Life Of Agony & Sick Of It All : 30 Sick Years Of Agony Coventry Carols
Life Of Agony
Life of Agony emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut “River Runs Red” (Roadrunner Records), named by Rolling Stone as being one of the “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time” the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following. For nearly three decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Life of Agony has sold over one million albums to date.
With six studio albums under its belt, including “Ugly” (’95) and “Soul Searching Sun” (’97) for Roadrunner Records, “Broken Valley” for Sony/Epic Records in 2005 (produced by Greg Fidelman – of Slipknot, Metallica fame), and 2017’s “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” via Napalm Records, LIFE OF AGONY released the hard-hitting, emotional concept album “The Sound of Scars” in October, 2019 (Napalm). The record received critical acclaim and was named Album Of The Year by The Aquarian and the #1 Album on Metal Hammer’s (DE) ‘Best of 2019’: Alternative-Rock/Punk List. The album was produced by Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down) along with LOA’s very own Joey Z (mixing duties helmed by Massy), and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Metallica, Soundgarden). “The Sound of Scars” continues the haunting narrative from the band’s groundbreaking 1993 debut “River Runs Red”.
“By far, this is the best Life of Agony record you’ve heard in years,” explains guitarist Joey Z. “We really went back to our roots on this one and tapped into the mindset we had when we first started the band.” The group filmed a chaotic, high-energy video for lead-off track ‘Scars’ with director Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films.
Most recently, a full-length, feature film documentary based on the lives of the three core members of the group, also titled “The Sound of Scars”, was presented at Cannes Film Festival by Toronto-based genre specialist Raven Banner. The film received universal praise from the media and fans alike, rated five stars by Kerrang, who called it “Unflinching”, and the film was featured on CNN, Psychology Today, and BBC. See full reviews, here >
Watch THE SOUND OF SCARS Life of Agony Documentary Trailer: https://youtu.be/XzhYR7gI5iU
For more information on Life of Agony, official websites and social media, visit: https://linktr.ee/lifeofagony
Sick Of It All
New York City hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL aren’t slowing down with age, the long-standing quartet are still pissed off, and the genre stalwarts still see many years ahead. SICK OF IT ALL remain a beacon of continuity, integrity, and resolve. That’s good news for SICK OF IT ALL fans and the hardcore scene. Since forming in 1986, SICK OF IT ALL have traveled the world many times over, played in front of hundreds of thousands, and released 11 acclaimed full-length albums, the latest of which is the riotous if anthemic Wake the Sleeping Dragon!. That SICK OF IT ALL continue to live by the standards in their original charter isn’t a matter of course, it’s part of their respective DNA. Hardcore is SICK OF IT ALL. “We’re a band that thrives from frustration,” says drummer Armand Majidi. “Aging seems to work well with our message, as opposed to a good-time band who sings about partying all night. There are so many horrible aspects of the world that become more obvious to us year after year, which we didn’t see or understand before, which fuel our frustration every day. We’ve lived long enough now to see through the matrix, and thank goodness we have this band, so we can vent about it.”