It is a safe bet that LIFE OF AGONY are not exactly funloving party people. Their lyrical content was always dour, depressing, and hopeless. "River Runs Red" is the album that established them as a force to be reckoned with in the early 90s Hardcore/Sludge Metal scene, and the precursor to many years of ill advised experimentation. It is the fan consensus that "River Runs Red" was their finest hour.
"This Time" kicks things off with a dirge like, tuned down vibe. There is more than a little PANTERA influence in those guitars, but Keith Caputo's um.... drunken yodeler vocals give LOA a touch of originality. "River Runs Red" is a concept album of sorts, about a kid who goes through the week from hell and ends up in a puddle of his own blood. Not exactly "Operation: Mindcrime", but as far as concepts go, RRR succeeds on many levels.
Standout tracks include "My Eyes", the criminally short title track, and "Method Of The Groove". A lot of groove based riffs, and the occasional Hardcore breakdown. I'd recommend it to fans of NOLA bands like CROWBAR and DOWN. (Online February 15, 2003)