New York has been one of the hot beds for metal and hard core since the 1980’s. It’s no wonder that we have seen some of the greatest bands evolve from the New York Scene. Simply driving through a tunnel or going over the Manhattan bridge puts you into another world called Brooklyn. There rested one of the most well known venues in metal history L’Amour. Many bands from Overkill, Type-O-Negative, Agnostic Front Biohazard and countless others laid down their roots in Bay Ridge. Some of the most legendary bands from Motorhead, Metallica and Slayer played there on their first US tours.
One of the most memorable are Brooklyn’s Life Of Agony. They were a recording artist that not only broke boundaries but paved the way for a scene that had an empty void. It was a style and groove that no one had witnessed. It all changed the way we look at the band but their unique talent to be different. With the release of the documentary “The Sound Of Scars” It’s a closer in depth look at why this band is so special.
A Metal Contraband Q&A Editorial By Munsey Ricci:
“When we first started LOA over 30 years ago, I don’t think any of us could have predicted the impact that this band would have on so many people around the world,” says Alan Robert, bassist for Life of Agony. “We got together as a way of saving ourselves, but ultimately, through the music and the brutal honesty of the lyrics, we ended up saving so many others along the way.”
The band made it’s mark with the release of “Rivers Run Red” in 1993 on Roadrunner Records. Then Monte Conner who was A&R for Roadrunner saw something in the band that was very unique, Mina Caputo’s vocals. It was so different and catchy that the fans instantly picked up on them and embraced the band as their own. In 1995 the band released “Ugly” (Roadrunner Records) which launched the band on the global stage from “A killer band” to a mainstay in everybody’s CD player. They went on to release “Broken Valley” on (Epic Records) in 2005 with the band’s first major label release. Then A Place Where There’s No More Pain in 2017 and The Sound Of Scars both on (Napalm Records)
The trial by fire of a band are not what they always seem to many fans from the outside looking in. This is one of the key factors in what makes Life Of Agony so different is their childhood. Catching a glimpse of what it was like in Mina and Joey’s households growing up. Is one of the elements that transcends into the band’s music. An artist writes what they feel and feels what they write. When watching “The Sound Of Scars Documentary” you can see what they felt growing up as a child. The documentary really takes a close in depth look at their childhood and gives any of those watching a first hand look at when it was like for the band.
“This Sound Of Scars film is a testament to our authenticity”, states Joey Z. “So many people have had questions about our journey, and all of them will be answered. People will finally understand just how important this band has been to us (and the world), and why we have no end in sight”.
The 90-minute film also takes a deep dive into lead vocalist Mina Caputo’s gender transition. “We’ve never avoided tough conversations and we don’t pretend to have all the answers,” says Caputo. “But, this film is a roadmap with many great lessons. It shows a ton of vulnerability… moments of falling downward and others where we rise strong. Enjoy this gift of imperfection. May you find the tools to be braver with this film”.
Going deeper into the production of the documentary directed by Leigh Brooks. We asked Joey Z on where did much of it come from.
“We personally didn’t choose the footage”, Says Joey Z. We forwarded everything we had in our videotape archives to Leigh Brooks and his team. They spent the time going through hours of stuff to pull what they needed to help tell the story. The L’amour stuff is so classic. Sitting there watching the film brought so many of those memories back. It was a special time back then”.
Joey, Where do you see Live Of Agony going and what plans do you and the band have for the future. The last 2 albums A Place Where There’s No More Pain and The Sound Of Scars was one of the band’s best records to date. Moving forward where do you see the band going?
This Sound Of Scars film is a testament to our authenticity. So many people have had questions about our journey, and all of them will be answered. People will finally understand just how important this band has been to us (and the world), and why we have no end in sight.
This is one documentary that as a fan it’s a must watch. We went through the film and it’s by far one of the best artist documentaries I’ve seen. Don’t miss this on April 16th.
Limited, Two-Week Screening of The Director’s Cut Begins Friday, April 16. Visit https://www.soundofscars.com for more details.