Life Of Agony's early career was rooted in New York hardcore, and
their debut album, River Runs Red, mixed that aggression with
with a metal/thrash base.
The followup, Ugly, showed a different side of the band, opting
for a more soulful, emotive, style of dark metal bordering on
alternative, and the third album, Soul Searching Sun, reportedly
furthers the Ugly style.
A vocalist switch ensued (Keith Caputo deciding to leave, replaced
by Whitfield Crane (ex-Ugly Kid Joe), but
seemingly unable to find a niche, the band broke up some time later.
Two posthumous albums have been released in 2000, one a set of
unreleased demos and the other a live album.
Several members are involved in new bands (see links below).
In January 2003 the original lineup reunited for a couple of
shows, which are now released as River Runs Again.
The band has since signed to Epic Records, releasing
Broken Valley in June of 2005.