by Life Of Agony


Ugly is the second album released by American alternative metal band Life of Agony. The band incorporates a more melodic and less heavy alternative metal sound compared to the heavier, New York hardcore-influenced sound heard on their 1993 debut, River Runs Red. Ugly still features the band’s trademark heavy riffing (e.g. ‘I Regret’, ‘Damned If I Do’, ‘Fears’); however, elements such as “gang” backing vocals and double-bass drumming have been replaced by slower, more melodic moments (e.g. “Let’s Pretend”) and even acoustic guitar (e.g. bonus tracks “Coffee Break” and bonus Bob Marley and the Wailers cover track, “Redemption Song”). Lead singer Keith Caputo opted for a more natural vocal delivery, eschewing the baritone howls heard on the previous record. The majority of Ugly was written by and even performed by the band during the extensive touring in support of their debut album. Known for his work with Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, producer Steve Thompson was brought in to work on the album, which was recorded at Systems Two in Brooklyn, NY. Thompson also mixed Ugly with longtime partner Michael Barbiero. Ugly was released by Roadrunner Records in 1995. That same year, Roadrunner Records issued a limited, European edition of the album in a custom, tin metal case. This edition featured exclusive artwork and two bonus tracks recorded during the Ugly recording sessions. Alternate mixes/versions of these bonus tracks were later released on the 1989-1999 compilation album. However the versions found on the European limited edition of Ugly, are the original Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero mixes and are exclusive to the metal box release. Original drummer, Sal Abruscato, left the band after the album’s tour in 1996, due to, “creative differences”, but later rejoined for LOA’s first, River Runs Again reunion in 2003. Abruscato would ultimately leave the band for the final time in 2018. While many fans consider River Runs Red to be Life Of Agony’s definitive work, some consider Ugly to be one of the most overlooked alternative metal albums of the ’90s, with some critics describing the album as, “near flawless”.


  1. Seasons
  2. I Regret
  3. Lost At 22
  4. Other Side Of The River
  5. Let’s Pretend
  6. Ugly
  7. Drained
  8. How It Would Be
  9. Unstable
  10. Damned If I Do
  11. Fears
  12. Don’t You (Forget About Me)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Limited Edition Numbered Reissue (Gold, 180 gram)
Label Music On Vinyl
Catalog Number MOVLP2003
Notes Limited edition of 1,500 individually numbered copies. Includes insert. Made in the EU.
Discogs URL Life Of Agony - Ugly