Agony (band)

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Agony
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The Devil's Breath promo photo. From left to right: Alfonso Pinzón, Carlos Marín, César Botero, Andrés Jaramillo, and Cello Dias.
Background information
Origin Bogotá, Colombia
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal
Years active 1992–present
Labels Bizarre Gods, Cinismo, Sum
Associated acts Soulfly, Sepultura
Website agonyreborn.com
Members Alfonso Pinzón
César Botero
Andrés Jaramillo
Cello Dias
Carlos Marín
Past members Carlos Reyes
Tony Campos
Juanes

Agony is a Colombian metal band, formed in Bogotá, Colombia in 1992. The band was founded by Alfonso Pinzón and Andrés Jaramillo, two college friends that shared a common interest in metal. A demo tape of the band's first songs, was quickly spread through Bogotá's metal fans in 1994. The band created a reputation of strong and fierce live shows, which was recorded in the first live album published by a Colombian band, Live All the Time in 1995, featuring two cover songs: Pantera's "Strength Beyond Strength" and Sepultura's "Propaganda".

Agony's first studio album, entitled Millennium, was recorded at Audiovision studios in Bogotá, released in 1996 and later re-released in 2006,[1] with César Botero on vocals, Andrés Jaramillo and Carlos Marín on guitars, Carlos Reyes on bass, and Alfonso Pinzón on drums. Agony opened for several international bands in Colombia, including Testament in 1998. In 1999, the band relocated to Los Angeles, California, to record a new album and widen their fan base worldwide. Shortly after relocation, Reyes left the band and returned to Colombia. After the first show in American ground, at the famous Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, and with Juanes filling in for Reyes on bass, Marín left the band.

Their second album, Reborn, was recorded at Cornerstone Recorders with producer Tom Fletcher, mixed by Rich Renken and released in 2002 on Sum Records.[2] Agony went into hiatus in 2002, after Botero left the band, and reunited in 2007. In 2004, Jaramillo and Pinzón created Dia de los Muertos. Agony performed in the world's largest 'free of charge' rock festival Rock al Parque festival several times, headlining the metal day on its first editions: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2002, the last one with Static-X's Tony Campos on bass;[3] last time the performend on Rock al Parque was in 2007 when they headlined the festival alongside Brujeria.[4]

Agony's third album, The Devil's Breath, with Cello Dias on bass and mixed by Logan Mader, was released online in 2009.[5][6][7][8] To date, their last show was on December 6, 2009, in Bogotá alongside Venom.

Discography[edit]

  • Agony (demo album, self-released, 1994)
  • Live All the Time (live album, Bizarre Gods, 1995)
  • Millennium (studio album, Cinismo Records, 1996)
  • Reborn (studio album, Sum Records, 2002)
  • The Devil's Breath (studio album, Cinismo Records, 2009)

Appearances in compilations[edit]

  • "Snake Land" on From Colombia with Hate Vol. 1 (Sylphorium Records, 1999)
  • "Scared" on Death Knell (Eternal Night Records, 2002)

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Agony - Millennium 10th Anniversary Edition MP3 music downloads - 7digital". Us.7digital.com. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  2. ^ AndresJudas (2004-02-24). "Metal Latino: Agony - Reborn (2002)" (in Spanish). Metal-latino.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  3. ^ María Fernanda Torres. "Rock al Parque" (in Spanish). Rock al Parque. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  4. ^ "La banda de metal Agony regresa hoy en el cierre del primer día de Rock al Parque 2007 - Archivo - Archivo Digital de Noticias de Colombia y el Mundo desde 1.990". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  5. ^ "New Album to be Produced by Logan Mader". Roadrunnerrecords.com. 2008-07-15. 
  6. ^ "Agony – The Devil's Breath | Free Metal Albums". Freemetalalbums.wordpress.com. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  7. ^ Clayman (2008-11-22). "Blog de Metal Latino: Agony - The Devil's Breath- 2009" (in Spanish). Metalalsur.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  8. ^ "Agony - The Devil's Breath (2009) » Vasiliska.com - We Love Music". Vasiliska.com. 2010-03-31. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-12-18.