Life Of Agony To Begin Recording New Album In February

Life Of Agony have revealed that they will be hitting the studio in February to begin recording their new album. The effort will be the band’s first with drummer Veronica Bellino.

Guitarist Joseph Zampella (a.k.a. Joey Z) told Michael Nagy from KJAG radio and Jiggy Jag TV the following about the effort [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“We’re very excited about this next record we’re writing. This next record is really gonna define LIFE OF AGONY in the next decade — what it means to be LIFE OF AGONY. It’s really gonna set a new standard even for the band.”

He also added the following when asked about the musical direction:

“We really never discuss a direction. We always just write what’s coming out at the moment, and what’s coming out right now is the best LIFE OF AGONY music that’s been around for a long time.”

Bassist Alan Robert commented as well:

“And also the way that we’re going about writing is kind of really getting back to the fun of writing. The last record, basically, there was a 12-year gap between albums, and we kind of got jaded from the music industry for everything that we went through. And now we’re inspired again and having fun writing. It’s kind of like the old days.”

Zampella continued:

“[We’re] sharing ideas again and listening to each other and checking out something someone has or an idea for a song that someone else has. And it’s just really open and fun, and exactly what Alan said — it’s fun again. Making music should be fun. ‘Cause if it’s not, there’s an issue, there’s a problem. And so far, it’s been super. And you’ll hear that in the music. And that’s what I think a lot of people are missing in their music — that organic, fun aspect. You can hear that in people’s music; you hear that in writing.”

Robert added:

“We’ve been on tour all year, on this ‘Rise Of The Underground’, and just so much energy and so much positivity all over the world, I think we take that into the writing.”

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Sal Abruscato Calls Life Of Agony’s Mina Caputo A “Piece Of Shit” After She Reportedly Accuses Him Of Bigotry

Ex-Life Of Agony drummer Sal Abruscato blasted the band’s transgendered singer Mina Caputo after she reportedly accused him of bigotry. The drama started after a fan claimed Abruscato said Caputo voted for Donald Trump and they were wondering if it was true. She responded in a since deleted tweet saying Abruscato “is a bigot, homophobe-Transphobic.” Abruscato then shared the tweet on Facebook and called Caputo a “piece of shit.”

Caputo said the following:

“Poor Sal was kicked out of Type O Neg kicked out of LifeOfAgony 2X, is a bigot, homophobe-Transphobic Supprtd TransBan in Military He’s a gas-lighter amngst his (wht was his mst loving friends)He’s Envious Spiteful combative & hates his own pathetic life Contemplate that genius!”

Abruscato then fired back with:

“Look at what this piece of shit tweeted about me on Oct 25. I haven’t said a word in 10 months, just been busy with my album and you suddenly need to talk smack about me. #fuckyoumina #janisjoplinsuglytwinsister”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sick Of It All & Life Of Agony Announce “Two Sick Nights Of Agony” Shows

Sick Of It All and Life Of Agony will be performing together for the first time during two special December shows. BillyBio (Biohazard, Powerflo) will serve as support. Here’s the dates:

12/14 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/15 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony

Sick Of It All’s Lou Koller said the following:

“We have a long kinship with our friends in Life of Agony. I remember when Joey Z gave me their demo, and once I heard it I knew they were gonna change things up. And Life of Agony has done just that, both musically and socially, which is the very essence of the sound we both play and love! When they approached us about joining them for these shows we were excited and said yes right away! This is going to be special!”

Life Of Agony’s Mina Caputo also commented:

“One of the first vinyl’s I ever bought at like 17 years old was Sick Of It All‘s ‘Blood, Sweat & No Tears‘. It is basically one of the most prolific, timeless, and adventurous true hardcore albums ever written. Playing together for the first time in 30 years is something we always wanted to do, and something a lot of fans want to see. Just thinking about the combined energies of those two nights leaves me euphorically beside myself. Absolutely honored to share the stage with such a legendary NY band.”

Woman Who Allegedly Bit Life Of Agony’s Mina Caputo Forgiven After Public Apology

It was previously reported that a fan allegedly bit Life Of Agony’s Mina Caputo during the band’s recent show in San Diego, CA. Now, the woman has issued a public apology and has since been forgiven by Caputo herself:

[via The PRP]

Life Of Agony’s Mina Caputo Bitten By Fan At San Diego Show

Life Of Agony’s Mina Caputo was apparently bitten by fan during the band’s show in San Diego, CA last night (May 22). You can read more about that in the below tweet. This news comes after the group’s Las Vegas, NV show was cancelled following terroristic threats.

Life Of Agony’s Las Vegas Show Was Cancelled After A Teacher Made Terroristic Threats

Life Of Agony‘s May 16 show at the Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV was cancelled after a Bonanza High School teacher named Leslie McGourty made some terroristic threats. According to lasvegasnow.com, McGourty revealed her plans to friends, who then contacted the authorities. One message said the following: “Imagine knowing exactly the moment you’re going to die. Knowing exactly that your favorite song will be playing. By your favorite band. It’s just too perfect.” Another one also said that she wanted to “poke a lot of holes in a lot of people,” while others mentioned past terror attacks including the horrific Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival. She went on to say: “I have the means, motive, and brains,” adding that “Vegas will lose its luster after me” and that she “will start a movement. Another me-too movement. But this time in which women feel empowered enough to become serial killers.” McGourty admitted to sending the texts and is currently out on bail. You can read more and watch a video report at lasvegasnow.com.

[via MetalSucks]

Powerflo Added To Life Of Agony’s West Coast Tour

Powerflo (Cypress Hill, Biohazard, etc.) have been added to Life Of Agony’s West Coast tour. Here’s the dates:

05/16 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
05/18 Anaheim, CA – Parish at House of Blues
05/19 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (no Powerflo)
05/20 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red (no Powerflo)
05/22 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Life Of Agony’s full schedule can be found HERE.