The Agony Scene

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The Agony Scene
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2001–2008, 2013–present
Labels Solid State, Roadrunner, Abacus Records, Century Media
Members Mike Williams
Chris Emmons
Brian Hodges
Brent Masters
Chris Rye
Past members
Brian Stewart
Rod Burguiere
Matt Shannon
Ryan Folden
Matt Horwitz
Johnny Lloyd
Steven Kaye
Garrett Grover
Pete Webb

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 early in that year.

The band had released three albums, one on Solid State Records,[1] one on Roadrunner Records, and one on Century Media Records. They had been signed to Abacus Records for a while when it folded.


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.[2]

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",[3] 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.[4]

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).

On August 10, 2016, the band announced that they were working on a new EP.[5]

On November 26, 2016, the band announced that they were going to forego an EP and release a full-length record, as well as tour extensively following its completion.[6]



  • 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)
  • "Nice Guy Rod" Burguiere - lead vocals (2001-2002)
  • Johnny Lloyd - lead guitar (2001-2003)
  • Matt Shannon - bass guitar (2003)
  • Brian "Destroyer" 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 3, 2001 live june.03.01 self-released
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
Music videos
  • "We Bury Our Dead at Dawn" (2003)
  • "Prey" (2005)
  • "Barnburner" (2007)


  1. ^ Francz, Chris (May 2003) The Agony Scene at the Wayback Machine (archive index). HM Magazine. Retrieved on June 20, 2016.
  2. ^ The Agony Scene at the Wayback Machine (archive index). HM Magazine. June 2005.
  3. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2009-05-06. , Posted January 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Former THE AGONY SCENE Frontman Explains Band Split". October 8, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Beard, Mason (November 16, 2016). "The Agony Scene Working on a New EP". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
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