The Beauty of Horror Claymation has surpassed 2 million views on You Tube! [Animation by Trent Shy]
Alan Robert is not just the bassist and co-founder of the Brooklyn metal legends Life of Agony. Besides writing most of the band's lyrics and being responsible for the artwork of the albums and t-shirts, Alan Robert is a graduate artist, author of a series of horror comics and coloring books, the latest one, "The Beauty of Horror: Ghosts of Christmas" was released a few months ago. A new one is waiting for us - "The Beauty of Horror: Tricks and Treats". He has a number of awards, the first editions of his books are sold out weeks after the release, and currently they are shooting movies, based on a couple of them. In his comic books there are nightmarish thrillers ("Crawl To Me"), others tell of rock'n'roll murderers-superheroes ("Killogy") and there are the charming grotesque coloring books from "The Beauty in Horror" series, filled with zombies, skeletons and monsters. We caught Alan in Munich at the end of their last tour, and he has quite openly told us about the band over the years, the difficulties in the life of the musician, the responsibility for the fans who have found his songs and Life of Agony as an integral part of their lives and the band as his family.
As fans already know, Brooklyn-based band Life of Agony are in the middle of recording their new album The Sound of Scars with producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down) in her Oregon studio.
Bassist and horror artist Alan Robert, who is behind the insanely popular The Beauty of Horrorbook series, continued his creative endeavors in the middle of recording. While tracking drums, Sylvia set Robert up with a drawing table and he ended up drawing the below scene, which is downloadable for fans to color. Tag #LOA and hit up @arobert and @OffiLIFEOFAGONY to show your work directly to the band!
The Sound of Scars is the band’s follow-up to their classic breakthrough River Runs Red (1993).
Read the whole article at Bloody Disgusting: https://bloody-disgusting.com/music/3552876/alan-robert-releases-coloring-book-art-celebrate-life-agonys-sound-scars/
Life Of Agony‘s latest album teaser hints that their new record will focus on continuing the “Rivers Runs Red“ story of a troubled teenager who slit his wrists in the bathroom. The record is set to arrive on Napalm in the fall.
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 debut “River Runs Red” (Roadrunner Records), named by Rolling Stone as being one of the “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time” the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following.
Since the 90’s, the group has toured relentlessly with bands, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Life of Agony released 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.
When Life of Agony first formed the band perfected their angst filled, heavy, hardcore metal cutting through at times. The album, “River Runs Red” was similar to their stage show at the time, straight up energy and aggression in a hardcore, thrash format, with shards of heavy metal cutting through at times, and the group toured extensively upon its release.
Last year, Life of Agony released its 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.” The album was produced by Matt Brown & Life of Agony and mastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Machine Head, Deftones).
Bassist Alan Robert shared his enthusiasm on touring last year, “You really can’t beat the crazy energy of a packed, sweaty, tiny club, like we used to play back in the day, so we decided to include some very intimate rooms on this tour, along with the bigger venues, to feel that deep emotional connection again with our die-hard fans.”
Full Article: https://music.mxdwn.com/2019/02/02/news/life-of-agony-continues-river-runs-red-narrative-on-their-upcoming-new-album/
“Quite possibly the best poster for the movie we've seen yet.”—Movieweb
Read Movieweb's Feature "The Nun Collectors Poster Drenches Valak in Blood Red Shades of Terror", here >
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures created an art activation campaign leading up to The Nun's film release inviting artists, designers, illustrators and animators from around the world to create one-of-a-kind, exclusive artwork inspired by the film. Nearly 2,000 submissions were entered.
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures selected only 7 winners, including Alan Robert's piece, which is now getting a lot of attention and featured across the film's global marketing campaign. Alan's final art and original hand drawn sketch are below. See all the entries, here >
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Timed to coincide with a special holiday-themed coloring book release from IDW Publishing, titled The Beauty of Horror: Ghosts of Christmas, creator Alan Robert and animator Trent Shy plan to dismantle the North Pole by unleashing Robert’s gruesome characters upon Santa’s Workshop.
“This will be our goriest film yet, and I’m very excited about that. It’s going to be insane,” says Shy.
“I’m doing some things with animation that I’ve never done before and that makes it even more exciting. There will be blood… lot’s of blood.”
Robert adds, “Having grown up as a kid on all the old stop-motion, feel-good holiday specials like Rudolph and Frosty, it’s especially fun for me to be able to sic Ghouliana on those guys with chainsaws and witchcraft. It’s like an ultra-violent R-rated version of A Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Shy is no stranger to horror claymation, with millions of views under his belt for his other films, he says “The biggest challenge with clay animation is the clay itself. I use different types of clay but most of it is “animators” clay, which is very soft, so the characters need constant upkeep while they’re being manipulated. This is why you don’t see clay being used in stop motion anymore. Most stop motion films these days use latex, silicone, and even 3D printing for characters.”
Robert explains, “It’s mind-blowing to see how it’s done behind the scenes. The amount of time it takes to sculpt each character and the attention to detail required to build the sets… it’s just wild. Claymation is truly an art all in itself. I always knew it was painstaking work, but now I have a new found respect for it.”
“The Beauty of Horror: Ghosts of Christmas Coloring Book” by Alan Robert arrives in stores October 2018 from IDW Publishing.
New York’s LIFE OF AGONY has announced dates for a headlining trek called “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018” spanning the USA and Europe. The shows will begin with two sold-out, hometown warm-up gigs April 18th & 19th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and conclude November 2nd as headliners of The Sound of Revolution Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Full list of dates are below.
“With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of our debut album, we are just so incredibly grateful to our fans for sticking with us all these years and wanted to do something really special for them. We’re breaking out some old fan favorites that we’ve never played before live and hitting cities we haven’t been to in over a decade,” says bassist Alan Robert. “You really can’t beat the crazy energy of a packed, sweaty, tiny club, like we used to play back in the day, so we decided to include some very intimate rooms on this tour, along with the bigger venues, to feel that deep emotional connection again with our die-hard fans. It’s gonna be insane.”
Joining Rise of the Underground Tour 2018 as main support during the September US dates will be Silvertomb, the new band featuring Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey from Type O Negative. More support acts to be announced soon.
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, the band instantly built a 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. After the much-praised Ugly (1995), LIFE OF AGONY opted for a highly energetic alternative rock approach on Soul Searching Sun (1997) and Broken Valley (2005) – the latter produced by Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Metallica). Last year, the group released their 5th studio album A Place Where There’s No More Pain (2017) to critical acclaim, debuting at #24 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album Chart. LIFE OF AGONY has sold over one million albums to date.
LIFE OF AGONY: RISE OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2018 (USA):
4/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
4/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
4/21: Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Palladium
5/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
5/18: Anaheim, CA @ Parish at House of Blues
5/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
5/20: Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
5/22: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
7/13: Mansfield, OH @ INKcarceration Festival
9/14: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
9/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
9/16: Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
9/19: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
9/21: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/22: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
9/23: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex
9/25: Buffalo, NY @ Ironworks
9/29: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
LIFE OF AGONY: RISE OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2018 (Europe):
6/15: Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival
6/16: Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force Festival
6/17: Kiel, Germany @ Kieler Woche Festival
10/12: Papenburg, Germany @ Kesselschmiede
10/13: Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
10/14: Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Nueshoorn
10/16: Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-saal
10/18: Mallorca, Spain @ Full Metal Holiday Festival
10/21: Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
10/23: Budapest, Hungary @ A38
10/24: Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
10/26: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
10/27: Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet
10/28: Munich, Germany @ Technikum
10/30: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium @ De Casino
10/31: Liege, Belgium @ Reflektor
11/02: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ The Sound of Revolution Festival
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Brooklyn's very own Life of Agony will perform two SOLD OUT hometown shows Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th at Saint Vitus.
Each night's set will be unique, with the band diving deep into their catalog to perform tracks never heard before live, along with their staple classics. These performances will also mark the first shows with new drummer Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck, DMC, Richie Sambora/Orianthi, Carmine Appice/SLAMM).
"I am extremely excited and grateful to play these first two shows in the birthplace of LOA! Being a NY native myself, I can't wait to share this with friends, family and fans!" -Veronica Bellino
Mina Caputo adds "I'm excited to think that this thing we're doing is touching so many people in so many cultures. I'm extremely grateful to be sharing that stage again, the most intense stimulating way to hear music, with my brothers Alan and Joey, and of course, our newest member of the band Veronica. Connecting with her is certainly another dream come true for us. I'm so excited to do our thing, with all our soul and all our might."
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#3. The Beauty of Horror 2
"Any true horror fan would kill for a copy of The Beauty of Horror 2. While not for the faint of heart (or stomach), this is a wonderfully fun journey through the seamy underbelly of the genre, complete with Ouija boards, creepy clowns, mausoleums, and more."
Alan Robert’s Bestselling Coloring Book Horror Series Will Release its Third Volume in 2018
San Diego, CA (November 7, 2017) – The Beauty of Horror goes international as Ghouliana shows us her favorite scary sites from around the world in Alan Robert’s The Beauty of Horror 3: Haunted Playgrounds, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book!
Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert reveals more of Ghouliana’s monochromatic world, and it’s just waiting for you to saturate it with red, black, or any other color you can imagine (even pastels).
“Fans of this series continue to blow my mind on a daily basis with their amazing coloring work! It is because of them and their passion to bring my creepy artwork to life that I’ve decided to dive into volume three,” said Robert.
“With Haunted Playgrounds, I get to expand Ghouliana’s world even more and introduce a slew of new twisted characters for her to interact with in a bunch of bizarre settings. I’m in a great groove right now, with two of these books under my belt, so this one will be some serious fun draw!”
You never know what’s lurking behind the next corner, so keep your eyes peeled for all the hidden pieces of the monster Ghouliana is trying to reanimate. Collect them all and find out why Alternative Press hails The Beauty of Horror as “the twisted coloring book you’ve been waiting for!” Sink your fangs into over 80 pages of intricate, hand-drawn, spooktacular designs presented in a high-quality, deluxe coloring format.
“In The Beauty of Horror, Alan has created something truly terrifying,” says IDW VP of New Product Development, Jerry Bennington. “Horror enthusiasts around the world can’t get enough of coloring in his dark vistas and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see the horrific results.”
The Beauty of Horror 3: Haunted Playgrounds, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book by Alan Robert arrives in stores July 2018 from IDW Publishing.
For more info head to: http://www.thebeautyofhorror.com
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211 E. Ridgewood Avenue
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Friday 10/27 - Sunday 10/29
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Autographs, Photos, and Custom Illustrations
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Life of Agony is playing the biggest Heavy Metal Festival in America... Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.
Full details are available at http://www.ozzfestmeetsknotfest.com/
Tickets on sale Friday July 14 @ 10AM Pacific Time
Following up his #1 best-selling coloring book The Beauty of Horror, creator Alan Robert returns with volume two in the series - The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium - Another GOREgeous Coloring Book. Everyone's favorite undead girl Ghouliana mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing her deadly spell. Try and find the missing ingredients she's sprinkled throughout Robert's intricate pen and ink illustrations before it's too late! thebeautyofhorror.com
Alan Robert is the creator of several critically-acclaimed graphic novels: Wire Hangers, Crawl to Me (in development to become a motion picture), Killogy, The Shunned One (2017), and The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book. Robert is also well known as the bassist/songwriter for the hard rock group Life of Agony for over two decades. A Brooklyn native, Alan's journey as a comic book creator began at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he attended on a scholarship and studied cartooning under legendary Thor comic writer/artist Walt Simonson.
Series: Beauty of Horror
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing; Clr Csm edition (September 12, 2017)
Director: Robert Hall
Director of Photography: Brandon Trost
Makeup FX: Almost Human
VFX/Editing: Josh Petrino
Voiceover: Jane Dashow
Ghouliana performed by Biannca Nodle
Colorist: Nicole Hagestedt
Producer & Propmaster: Nick Principe
Writer and Producer: Alan Robert for Wasted Talent Entertainment
Executive Producer: IDW Publishing
Life of Agony's "A Place Where There's No More Pain' Debuts on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums Chart at #24!
Life of Agony’s Alan Robert Announces Sequel to His Best-Selling Horror Coloring Book
The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book Coming This September From IDW Publishing
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The color-crazed carnage continues with Alan Robert's The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book!
Nerdist hailed Robert's debut as being "The World's Creepiest Adult Coloring Book" and it received critical acclaim in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and BuzzFeed. The Life of Agony bassist/songwriter follows up his Amazon #1 Best Seller The Beauty of Horror with everyone's favorite undead girl Ghouliana, as she mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing a deadly spell. Try and find the ingredients she's sprinkled throughout Robert's intricate pen and ink illustrations before it's too late!
This ghastly follow up to the Beauty of Horror features over 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.
“I was completely blown away by the overwhelming response to the first book,” Robert says, “the amazing color work fans have been posting online inspired me to get crackin’ on volume two right away! And this time, Ghouliana’s got even more tricks up her sleeve.”
"Alan gave colorists around the world the creeps with his coloring book debut," says IDW VP of New Product Development, Jerry Bennington. “If you’re not still shaking from the first go round, there’s more gruesome images from his brain splattered onto the page for fans to color until their hair stands on end!"
The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book by Alan Robert arrives in stores this September from IDW Publishing. http://www.thebeautyofhorror.com
TP • BW • $17.99 • 88 Pages • 9.8” x 9.8”• ISBN: 978-1-68405-070-3
About Alan Robert
Over the last two decades, Alan Robert's band Life of Agony has built a die-hard cult following, selling over one million albums worldwide. Life of Agony is set to release their 5th studio album A Place Where There's No More Pain through Napalm Records on April 28, 2017. Rolling Stone hailed it as “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year.” Robert is also the critically acclaimed author/artist of several IDW creator-owned comic book series. Titles include Crawl to Me, Killogy and Wire Hangers. Crawl to Me is currently in development to become a live-action feature film.