Life Of Agony
20 Years Strong - Live in Brussels
Style: LOA metal
Release date: July 19th 2010

'Alright, alright!' the wee Caputo smurf exclaims between some of the songs on this new live release from the masters of melancholy groove, Life of Agony.

And things really do seem to be alright in the LOA camp. The comeback album 'Broken Alley' from 2008 was in my view a huge disappointment, with only two or three songs worthy of the band's past efforts, but there is no doubt in my mind that the New Yorkers burst the boundaries live. If I'm in any way to trust this recording from the Belgian capital, they certainly kick arse.

LOA parade through a true best-of collection, including songs from all albums - even the less fortunate 'Broken Valley'. Love to Let You Down, however, is the one song from that album that reaches for the stars, so fair enough.

Apart from that, '20 Years Strong' shows us a 2010 version of LOA that is arse-tight, groovy, heavy, emotional without whining, ready to go and, well, stronger than ever.

I, for one, can't wait to see Life Of Agony again out there - you're welcome in Denmark soon, boys!


01. This Time
02. Underground
03. River Runs Red
04. Through and Through
05. Words and Music
06. Bad Seed
07. My Eyes
08. Respect
09. Method of Groove
10. The Stain Remains
11. Other Side of the River
12. Love to Let You Down
13. Weeds
14. Lost at 22

Label: I Scream Records
Promotion: Gordeon Music
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: June 28th 2010