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River Runs Red - Life Of Agony

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Life Of Agony / Audio CD released 2000-05-08 at Roadrunner

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      16.04.2009 16:35

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      Startling debut from the new sound of hardcore

      Life of Agony burst onto the rock/metal scene with River Runs Red, it was a debut that sounded like nothing else when it arrived. Basically combining the sort of rough-house tactics that Biohazard employed previously (Shouted gang vocals, chugging guitars, double-time drums) with a more melodic, mournful vocal style (courtesy of Keith Caputo), they found a niche in the market and gained many fans because of it.

      The opener 'This Time' is probably a little more melodic than most of the album, the soaring, pleading chorus allowing Caputo to really show his vocal range. Following up with 'Underground', a heavier song, with various tempo changes throughout, keeping the listener on their toes.

      THis is a very bleak album throughout, a concept album as it were. There are intersecting cuts of dialogue between the tracks, illustrating a young man's (ultimately) fatal downward spiral into depression. It is not the album for a summers day in the garden.

      Album highlights are the one-two blast of the title track and 'Through and Through', both upping the speed stakes and retaining the melody that flows throughout all of the album.

      Life of Agony may have refined their sound after this album, but they never sounded so excited.

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      07.09.2008 19:29
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      Life of Agony's first album (1993).

      'River Runs Red' is the debut release from Brooklyn alternative metal band Life of Agony, and is one of the defining examples of the nineties doom rock style with its slow yet powerful guitar riffs and soaring vocals that avoid the pomposity of Candlemass. These songs are simple, catchy and compelling, and the obscure narrative inserted in-between in the form of dialogue and answering machine messages (on 'Monday,' 'Thursday' and 'Friday') add another level of enjoyment for fans intrigued by the lyrical concept as well as the music. Fortunately for those not interested in such things, it's even easier to ignore.

      The style does become a little trying as the album moves on and every song sounds similar to its predecessor, but there are some exceptions that aim to keep the listener's attention such as the shorter, harder and punkier title track. Clearly inspired by classic doom bands such as Black Sabbath, this is a less gothic alternative to contemporary equivalents such as Type O Negative for more mainstream rock fans.

      1. This Time
      2. Underground
      3. Monday
      4. River Runs Red
      5. Through and Through
      6. Words and Music
      7. Thursday
      8. Bad Seed
      9. My Eyes
      10. Respect
      11. Method of Groove
      12. The Stain Remains
      13. Friday

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 This Time
      2 Underground
      3 Monday
      4 River Runs Red
      5 Through And Through
      6 Words And Music
      7 Thursday
      8 Bad Seed
      9 My Eyes
      10 Respect
      11 Method Of Groove
      12 Stain Remains
      13 Friday