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With their unique combination of New York hardcore, metal, and a touch of spooky grunge vaguely reminiscent of Alice in Chains, Life of Agony got their career off to a fine critical and commercial beginning with their debut release, River Runs Red. Brooklynite veterans of their city's legendary hardcore scene, vocalist Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z., and bassist Alan Robert were joined by former Type O Negative drummer Sal Abruscato in 1993. The group released this disc on Roadrunner records shortly thereafter. Dark is probably the first word that comes to mind when listening to River Runs Red. Z.'s grinding guitars dominate the mix with a metallic croaking that's distinctive and sonically ahead of its time. The grungier tracks featured at the beginning of the record ("This Time," "Underground") stand out, along with some more reckless hardcore material like "Method of Groove." Caputo's howling tenor has a muffled tone that while passionate, sounds undeveloped. The singer's delivery is unique, however, and it must have grown on more than a few listeners, as this debut garnered respectable sales numbers and the band was given plenty of choice opening slots on their tour to support it. Passionate, serious, and heavy, River Runs Red is one of the early '90s' better metal debuts.

Customer Reviews

Still Rules!!!!!

I first heard this one in about 1995, and it sounds as raw, heavy and mean as it did then. This album defines hardcore for me.


I can't believe there aren't 400 reviews on here! This is hands down the best crossover thrash album ever made, and its a concept album to boot. I must have listened to this album a billion times in college. If you like any kind of groove or thrash metal you will totally dig this record.

Life Changing

This is the only review you should read. Hands down this is the greatest album ever written. PERIOD! A River Runs Red is both brutal and beautiful. The dynamic of its visciousness and compassion gives this CD great depth. It tells a story of teenager who has lost everything and in the heart of his depression takes his own life. Buy it, learn it and live by it.....


Formed: 1989 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Brooklyn, NY's Life of Agony formed in 1989. Singer Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z., and bassist Alan Robert played the New York underground scene with several different drummers. They perfected their angst-filled hardcore/heavy metal hybrid along the way, obtaining a devoted audience in the process. On the eve of signing with Roadrunner Records, the band enlisted former Type O Negative drummer Sal Abruscato as a permanent member. The resulting album, River Runs Red, was similar to their stage show...
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