New York’s Life of Agony are poised to release their first album of all new material in 12 years this week. Entitled A Place Where There’s No More Pain, they have laid out all their proverbial cards with this release, and in my opinion, they have surpassed all expectations. If you are expecting a return to the punk-laced River Runs Red years, you will be disappointed.What they have is a masterpiece of harmony and heavy riffs. If Dirt-era Alice in Chains crashed into Metallica‘s self-titled album, it would come close to what Life of Agony have here. So fucking good!
“Meet My Maker” starts off with an ominous tone and turns into a riff-fest amid stunning vocals. It’s heavy and precise. “Right This Wrong” continues this trend with vocals that are haunting, even droning at times, demonstrating that vocalist Mina Caputo has really found her niche. The title track is a bit heavier, but also catchier. This is a song that will be haunting your psyche for weeks to come. “Dead Speak Kindly” slows things down to a gear-grinding, grungy tempo. The vocals are haunting to start, and then break into a killer harmony during the bridge and chorus. “A New Low” is my favorite on the album. It grabs you from the start with guitar hooks, then goes into a trance inducing tribal verse. The chorus is frenzied and heavy. “World Gone Mad” begins in a grinding, heavy maelstrom of vocals and guitars, then shifts into a hook-laden chorus that won’t leave your brain.
The reunion of the original members of Life Of Agony is a success on all levels. A Place Where There’s No Pain will place in many “Best of 2017” lists, as it should! I’m proud to say I’ve supported this band from the beginning, no matter what changes they’ve made, and I can’t begin to say how happy I am for them with this release. It is easily their best!
A Place Where There’s No Pain is out on April 28 on Napalm Records. Buy it here!