Reactivated Brooklyn hard rock legends LIFE OF AGONY are hard at work on their new album and Napalm Records debut A Place Where There’s No More Pain. Today the band has confirmed an April 28th release date. The track listing along with pre-order options will be made available soon.
“We’re in the final stages of mixing the album with our producer and then we head into mastering sessions with Ted Jensen (ALICE IN CHAINS, MACHINE HEAD, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound, NYC. This record is a monster and we’re so psyched to finally share it come April. It’s got such an energy to it. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves. We definitely turned things up a few notches in 2017 and it feels great. And I gotta say, we’ve never been so focused as a band. Before we even wrote the first note, we all knew what kind of record we wanted to make. You can hear that drive and intensity in the tracks and you can feel the momentum building.” – Alan Robert, LIFE OF AGONY
In support of A Place Where There’s No More Pain, LIFE OF AGONY will hit the road this Spring in the Northeast United States. The first short run of dates kicks off April 27th in Allston, MA and runs through April 29th in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The second jaunt begins May 12th in Stroudsburg, PA and runs through May 20th in Sayreville, NJ. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the excitement around LIFE OF AGONY at a fever pitch, the band has announced a contest called the LIFE OF AGONY “Calling From the Underground” Unsigned Band Contest. This contest will award the best unsigned band in the tri-state area by being booked to open on one of their upcoming dates. LOA got their big break in the early 90’s as an unsigned act, opening for OVERKILL, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and BIOHAZARD at The Ritz and now want to be able to give that chance to an up and coming band. The winner will be opening the band’s hometown album release show April 28th in New York, NY More details will be announced soon.
LIFE OF AGONY returned to the stage and performed on multiple festival dates in Europe over the summer of 2014. They have toured extensively across the globe since! The famed River Runs Red line-up, of vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato are re-invigorated and ready to make 2017 the year of LIFE OF AGONY, and A Place Where There’s No More Pain.
Life of Agony ‘s Alan Robert, Mina Caputo, and Joey Z. presented the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist Award to Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine at the Revolver Music Awards in New York City on December 13th, 2016. The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus (pictured) was also on hand as a presenter. Watch the award show, here: https://youtu.be/aWDRs2sujpI (skip to 1:43 to see Life of Agony presenting the award).
Life of Agony are putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated 5th studio album “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” (Napalm Records) before heading overseas to begin their 2016 European headline tour. Check out the full schedule and ticket availability at http://www.lifeofagony.com
Alan Robert has “exploded the twee profile of the adult coloring book trend with The Beauty of Horror, an extraordinary collection of deeply unsettling images that’s been an Amazon best seller for weeks, is in its third printing, and has already spawned a planned sequel.”—GQ
GQ Feature: “The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book”
Rolling Stone hailed Life of Agony’s “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” as being “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year.” Watch the exclusive look at the video album teaser: http://rol.st/2dZj1j4
New York Comic Con Signing Update! On Fri. Oct. 7th the time has changed for my signing at IDW’s Booth #1844. It will now take place between 3-4pm. Also, earlier that day, I will be speaking on a panel in room #1A05 from 11:15am – 12:15pm. Details: http://bit.ly/2bHwQ63#NYCC
LIFE OF AGONY’S ALAN ROBERT ANNOUNCES NYC BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND MORE OCTOBER APPEARANCES
Life of Agony is currently wrapping up production on its highly anticipated new studio album “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” (Napalm Records), due in early 2017. This November and December, the group heads over to Europe for a full headlining tour, but before they do, LOA bassist/songwriter Alan Robert sets out to support the release of his best-selling, horror-themed adult coloring book at several events this October.
Life of Agony emerged from the New York music scene in the early '90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut "River Runs Red" (Roadrunner Records), the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. LOA went onto release two more studio albums for Roadrunner: "Ugly" ('95) and "Soul Searching Sun" ('97), before signing to major label Sony/Epic Records in 2005 to record "Broken Valley" with producer Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Metallica). Life of Agony has sold over one million albums to date.
In 2016, LOA signed a deal with Napalm Records to record the group's 5th studio album, titled "A Place Where There's No More Pain". Rolling Stone hailed it as "One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year" ( Read Article > ) Life of Agony's "A Place Where There's No More Pain" will see an April 28, 2017 release from Napalm Records. The album is produced by Matt Brown & Life of Agony and mastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Machine Head, Deftones).
The famed "River Runs Red" line-up, featuring vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Sal Abruscato are excited to take the stage together once again this Spring.
Get that red crayon ready! Rock-star-turned-comics-creator Alan Robert (Life of Agony) has inked a deal with premier publisher IDW Publishing to create a unique, horror-themed adult coloring book, titled The Beauty of Horror, scheduled for a 2016 Halloween release. The Beauty of Horror is filled with intricate, hand drawn, pen and ink illustrations by Robert that take the color enthusiast on a twisted journey through bizarre carnivals, the zombie apocalypse, serial killer lairs, and haunted burial grounds. Horror fans and newcomers alike will welcome this GORE-geous and creative blood-soaked alternative into their coloring library.
"The coloring book craze took hold of my wife and daughter a few months ago and I wanted to get in on the fun, but as I flipped through the endless pages of nature patterns, it dawned on me that someone left out all of the damn corpses," Robert laughs. "As a proud member of the horror community, I took it upon myself to stand up for the rights of monster-lovers everywhere. Why should we be excluded from the coloring phenomenon?! Needless to say, my take on the whole thing is completely warped, but I know I'm not alone... there's a lot of us horror-fiends out there looking to color in some morbid stuff."
The Beauty of Horror features 80 pages of original artwork depicting a variety of increasingly terrifying scenes and patterns. Featuring a beautifully chilling red foiled cover and high-quality paper that will ensure the pools of blood you color don't leak through the pages, Robert and IDW have come together to present a deluxe coloring experience.
"From the first image he sent over, it was clear that this was going to be a hit," says IDW VP of New Product Development, Jerry Bennington. "Alan (Robert) has such an eye for creating these coloring pages that are gruesome and gory, but still something you can't help but want to color. It's really like TheWalking Deadhave burst into The Secret Garden, and we love it."
The Beauty of Horror will be in stores this October.
Film Adaptation of the Hit Graphic Novel In Development
Robert's critically acclaimed 'Crawl to Me' graphic novel (IDW
Publishing) is in development to become a live-action feature film. 'Crawl to Me' is among Jeff Rice Films’ (Lone Survivor) upcoming slate of projects, financier/Producer Tommy Vlahopoulos recently acquired the rights to Crawl To Me, the thriller feature written by Intruders scribes TJ Cimfel and David White, based on the hit graphic novel by Alan Robert, published by IDW Publishing. Vlahopoulos will executive produce with Robert, Matthew Lamothe, Christopher White, and Jeff Mazzola producing and co-produced by Marc Manus. Director and cast for the film will be announced later in the year.
Visit the Official 'Crawl to Me' movie website: http://www.crawltomemovie.com
Crawl to Me Comic Series
Crawl to Me Comic Series
Visit the 'Crawl to Me' Website: http://www.crawltomecomic.com
The award-winning Crawl To Me (IDW Publishing) graphic novel
hit fine bookstores everywhere in January 2012. The series was voted "Best Mini-Series of the Year" (2011) by ComicMonsters.com, beating out best-selling books such as "Locke & Key" and "Hellboy." The "Crawl to Me" graphic novel includes the
entire, four-issue comic series, complete with an introduction written by
legendary Thor artist, Walter Simonson, as well as a step-by-step glimpse into Robert’s artwork process. Click here to order >
"Robert's writing grabbed me by both ears and pulled me in... Each and
every moody page is both gorgeous and terrifying... I highly recommend
CRAWL TO ME for those who like spine-tingling trips down the rabbit
hole." - AIN'T IT COOL NEWS Click Here for full review >
"You're immediately sucked into the story and caught up in the drama...
Alan's dialogue is realistic and fresh and, most importantly, utterly
enjoyable. It reads just like the script to a horror film, which
contributes to the excellent aura of mystery, suspense, and fear that
Alan has skillfully established in this first issue." - COMICBOOKED.COM Click Here for full review >
"There's no shortage of violence, thrills, and a deep, cerebral
creepiness. If you're a horror fan, you will definitely want to check
out this disturbing series." - FANBOY COMICS Click Here for full review >
IDW Publishing released Robert’s new original horror comic mini-series, Crawl to Me, monthly, starting on July 13th, 2011. Crawl to Me is created, written and illustrated by Robert and boasts three unique covers per issue. Cover artists include Robert, Silent Hill: Past Life painter, Menton J. Matthews III and UK illustrator, David Lupton. Visit the official website, at crawltomecomic.com.
Crawl to Me takes place in an isolated country town during the frigid winter months. The story centers on a young family as they cope with a series of disturbing events that force them to question their relationship, their faith and their very existence. When husband and wife, Ryan and Jessica, move into their first home together, strange things begin to occur. Half-eaten animals and other remains are found inside the basement’s crawl space. Their family dog disappears within the house. Distant voices are heard from beneath the floorboards. The couple begins to think that an evil entity is living inside their walls. Nothing can prepare them for what they’ll discover, but Ryan and Jessica soon realize that they must set aside all they believe to be true, in order to face their inevitable reality.
"I couldn't have been happier to do Wire Hangers with Alan," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer, "and to see him stretch in different areas here is even more gratifying. This is a dark, psychologically affecting and surprisingly intimate story that I'm happy to foist on an unsuspecting comic-reading public. Put another way, if you survived Wire Hangers with any part of your psyche intact, Crawl to Me should help finish the job."
“All my life, I’ve been told that I have a warped and twisted imagination. So, with these horror stories, I’m finally putting my morbid thoughts to good use,” says Robert. “When Wire Hangers was received so well by comic and horror fans last year, it really inspired me to continue creating stories in the medium. With Crawl to Me, I wanted to go even darker, but, don’t be fooled. This is not your typical, run-of-the-mill, haunted house story. It’s more of a thriller, filled with a ton of demented mind-games that will keep you guessing. Think of it like a Twilight Zone episode on steroids.”
KILLOGY: The Animated Series
KILLOGY: The Animated Series
Killogy is a high-energy, animated dark comedy from creator Alan Robert (Life Of Agony) based on his hit IDW Publishing comic series, in association with Squeeze Studio Animation and award-winning producer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris). Stars Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (the Misfits) battle it out in apocalyptic-Brooklyn when an ancient voodoo curse wakes the dead and floods the city with blood. This outrageous premise and bizarre mash-up of punk rock royalty, wiseguy sarcasm, and over-the-top gore makes for one hilarious rollercoaster ride.
Killogy is being produced and developed under Robert’s Wasted Talent Entertainment banner, consisting of Robert, Chris White (V/H/S Viral) and Jeff Mazzola (Descent). Killogy was nominated for Best Mini-Series (2013) and Best One-Shot (2014) at the Ghastly Awards and picked up a Horror Comic Award for Best Scene from ComicMonsters.com. Bloody Disgusting listed Killogy at #4 on their Top 10 Best Mini-Series of 2013. The Killogy: Halloween Special sold out within its first week of distribution and IDW immediately issued a second printing. The critically acclaimed Killogy graphic novel was recently translated in Portuguese for a Brazilian release through NFL Zine.
NOMINATED for BEST MINI-SERIES of 2013, - Ghastly Awards
VOTED #4: TOP 5 BEST COMICS of 2013, -BLOODY DISGUSTING
"Killogy is an INSTANT CLASSIC... it finds its way into your head and stays there!" —Fangoria
"Robert's writing and artwork are TRULY UNIQUE... a perfect balance of comedy, drama, and horror." —Bloody Disgusting
"KILLOGY is a unique concept and a unique execution; a horror experience like few others out there in comics today." —Ain't it Cool News
On October 8th, 2014, IDW Publishing released Alan Robert's KILLOGY Halloween Special. The one-shot issue featuring Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein of the Misfits SOLD OUT within one-week of distribution. A second printing is due in stores December, 2014. The book received rave reviews...
"Goddamn Magnificent!" —Comic Bastards
"Blood, gore and badassery! 4.5 out of 5!" —Horror Talk
"9 out of 10! Robert has truly outdone himself! —ComicMonsters.com
Frank Vincent, famous for his various roles in Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino
and The Sopranos stars as Sally Sno-Cones alongside Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame inductee Marky Ramone and actress Brea Grant, popular for her
roles on NBC's Heroes and Showtime's Dexter.
Premise... Three strangers, all accused of murder, sit impatiently inside a dingy police holding cell waiting to be arraigned. One by one, the characters recount the events which led to their unforseen arrests and, to their surprise, their stories are mysteriously intertwined. Each of the self-contained issues are told in stand-alone format, easy for new readers to jump in. The ironic twist endings will feel reminiscent of those found in The Twilight Zone.
The Shunned One Comic Series
The Shunned One Comic Series
Coming in 2017 (IDW Publishing)
ALAN ROBERT TAKES ON THE ANGEL OF DEATH IN NEW HORROR COMIC SERIES 'THE SHUNNED ONE'
IDW TO RELEASE ROCKER-TURNED-COMIC-CREATOR'S DARKEST TALE YET
Life of Agony bassist/songwriter Alan Robert teams up with award-winning publisher IDW Publishing once again to release another creator-owned horror comic miniseries The Shunned One in 2015. Robert's upcoming tale of winged woe focuses on an Angel of Death who goes rogue after being ordered to take several innocent lives. This guilt-ridden death angel begins to carry out his own judgment on humans, based on their actions instead of whether their names appear on the preordained Death List. The angel's unsanctioned murders instantly alter the balance within the universe and trigger a string of unforeseen disasters that spiral out of control. Banished from Heaven by his Creator and hunted by a pack of vengeful death angels, The Shunned One must hide among the humans to survive while trying to reverse the damage he's done.
The Shunned One marks the prolific creator's fourth horror comic series with IDW in four years; following his other critically acclaimed series Killogy, Crawl to Me, and Wire Hangers. Visit the official website: http://www.theshunnedone.com
“This will definitely be my darkest series to date,” says Robert. “The tragedies in Newtown and Aurora really hit home for me. I can't even begin to imagine the pain those families are going through. I suppose The Shunned One is my subconscious reaction to events like that—just trying to cope with all this death and my worst fears in my own way.”
“I'm happy to once again put my life in Alan Robert's hands in the form of his latest series for IDW,” said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Office/Editor-in-Chief. “As he's proven with his numerous series for us already, he's an expert at telling dark, fantastical tales, and The Shunned One, featuring the Angel of Death himself, is only the latest reason we're happy to keep walking into dark territory with him.”
The Shunned One Movie
The Shunned One Movie
Alan Robert's 'The Shunned One' Comic Getting Adapted for the Big Screen!
The Coalition Group (sister firm of Radical Studios) has partnered with Wasted Talent Entertainment (Crawl to Me) to produce th screenplay based on Alan Robert’s forthcoming IDW comic series The Shunned One. Robert, along with his producing partners Chris White (V/H/S Viral) and Jeff Mazzola (Descent) round out Wasted Talent Entertainment. Glenn Allen, co-founder of Emmy-winning Brainstorm Digital (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire) is also on board as VFX Supervisor.
The Shunned One centers on an angel of death who goes rogue after refusing to take innocent human lives. His actions alter balance in the universe, causing a chain reaction of unforeseen disasters. As a result, a pack of vengeful death angels are sent down to hunt him. He must hide amongst the humans while trying to undo the damage he’s done.
“To watch this thing take shape as a ﬁlm, even before the comic is released, is pretty amazing,” says Robert. “I think what interests people most about the property is that it isn’t a typical, Biblical take on angels, whatsoever. It’s a whole new mythology. You’ve never seen angels like this anywhere before.”
An exclusive first-look at The Shunned One comic will hit stands this Halloween inside the back pages of Killogy, another IDW comic created by Robert. IDW Publishing expects to launch The Shunned One comic series in early 2015. The books are written and illustrated by Robert, with cover paintings by acclaimed Italian comics artist Francesco Mattina.
“We couldn’t be more excited about participating in bringing Alan’s vision to life,” said Johnny Wunder, The Coalition Group’s Director of Development. “In combination with Jack’s writing and Alan’s imagination I think The Shunned One will give us a unique, grounded look at The Guardian Angel.”
"WIRE HANGERS is the latest graphic novel to fall into my hands, and by far one of the best I have read... Robert has just as much talent in the realm of comics as he does in music, and with that kind of quality, he has a bright and long future in the business." - LEXINGTON MUSIC PRESS Click Here for full review >
In 2010, Life of Agony bassist/Spoiler NYC front man, Alan Robert, joined forces with IDW Publishing to release his horror/conspiracy graphic novel Wire Hangers. The collected series (issues 1-4) was created, written and illustrated by Robert. The book is IN STORES NOW. Horror fans should be excited about the cover (designed by Sam Shearon), which features slasher fan-favorite, Nick Principe (Laid to Rest's Chrome Skull) in full make-up as Wire Hangers anti-hero, Cypra. Hollywood's master creature designer, Robert Hall
and his Almost Human SFX studio provided the Cypra costume design.
Robert Hall's work has appeared in such popular films as Devil,
Paranormal Activity 2 and The Crazies. The graphic novel also features
an introduction written by legendary comic artist, Michael J. Zeck (The Punisher Limited Series) as well as an in-depth, exclusive interview with Wire Hangers creator, Alan Robert, by A Comic Book Orange's Casey McKinnon
Spoiler NYC, the New York based punk rock threesome, recorded its debut album "Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen" (SOS Records/I Scream Records) in 2007. The group went on to support that album by touring and filming two music videos, "Suicide Hotel" and "Ruined."
The group recorded 2 tracks for it's follow-up release "Banned in 38 States" with Grammy-Award winning producer Ken Lewis (Beastie Boys, Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz).
Alan Robert may be best known for being the bassist and creative force behind the respected hard rock group, Life of Agony, but in recent years he has gained popularity as the creator of several critically-acclaimed horror graphic novels. As a result, Robert has formed a new film production company, called Wasted Talent Entertainment which produces live-action and animated adaptations of his various properties.