The Agony Scene

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The Agony Scene
The Agony Scene in 2018
The Agony Scene in 2018
Background information
OriginTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
GenresMetalcore, melodic death metal[1]
Years active2001–2008, 2013–present
  • Chris Emmons
  • Mike Williams
  • Brian Hodges
Past members
  • Jay White
  • Brian Stewart
  • Rod Burguiere
  • Matt Shannon
  • Ryan Folden
  • Matt Horwitz
  • Johnny Lloyd
  • Steven Kaye
  • Garrett Grover
  • Pete Webb
  • Brent Masters
  • Chris Rye

The Agony Scene is an American heavy metal band from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Formed in 2000,[2] the group currently consists of lead guitarist Chris Emmons, vocalist Mike Williams, and rhythm guitarist Brian Hodges.

The band has released four albums, one on Solid State Records,[3] one on Roadrunner Records, one on Century Media Records, and one on Outerloop Records. They had been signed to Abacus Records for a while until it folded.


In 2000, three Tulsa musicians—Johnny Lloyd, Rod Burguiere, and Daniel Hickman— started a band named The Agony Scene. Originally looking to form a Christian metal band in the same vein as Zao and Overcome, Lloyd and Hickman took guitar duties with Burguiere on vocals. The arduous search for a rhythm section eventually exasperated Hickman, who left to join Tulsa metalcore outfit Enlow. Burguiere then looked to his former bandmates Mike Williams and Brent Masters and things began to mesh. The four piece, with Williams on bass and Masters on drums, eventually came across Chris Emmons as a second guitar and the lineup was solidified.

For the first year The Agony Scene made a name for themselves in the Tulsa hardcore scene and playing shows around the Midwest with fellow Tulsa acts Enlow and Plan B. In late 2001, Williams left the band to join Tulsa grind outfit Thirty Called Arson and was replaced by Garrett Grover.

The Agony Scene released their first studio recorded demo in January 2002, which subsequently landed in the hands of Seattle-based label Solid State Records, that eventually granted the band a record deal. Immediately following their performance at Cornerstone that year, Burguiere stepped down from vocal duties and was replaced by former bassist Mike Williams.

Although the band was signed on with Solid State Records for a time, which mostly signs Christian acts, The Agony Scene confirmed in an interview with HM magazine that they were not a religious band.[4]

In late 2006 the band parted ways with drummer Brent Masters and invited Ryan Folden - a Spokane, Washington based drummer - to join the band.

In early 2008 the band dropped out of a tour with Himsa due to "some major personal situations that make performing on this tour impossible",[5] according to Himsa's management, It was unknown at the time whether the group has subsequently managed to resolve such issues or had in fact broken up. The group's official website had also been shut down, which furthered the assumption that the group had disbanded. Vocalist Mike Williams put these assumptions to rest by explaining why they disbanded.[6]

On August 10, 2016, the band announced that they were working on a new EP.[7] On November 26, 2016, the band announced that they were not going to release an EP but rather release a full-length record, as well as tour extensively following its completion.[8]

On April 25, 2018, the band announced that they have signed to Outerloop Records. They released their fourth full-length album, Tormentor, on July 20, 2018.[9]

On September 1, 2020, the band issued a statement informing fans that Jay White, the band's former bassist, died of undisclosed causes.[10]


Current members

  • Chris Emmons – lead guitar (2001–2008, 2013–present)
  • Mike Williams – lead vocals (2002–2008, 2013–present), bass (2001, 2003–2004, 2015–2016, 2020–present)
  • Brian Hodges – rhythm guitar (2005–2008, 2013–present), bass (2004–2005, 2015–2016, 2020–present)

Former members

  • Daniel Hickman – rhythm guitar (2001)
  • Rod Burguiere – lead vocals (2001–2002)
  • Brent Masters – drums (2001–2006, 2013–2015)
  • Garrett Grover – bass (2001–2002)
  • Johnny Lloyd – rhythm guitar (2001–2004)
  • Matt Shannon – bass (2002–2003)
  • Stephen Kaye – rhythm guitar (2004–2005)
  • Brian Stewart – bass (2005–2006)
  • Ryan Folden – drums (2006–2008)
  • Chris Rye – bass (2006–2008, 2013–2015)
  • Jay White – bass, backing vocals (2016–2020; died 2020)

Touring members

  • Brandon Park (ex-Allegaeon) – drums (2018–present)



Date of release Title Peak chart positions Label



June 10, 2003 The Agony Scene Solid State Records
May 24, 2005 The Darkest Red 17 Roadrunner Records
October 23, 2007 Get Damned 26 Century Media Records
July 20, 2018 Tormentor 57 9 14 Outerloop Records


  1. ^ All these peaks are from Billboard's Top Current Albums chart,[11] not the regular Billboard 200 chart that also ranks catalog albums alongside current releases.
  2. ^ All these peaks are from Billboard's Rock Album Sales chart,[14] not the regular Top Rock Albums chart.

Music videos[edit]

  • "We Bury Our Dead at Dawn" (2003)
  • "Prey" (2005)
  • "Barnburner" (2007)
  • "Hand of the Divine" (2018)


  1. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: 'Tormentor' by The Agony Scene". July 18, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Agony Scene". Metal Archives. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Francz, Chris (May 2003) The Agony Scene at the Wayback Machine (archive index). HM Magazine. Retrieved on June 20, 2016.
  4. ^ The Agony Scene at the Wayback Machine (archive index). HM Magazine. June 2005.
  5. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE AGONY SCENE Pulls Out of HIMSA Tour". Archived from the original on January 29, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2009., Posted January 28, 2008.
  6. ^ "Former THE AGONY SCENE Frontman Explains Band Split". October 8, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Beard, Mason (November 16, 2016). "The Agony Scene Working on a New EP". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Agony Scene". Archived from the original on February 26, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Hear Agony Scene Take on an "Insane Creator" With New Song "Hand of the Divine"". Revolver. April 25, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Agony Scene bassist Jay White dies". Lambgoat. September 1, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  11. ^ "Top Current Albums". August 4, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Agony Scene Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "The Agony Scene Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Rock Album Sales". August 4, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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