CD Review: Life of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain (2017 Napalm Records)
By: Dom Rini
Cutting through the chase let’s get down to business on this new release by Life Of Agony. “A Place Where There’s No More Pain.” When a band takes a break or a hiatus coming back from that is pretty tough. But Life of Agony does not seem to have done this. What this band did was recharge their batteries and deliver a knock-out blow with their latest release. Mina is on top with this one. Vocally, this release is a masterpiece even without the other elements of the other members contribution. This release is really catchy, easy to fall feel the vibe and the pocket of the entire release.
The title track “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” really sets the stage for the entire release, it may be an upbeat song by lyrically it hits you right in the heart. This release has covered so much ground in stretching their musical abilities. Opening this release with “Meet My Maker” shows the creativeness that is put into this one and you know this is going to be a helluva release. Mina’s voice is at its best, to hear that check out the song “Dead Speak Kindly” and “Right this Wrong.” This release is a cornucopia of harmony, heavy guitars, pounding drums and vocally superior. Great use of harmonizing and overdubbing vocals. Great emphasizing on the melodic phrasing throughout. “World Gone Mad” is a sweet upbeat/tempo track that should help put them back on the mainstream map. Hooky, catchy and a really sweet track. “Bag of Bones” gives you that down-tuning vibe of evilness, but it is cleverly masked. Mina shines in this one, a really nice breakdown as well. “Walking Catastrophe“ is a really sweet song, great melody lines. “Song For The Abused” delivers a different type of song, it stands out in this release. Its not a bad thing at all, it has its own feel to it. Closing out “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” is “Little Spots Of You” which gives you a dramatic ending of piano and Mina.
Overall: 9/10 If you were a fan of Life of Agony in the past, than you are in for a treat on this one. The band is extremely tight, lyrically and vocally a masterpiece, Alan does a great job and really tackles the blood thirst grooving side, Sal really shines on this one and Joey Z riffs it up big time! It is full of a lot of messages, melody lines that keep you moving along with the release and you’ll find yourself hitting rewind on these. I am really digging this and will keep in on high rotation. I am sure once I listen to it a good 20 times I will really be into it. Give “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” a chance to shine with your collection and play it LOUD!
Using the famed River Runs Red lineup featuring vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Sal Abruscato are excited to take the stage together once again this Spring.
27.04.17 US – Allston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
28.04.17 US – New York, NY / Irving Plaza
29.04.17 US – Poughkeepsie, NY / The Chance
12.05.17 US – Stroudsburg, PA / Sherman Theater
13.05.17 US – Wantaugh, NY / Mulcahy’s
19.05.17 US – Lancaster, PA / Chameleon
20.05.17 US – Sayreville, NJ / Starland Ballroom
29.05.17 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
30.05.17 CH – Zurich / Dynamo
31.05.17 FR – Lyon / CCO
02.06.17 ES – Barcelon / Razzmatazz 2
03.06.17 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
04.06.17 ES – Madrid / Sala Penelope
09.-12.08.17 CZ – Josefov / Brutal Assault
12.08.17 NL – Leeuwarden / Into The Grave Festival
16.08.17 DE – Münster Jovel
17.08.17 DE – Dinkelsbuehl / Summer Breeze Festival
23.08.17 DE – Leipzig Werk2
24.08.17 DE – Berlin Huxleys