Life Of Agony

New York legends Life Of Agony return with a new album soon early 2017. Eager as they are to get the word out they set out to tour Europe. On their recent stop at De Mast, Torhout in Belgium (Strike vzw event) we caught up with Joey and Alan in the hope of catching a glimpse of the new album.


The number one reason for this tour is the upcoming album A Place Where There's No More Pain.

It will be released spring 2017. What may the fans expect?

Alan :

It feels great, a lot of work. Months and months of work. It's going to be good. Really good.

Joey :

I think this is the first time we made a records that we are all on the same page what kind of record we wanted to make. We all had a vision to move in a certain way.

It's it's own thing, i've you had it on a timeline it's the record that should have come out after Ugly.

Kind of has that kind of vibe.

Alan : Lyrically it's very reminiscent of Ugly period, emotionally. There's a lot in depth layers to it. With the meaning of the songs.

.Are there any of the new songs included in the setlist for this tour?

Joey :

We are going to play a new song tonight. One of those tunes we've been messing around with live.

LOA always had a good connection with Belgium. Can you tell us why?


Defintely, the AB, that venue. We played here before, the Alcatraz festival.

We have a long history in Belgium

Alan : Biebob.

Joey: It was the second ever Belgian show we ever played. With Pro Pain and Spudmonsters.

Today your are playing with NYHC legends Madball, LOA was labeled NYHC in the past, but what would you define as the influence of NYHC on LOA?


We grow up in the same clubs. Playing the same places, knowing the same people.

Alan :

When we were growing up me and Joey would take the bus to Brooklyn and see all the bands coming up. Bands i still love like Quicksand, Leeway,…

We would be in the pit for these bands and get excited.




Evan from Biohazard, i grew up literally across the street from him. He babysitted for me.

There's a lot of connections. We never consider ourselves hardcore but we always played on hardcore matinees. We opened up for Agnostic Front as kids, Cro Mags, Sheer Terror.

We also play with metal bands too. One of our biggest shows in New York was with Overkill.

Joey :

Type O Negative. It just worked with a lot of bands. We were able to fit in.

Alan :

There's more of a metal guitar sound on the records and lyrically it was very honest so we had that hardcore roots from the lyrical content.

Joey :

There's threads in there. No one ever was able to label us.

We heard so many different names, like metal crossover alternative out of New York hardcore scene.

If you didn't have music, LOA, what would you do for a living?

Alan :

I've always been interested in art, drawing, story telling. I do that stuff anyway. I don't know if you would get direclty into that if the band didn't start. I probably would be workng a regular job. It's hard to make a living doing anything in the arts.

Joey :

We went to art school together in Manhattan. And then we wrote River Runs Red in his basement at 17-18 years old. We would make believe we'd go to school. Then we turned around and went to his house when his parents went to work and we go in the basement, plug in and start playing.

I don't know what i would have done. I like BMX and that freestyle stuff. I like golf, people think it's boring. And i did art like Alan.

Or roasting beans… LOA has his own coffee now as merch. How did you end up with coffee of all things?

Alan :

We are all big coffee lovers. Through a friend of a friend back in New York that were producing some great flavors. So just the timing worked out. We were happy, we got our coffee.

Joey :

I did this interview and this guy asked, why coffee, why no Life Of Agony beer. I was laughing.

We've been there, done that. Now we have families and we are responsible so coffee more normal.


Interview : David Marote

Photography : Erwin Poppe ( 

Premiere: Tokyo Taboo – Self Sabotage

RMP has partnered with London based rock duo Tokyo Taboo to premiere their video for the song "Self Sabotage", off of their upcoming record 6th Street Psychosis. The album drops on March 24th on TT Records. Produced, edited, and directed by Roger Spy, the video takes place in the digital world with bandmembers Dolly Daggerz and Mike performing over an ever changing background made of 1s and 0s. The recording featured Sean William Friday on drums and Chris Null on bass. You can pre-order Tokyo Taboo's debut record on iTunes, and follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy!

Triple Tuesdays, Nov. 29th, 2016

Time for another Triple Tuesdays! This week I've been digging 90s sounds, so all three songs have obvious 90s influences!

Happy Incident released a self titled EP in March of this year, and have now sent their latest single, "Backbiter", to us. The upbeat, 90s sounding song, talks about breakups and calling partners out on their bull.

London alt-rock band Tenth Electric have dropped the titular from their upcoming EP, Burn. The EP will be available for preorder on iTunes starting Dec. 1st, and will be released on March 1st, 2017. If you like heavy 90s guitar riffs with a wall of sound mix, this is a track for you!

Lastly, we have 222 with the song "Rebuilding Society on a Shoestring Budget". The father and son duo from CT released the song on their Soundcloud page, where you can find more music from the band.

Until next week for another Triple Tuesdays!

Metal Mondays, Nov. 28th, 2016

If you have a case of the Mondays, I know what will make it better… Metal Mondays!

First up, London's new hard rockers, PH-ARM. "Nice Party" is one of the singles off of their upcoming debut album, 152. Punchy drums and flaming hot guitar tones push this song foward with 90s-sounding vocals that have both clarity and aggression.

Next up, the Swiss band Last Leaf Down. The band include atmospheric vocals over laid back guitar riffs in this heavy yet mellow sounding song, "The Path". Described as "Shoegaze from the woods", the band brings together shoegaze and metal. The two styles are combined quite well – a heavy foundation and rhythm section, with whispy guitars and vocals on top. The band's new album will be released next spring.

Last, we have Sonic Syndicate with "Start a War (Zardonic Remix)". It's a remix of a somewhat generic rock song featuring lots of "woah oh ohh"s. It's basically something a band popular with the mid teen demographic on Warped Tour would play (don't get me wrong, I LOVE Warped Tour). The remix is definitely more exciting than the original, but not by much.

Until the next Metal Mondays!

Super Saturdays, Nov. 26th, 2016

You guessed it, more cool bands for this week's Super Saturdays!

First off, we have Mona's new video for their song "In The Middle". The Nashville natives are heading out on their first UK/EU tour since 2013. Soulful vocals accompany a steady, ever forward marching beat in this artistically lo-fi video. The song is available on iTunes now.

Next up, New Zealand indie rockers Tablefox and their song "Under a Broken Smile". The song is from an EP scheduled for release in early 2017, following up their 2015 debut, Objects.


"Who's Scott Green", you may ask? So do Dune Rats, Brisbane, Australia's, grunge punks. If you like Violent Soho, chances are you'll like Dune Rats. Enjoy!

Rounding out this weekend's selections, I present Gramercy Park and their video for "Hanging From the Edge". The song features a sound that will likely be familiar to many, reminiscent of 80s/90s pop rock. At the same time, the song features more modern sounding vocals.

Until the next Super Saturdays!

Premiere: GANGS – Dance With Your Own Bones

Gangs Promo Image

Scottish indie band GANGS have partnered up with RMP to drop the video for their new single, Dance With Your Own Bones. The song will be officially released on Dec. 9th, 2016, through Smooth Action Records. With this, their third single, GANGS showcase raw energy with a driving beat and layered guitars, as well as a rolling bass line. The band consists of Steven Young on vocals/guitar, Alan Davidson on guitar, Marc MacCallum on bass/vocals, and last but not least Stephen Forbes holding it down on drums. To listen to the band's previous releases, visit their Soundcloud page. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Triple Tuesdays Nov. 22nd, 2016

First this week on Triple Tuesdays I present to you Knightingale, with their 95 second long kickass track, "Demons". The band from Singapore released their debut album God Damn Youth earlier this year. Although the band classify themselves as garage rock, they clearly have a host of other influences and state that they want to push their boundaries to showcase their music to a wider audience. The album is available on Bandcamp free of charge (pay what you want).

Next is the UK's Music and Medicine, and their single "Waves". It's the first song the band have released, and not much info is available on the band themselves, but I'm excited to hear more from the hard rock quartet.

Last in this Triple Tuesdays we have Vegan Footsoldier with "Socially Unacceptable". The YouTuber uses music to perform outreach about a cause he cares for, animal rights. Having played all the instruments and mixed the song himself, the Footsoldier makes a convincing point to end the use of all animals worldwide.

Metal Mondays Nov. 21st, 2016

Starting Metal Mondays with a galloping beat, we have Calligram and their single "Bed of Nails", featured on their new EP, Demimonde. The London based consists of members from England, Italy, Brazil, and France, and are a self-proclaimed punk rock/black metal band. One note is that although the black metal influences are there, they seem to be more of a hardcore band to me. In addition to "Bed of Nails", there are four other tracks on the EP – including my favorite, "Drowned". The EP is available for download now via the band's Bandcamp, and a 12" release will be available at the end of the year.

Turkish solo artist Kivanc Kilicer, formerly from the band Element, has released a new track titled "Devil's Thought". The song features classic metal riffs, doubled leads, and more. All writing and recording is done by Kilicer himself in his home studio, making this a true one man band. The song is part of the three track EP, Dew on Roses, available now on iTunes and Amazon.

Until the next session of Metal Mondays!



We interviewed Vanna at their show in the Muziekodroom. Here are some remarkable quotes & photo’s.

Text: Timo Claes
Photo’s: Nathan Dobbelaere

It’s so cool to learn about other cultures.

16.11.2016 // Davey Muise - Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“Each place has its cool things around it. Everyplace is different. There is a standard, a broad spectrum of things that are the same everywhere you go. Beyond that you see a lot of other stuff as well. From social stuff, political stuff, even small little quirky things like relationships, human interaction, language and language barriers, even like different customs, e.g. putting up your foot in the air in the Middle East is disrespectful. Your foot is meant to be on the ground, so don’t cross your legs. There are so many weird little things across the world, and it’s so cool to learn about other cultures.” – Davey Muise (Vanna)

Touring helps you understand the world way better!

16.11.2016 // Joel Pastuszak - Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“We get to see a lot of the world and our respective country than the average person does, and it helps give us, or at least me, a really good, broad spectrum picture that you can understand everything more. For instance, ‘why would someone do that?’ or ‘why would someone think that?’, and then you see their culture and it all makes more sense. I’m really glad that I have a huge cross section of the world thanks to small interactions with a few hundred people over the course of a few years. Because of touring I know more about European culture, more about Australian, more about American and Canadian. You’re just exposed to so much more and it helps you understand the world way better and I feel like I’m way more level headed when something goes wrong, you automatically look at every angle, every aspect and start understanding where it all comes from even if you don’t agree with them. A lot more people could benefit from that kind of mentality.” – Joel Pastuszak (Vanna)

Oh shit, I have a baby boy because of this band.

16.11.2016 // Nicholas Lambert - Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“I just had a baby boy, a son, and I thought about it and realized that music and playing in this band is what got me to this point, that without this band I wouldn’t have the woman in my life, I wouldn’t have the son in my life. It all came from starting this band eleven years ago. So if you love music, and you wanna play music follow it because you never know what you’re gonna miss out on. You have to live the dream that you have, whatever that is. ‘Cause I realised the other day that “Oh shit, I have a baby boy because of this band.” – Nicholas Lambert (Vanna)

Touring gives you a perspective

16.11.2016 // Seamus Menihane - Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“I think touring definitely gives you a perspective that there are not many other things you could be doing, or I could be doing, where I could get that perspective on the world. Only joining the military would give you the same idea, but now we have the freedom to do what we want, but also get to learn more for free. It gives you a perspective that you can’t get anywhere else, besides touring, besides playing music.” – Seamus Menihane (Vanna)

We share more than just that what makes us different.

16.11.2016 // Shawn Marquis - Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“The thing I think about a lot from tour after having toured a lot around the world, and toured the US a bunch, a lot of what I hear or see on the news of what people supposed to be like, I realize that when we tour and meet people from different areas that everybody is basically the same. They basically want the same things out of life, at least the kids that we see at shows are there for the same reasons. They feel like they’re left out of regular society, or they want something more. They just have similar interests. One thing that I forget that a lot of people don’t experience is that thing right there, you know, we’re all pretty much the same. We share more than just that what makes us different.” – Shawn Marquis (Vanna)

All these stories make you realise it’s just music, but it’s so powerful, it’s really important.

16.11.2016 // Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt

“We had so many people coming to our shows, and tell us crazy stories of what they’ve been through, or that our music has kept them from either taking their own life, or got them through abuse at home, verbal or physical. Because all these stories make you realize it’s just music, but it’s so powerful, it’s really important. We want people to get that out. People should leave better. We don’t want them to feel worse. We don’t want them to feel like they’ve been beaten down on by bunch of angry jerks. We want them to leave and make them feel better and that they want to keep going.” – Vanna (band as whole)

Their stories and makes us turn around and keep doing it more.

16.11.2016 // Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“What’s important for us, that we’ve also realized that once we’ve made it for ourselves ‘cause we enjoy music, that once it gets out there it becomes everyone else’s. It’s them who interpret it and use it for strength or for whatever they want in their lives. When we hear that someone listens to our songs and they’re deployed over seas in the military and that gets them through some very dark times, something we’ll never be involved with, but our music was there and if it helped someone along the way, our music is their music in the way they need it. And this inspires us too. We hear those stories and makes us turn around and keep doing it more.” – Vanna (band as whole)

People need to know that punk-rock is not exclusive.

16.11.2016 // Vanna // Muziekodroom, Hasselt
“People need to know that punk rock is not exclusive. It’s not about fashion, it’s not about being cool. In fact, it’s being about uncool. Non of us are cool and that’s why we’re here. Embrace the fact that no one here is ‘the cool kids’, stop judging other people that come to punk shows that don’t look like look or wear a different kind of jeans or don’t have the same hardcore shirt on. We don’t need to look the same. We all just need to appreciate what we’re here for. Music and community. And if we could do that at a punk show and then do that in the real world, it would be a much better place to live.” – Vanna (band as whole)

Rootwork – Some Of Us May Never Bloom

Rootwork released their new EP Some Of Us May Never Bloom yesterday, November 18th, 2016. The British band's new release follows on the heels of their 2015 effort, Gallows Humor.

From heavily distorted and modified notes of "Trust", Rootwork show that they mean business. Once the vocals kick in, one can tell that the band put serious thought into the production of this EP with well planned vocal harmonies and good mixing. Upon listening, the production qualities mixed with the heavy tone of the music make me think Muse has gone metal.

"Ozymandias" continues on with good harmonies and production, though it changes tones a bit and turns more into an alt rock sound than metal at first, but gets heavier again. The riffs on this EP are absolutely massive.

The single off the EP, "Zero", features some of the best technical ability I've heard in quite some time. Not to mention that the intro is brutally heavy, showcasing guitarist/vocalist Max Woodhams' chops.

Drummer Chris Booth gets things started on "Outliers" with a quick and punchy fill. The drums continue to play an important role throughout the song, and it seems like Jamie Benzine's bass lines, as in most good metal mixes, sit right in the groove and keep things going.

Last but not least, the band closes the EP with "No End to the Wheel". It's a slower hard rock song, and just over halfway through it becomes very mellow and builds up to the end of the record.

Rootwork – Some Of Us May Never Bloom Album Info

The EP is now available online, and you can follow the band on Facebook.