The Agony Scene
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|The Agony Scene|
|Origin||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Genres||Metalcore, melodic death metal|
|Years active||2001–2008, 2013–present|
|Labels||Solid State, Roadrunner, Abacus Records, Century Media|
|Past members||Kevin Russell
Robert "Bob" Foss
The Agony Scene is an American metal band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. On October 8, 2008, frontman Mike Williams confirmed that the band had broken up in the spring of that year. Although The Agony Scene was known for blending several corrosive elements from genres including thrash metal, black metal and hardcore punk, the band was also generally considered to be a part of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.
Formed in early 2001, The Agony Scene was the brainchild of three Tulsa musicians: Johnny Lloyd, Rod Burguiere, and Daniel Hickman. Originally looking to form a Christian metal band in vein of Zao and Overcome, Lloyd and Hickman took guitar duties with Burguiere as the frontman. 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.
January 2002 saw TAS's first studio recorded demo which subsequently landed in the hand's 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.
In late 2006 the band parted ways with drummer Brent Masters and invited Ryan Folden - a Spokane, WA 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", 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.
On October 9th 2013 the band activated a Facebook account and as of October 10th posted an image with '2014' in it and the Agony Scene coffin logo in place of the zero. Hinting at a 2014 return the Facebook page also confirmed the current line up of Mike Williams - Vocals, Chris Emmons - Guitar, Brian Hodges - Guitar, Chris Rye - Bass and Brent Masters - Drums.
- Mike Williams - lead vocals (2002-2008, 2013–present), bass guitar (2001)
- Chris Emmons - guitar (2001-2008, 2013–present)
- Brian Hodges - guitar (2004-2008, 2013–present)
- Chris Rye - bass guitar (2006-2008, 2013–present)
- Brent Masters - drums (2001-2006, 2013–present)
- Daniel Hickman - rhythm guitar (2001)
- Rod Burguiere - lead vocals (2001-2002)
- Johnny Lloyd - lead guitar (2001-2003)
- Matt Shannon - bass guitar (2003)
- Brian Stewart - bass guitar (2006)
- Garrett Grover - bass guitar (2001-2003)
- Ryan Folden - drums (2007-2008)
- Matt Horwitz - drums (2006)
- Stephen Kaye - rhythm guitar (2003-2005)
- Pete Webb - drums (2006)
|Date of release||Title||Label|
|June 10, 2003||The Agony Scene||Solid State Records|
|May 24, 2005||The Darkest Red||Roadrunner Records|
|October 23, 2007||Get Damned||Century Media Records|
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