For today’s #MusicFriday I found something a wee older in a rabbit hole journey into Youtube: Life of Agony’s 2016 album “A Place Where There’s No Pain “and a music video that has some strangely familiar elements.

Now you tell me, Horror Fiends, when you see chains and a mattress on the floor, what do you think of? Okay, maybe you shouldn’t answer that… but here’s what comes to my mind:

Yep, the not-for-the squeamish rebirth of Julia in Hellbound: Hellraiser II, an uncomfortably bloody scene.

still from Life of Agony’s World Gone Mad directed by Leigh Brooks

In contrast, what I think director Leigh Brooks is going for in the music video for Life of Agony’s “World Gone Mad” is a different re-birth of a more cathartic and life-affirming vein.

From the band’s bio: “The highly emotional lyrics by singer Mina Caputo link all songs by the four-piece together, then and now: born as Keith Caputo, she had her transgender coming out in 2011, changed her name, but kept her inimitable style of writing deeply from the heart.”

” ‘And I just want to disappear and hide,’ she sings and shines a light on the path of all lost souls – while steadily walking her own. ‘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,’says Mina, ‘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.’ “

photo by Tim Tronckoe

“In 2016, Life of Agony signed a deal with Napalm Records to record the group’s 5th studio album, titled A Place Where There’s No More Pain. Rolling Stone hailed it as “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year”. The album is produced by Matt Brown & Life Of Agony and mastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Machine Head, Deftones). “

photo by Gino De Pinto

“The drive and intensity these ten blistering new tracks [on this album] possess and surpass all expectations that built up in the past 12 years – a cathartic Sturm & Drang experience for the listener that matches the ferocity of the band’s 1993 debut album River Runs Red with gut wrenching rock melodies. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves mark the return of LOA’s signature sound and turn A Place Where There’s No More Pain (2016) into a passionate, soul-searching affair.”

photo by Al Bello

Life of Agony’s current line-up features vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Sal Abruscato.