It’s been 12 years since New Yorkers, Life of Agony, released their fourth album. That album was Broken Valley but now they are back. Their fifth album will be released on the 28th of April and is called A Place Where There’s No More Pain. A Place Where There’s No More Pain is also the very long title of the first single released.
Having split as a band multiple times, the last being in 2012/2013, it’s quite a surprise to see them back releasing music again. Life seems to have settled for them a bit now though. Keith Caputo’s gender reassignment was completed in 2014. Keith is now Mina Caputo and the band quickly after got signed up to Napalm Records. They have always been a highly regarded alternative metal band with a big fan base so I imagine a lot of people are excited about their return.
I don’t particularly count myself in that bracket. I like a few of their songs but never really got too in to them. Unfortunately for me, A Place Where There’s No More Pain, the single, hasn’t done anything too change my lukewarm opinion of them.
At just 2 minutes and 45 seconds long, it’s a short song but I find it all a bit boring. It has a catchy, simple riff to start with which is okay. Mina Caputo has a nice enough voice and musically it is all okay with Alan Robert on the bass, Sal Abruscato on the drums and Joey Zampella on guitars. It is basically just an okay, inoffensive rock song. It actually has a real grunge feel to it, if that is your thing.
A Place Where There’s No More Pain runs at a steady pace with the same riff played throughout. There is a very brief solo, near the end, but otherwise it is the riff on repeat. Everything is cleanly sung but the title, being so long, makes up nearly all the lyrics. It’s a couple words, then the title, a couple more and then the title. All in all, for me, this may be something old fans will enjoy, purely out of loyalty.
As a song of it’s own, it lacks anything special. Instead it is a perfect example of what would make for filler on an album. Unfortunately A Place Where There’s No More Pain is the lead single though so that maybe doesn’t bode well for the album.
Still, we will see. You can’t judge a whole album on one track so I will be looking out for what comes next and hoping for a bit more.
Bassist Alan Robert had stated – “I think our fans know that our music comes from a very real place of suffering, from all of us in the band. Many of our fans have told us over the years that sharing our personal struggles has been cathartic for them in healing the pain in their own lives. That uplifting energy we share at the shows gives us hope that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And for us and hopefully our fans, that short time when we’re all together is a place where there’s no more pain.”
A Place Where There's No More Pain