LIFE OF AGONY

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews Albums. Lives. Merch. - STEPHEN HILL

ELEC­TRIC BALL­ROOM, LON­DON

Mina Ca­puto brings her heart and soul to the ball

that hits you when you en­ter the Elec­tric Ball­room this evening is a sense of dis­ap­point­ment. One of the most unique out­fits of the last 25 years, and one that in­jected a whole new range of wounded yet uni­ver­sally res­o­nant emo­tion into metal, Life Of Agony de­serve far more than a half-full venue on a Satur­day night in Lon­don, even if it’s a 1,000-plus ca­pac­ity room such as this. What makes it par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing is that the New York­ers packed the same venue out last year, and that was be­fore the re­lease of their ex­cel­lent come­back al­bum, A Place Where There’s No Pain.

It doesn’t ap­pear to bother LOA in the slight­est, though. They come storm­ing out and launch into a run of songs of such qual­ity that very few bands could live with them; River Runs Red, This Time, Lost At 22, Weeds and Love To Let You Down all still sound phe­nom­e­nal. With Alan robert’s woozy basslines per­fectly com­ple­ment­ing Joey Z’s thrash­ing hardcore riffs, they pro­vide the per­fect eclec­tic mu­si­cal can­vas for the enig­matic Mina Ca­puto to weave her de­vi­ous, heart­felt, soul stir­ring melodies. How some­one so ut­terly cap­ti­vat­ing isn’t one of the big­gest stars on the planet is an ab­so­lute mys­tery; tak­ing your eyes off of her is al­most im­pos­si­ble through­out and her voice re­mains a thing of won­der. Still, af­ter such a breath­tak­ing start,

LOA do be­gin to slow down later in the set, with the band run­ning out of the gen­uine an­thems they be­gan with. De­spite that, this is a band wor­thy of much more at­ten­tion than they get tonight.

Mina Ca­puto cap­ti­vates

the Camden crowd

Life Of Agony’s Joey Z:

grade A riffs

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