Within Temptation to Stream Iconic “Black Symphony” Concert This Week

Within Temptation will stream their first arena show with orchestra on social media: watch Black Symphony live at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena on Thursday, April 30, at 7.30 PM UK time, on the band’s Facebook, YouTube or Twitch channel. For the first time in their career, Within Temptation bundled their strength with the Metropole Orchestra (led by Jules Buckley) and a 20-voice classical choir, lifting the band’s fast-driven and bombastic tracks to an even higher level. Within Temptation performed the spectacular show on February 7 2008 to 10.000 fans, surprising them with appearances by special guests Mina Caputo (Life Of Agony), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) and George Oosthoek (Orphanage) while covering every hit from their discography up to 2008, including Mother Earth, Stand My Ground and All I Need. News is expected soon from the WT camp about upcoming activities, hopefully, that will mean new music. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin – “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.”

Everybody has a story.

There are many words of wisdom born from the soul of Michael Alago that he has shared in his memoir. Most know him as the music industry legend that signed Metallica to Electra Records and helped guide them on the path to being the biggest band of all time. The Drew Stone documentary Who The F*ck Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (now on Netflix and Amazon) shined a light on him that he deserved for decades. But there is so much more to his story, to the person than bands he signed, and who whom he rubbed shoulders with. The film was a terrific introduction to his life and times and why he deserves the credit he does. The book slowly peels back the years, all the wonderful and terrible things that life can bring and all the in-betweens. A lot of formative times with his family growing up in Brooklyn, dear friends, loves and losses. A terrific tapestry of experiences, stories, and reminiscences. There are many standout movements, including instances of Michael being surrounded the greats of the music and art world; Jerry Brandt, Bill Graham, Danny Fields, Bob Krasnow, Robert Mapplethorpe and many more. It’s cool enough to have met those people, but what really matters is listening and learning from greatness when it comes across your path. He did just that. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Life of Agony – The Sound of Scars

Older, wiser, better, stronger. That could very well be the 2019 tag line for Life of Agony. Since the bands’ return a full-time band from their hiatus, the have continued to evolve and improve, year over year. Anybody can get on stage, take a paycheck for nostalgia’s sake. No, not this band. Their approach to new music has been inspired. Their comeback album, 2017’s A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm Records) was a powerful reminder of what made this band vital in the first place. Now on The Sound of Scars (also Napalm), the band returns to the scene of their original triumph, to continue the tale. Continue reading

Life Of Agony Is In The Studio Demoing Songs For Their New Album

In a post to Twitter today Life of Agony’s Mina Caputo revealed that the band is in the studio, right now, working on pre-production of new music for their next album. The bands’ next album will be their follow up to their 2017 release A Place Where There’s No More Pain, out now via Napalm Records. The album will be their first album with new drummer Veronica Bellino, who took over the drum throne in 2018 and toured the world with the band. Ghost Cult chatted with bassist/vocalist Alan Robert last fall and he gave fans an idea of the many plans LOA is working on for what sounds like a busy 2019. You can see that interview below.  Continue reading

Life of Agony and Sick Of It All Team Up For December Shows

Life of Agony and Sick Of It All will join forces in December for two concerts dubbed “Two Sick Nights Of Agony”. The bands had somehow never played together in the 30-year history of each group, but now will co-headline December 14th at The Paramount (Huntington, NY) and December 15th at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ). Billy Bio, the new band featuring Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, Powerflo) will open both nights. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 5th at 9:00 AM Eastern. Continue reading

Life Of Agony Discusses New Album, Maintaining Their Common Bonds

Life Of Agony drops their highly anticipated new album A Place Where There’s No More Pain via Napalm Records on April 28th. In this exclusive interview between Ghost Cult’s Keith Chachkes and LOA’s Mina Caputo, Joey Z and Alan Robert, the band discusses the long process of creating new music, their new record deal, how their band dynamic has changed over the years, their hometown record release show at Irving Plaza, what their fans mean to them, and more! Videography by Omar Cody for OJC Photography. Continue reading

Life Of Agony: A Place Where There’s No More Pain

A Place Where There’s No More Pain by Life Of Agony is their first studio album in 12 years, but only their fifth overall in their career. That being said, this is still probably a new band to a lot of people. So I’m going to help you understand the importance of this band and this album. Very few bands at this level can be considered somehow underrated, yet still be vital after twenty-five years. Let alone, make one of their best albums after all this time. From the opener ‘Meet My Maker’, to the final notes of closer ‘Little Spots of You’, this record is an emotional juggernaut that has no filler. With 10 songs that are instant classics, the album represents a heartfelt tour-DE-force sure to resonate with anyone, whether you are an old-school head, or just discovering the band for the first time. Continue reading

Life Of Agony Debuts New Song: A Place Where There’s No More Pain

It’s been twelve years since Life Of Agony released a full length album, but the wait for new music will finally be over in April. The legends will be releasing A Place Where There’s No More Pain on April 28th via Napalm Records, and it’s going to be something special. Continue reading

Life Of Agony Teases Artwork And Release Date Of New Album

One of the most anticipated albums of 2017, Life Of Agony’s first album in 12 years is titled A Place Where There’s No More Pain and released on via Napalm Records. The band made a surprise tease on their website last night announcing a few more details: Continue reading

Musicians Mourn Film Icon Carrie Fisher

Shock and sadness swept the internet yesterday as word came down that actress and cultural icon Carrie Fisher had died at age 60. Fisher, best known as Princess Leia Organa in five of the eight released films in the Star Wars film franchise, passed away from complications from a heart attack she suffered before Christmas. Musicians, artists, and fans from across the world flooded social media with their reactions of anger and grief: Continue reading