LIFE OF AGONY - River Runs Red CD
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. "Dark" is probably the first word that comes to mind when listening to 'River Runs Red.' "Moody" probably the second. Z's grinding guitars dominate the mix with a metallic croaking that's distinctive and sonically ahead of its time. Passionate, serious, and heavy, 'River Runs Red' is one of the early '90s' best debuts.