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PHOTOS: Life of Agony, Empire Fallen, and Truth in Needles at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, 05/12/17

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Following the critically acclaimed release of “one of the most anticipated albums of the year,” according to Rolling Stone, Brooklyn hard rock/metal crossover band Life of Agony tore up the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Friday, May 12.

After blistering opening sets by New York City hardcore band Truth in Needles and New Jersey hard rockers Empire Fallen, Life of Agony proved that they haven’t slowed down since the early ’90s, when they broke ground with their debut album “River Runs Red.”

Songs from the new record, “A Place Where There’s No More Pain,” fit right in with their classic tunes, and while singer Mina Caputo doesn’t directly address her transition from a man to a woman in their lyrics, keeping their music “generalized and universal,” she told Rolling Stone recently that “the band makes more sense now than it did before. It’s its own beautiful, perfect monster.” The crowd, made up of fans old and new, clearly agreed.

“I’ve been through the biggest challenges I thought I’d never get through in my life,” Caputo added. “I also have a very healthy view of death that allows me to live more peacefully. I don’t have happiness figured out or mapped out; I’m very fucking moody. But I’m getting a tighter grip on just who I am, why I am, where I am, where I’m going, why I’m going, and what my purpose is on the planet. Now it’s, ‘How can I help the world around me? How can I continue to make incredible records with incredible people?’ I’m in a really good place spiritually.”

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Life of Agony performing at the Rock Carnival in Lakewood, New Jersey last year here.