Life of Agony detail new LP, touring, playing Irving/Starland ++ check out Alan Robert’s coloring book
Last year, Life of Agony announced that they’d release a new album called A Place Where There’s No More Pain, their first since 2005’s poorly-received comeback attempt Broken Valley and first since singer Mina Caputo came out as transgender. Now a release date is finally set and more details are here. It comes out on April 28 via Napalm Records. LOA bassist/songwriter Alan Robert says:
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, NYC. 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.
LOA are also touring in support of the album, with four shows in the tri-state area. They play NYC’s Irving Plaza (4/28) on album release day, Poughkeepsie’s The Chance on April 29 (with Sworn Enemy), Wantagh’s Mulcahy’s on May 13 (with VOD and Ludichrist), and NJ’s Starland Ballroom on May 20. They’re also hosting the “Calling From the Underground” Unsigned Band Contest, which will award one unsigned band in the tri-state area the opening slot on their Irving Plaza show. Tickets for the NY shows and the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/6) at 10 AM and noon, respectively. All dates are listed below.
As you might know, Alan is also a popular horror comic book artist now, and recently published a bad-ass adult coloring book called The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book. The press release states, “This unique, horror-themed coloring book for adults is filled with 80 pages of Robert’s original, hand drawn, and nightmarish illustrations.” Robert adds:
I think the main reason why people are so excited about The Beauty of Horror coloring book is that it’s something different for coloring fans. Nature and peaceful, abstract patterns don’t appeal to everybody. There are a ton of coloring fans out there with darker, edgier tastes, and they’re hungry to find an alternative to the norm. This book speaks to them. It’s art therapy for the abnormal.
We have a copy and it’s very cool. You can get a taste of the book in the video below, and pick up your copy at Amazon.
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Life of Agony — 2017 Tour Dates
4/27: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4/28: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/29: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/12: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre
5/13: Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s
5/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
5/20: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom