were set to reunite for a sold-out shows at Irving Plaza in New York City on January 3-4, 2003; their live re-formation was captured for posterity on the "River Runs Again" album issued through SPV Records worldwide.
Life Of Agony's next album, "Broken Valley", their first collection of new material since "Soul Searching Sun", was released in June 2005; it reached #147 on The Billboard 200 and the lead single, "Love To Let You Down", hit #25 on The Mainstream Rock chart.