"The Sound of Scars" is the sixth studio album by New York-based alternative metal band, Life of Agony. It was released October 11th, 2019 through Napalm Records.
Their sixth overall studio album will serve as the second chapter to the much beloved River Runs Red. Featuring production/mixing from Grammy Award-winning Producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, Johnny Cash), co-production by Life of Agony’s very own Joey Z, while Howie Weinberg (Metallica, Nirvana) handled mastering duties.
Life of Agony tap into some serious topics, but this time around they seem even more severe over the course of 14 tracks, 4 of which are interludes. Wholly about the toughest moments in life, the ones that could scar you forever, destroy a life, and even have some committing suicide, tracks like the intense lead single “Scars,” emotional “Lay Down,” and powerfully-charged “My Way Out” really paint a vivid picture. That said, while the lyrics tell a story of feeling hopeless, frustrated, or simply misplaced, the instrumental arrangements match the words in a fitting fashion with tight, heavy guitar grooves, punchy drums, and a thick bottom-end of bass.
A diverse album with Alternative Metal arrangements featuring hints of Sleaze Rock at times, and even some old school Grunge, The Sound of Scars has everything you would expect from Life of Agony. A dark collection of songs that are lovable and enjoyable, this is a concept album that tells a story without fairy dust and dreams. Raw and dirty.
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