New Documentary Takes Unflinching Look at Alt-Metal Band Life of Agony
See Their Rise, Fall and Rebirth Through Fortune, Depression, Addiction, and the Lead Singer’s Gender Transition
Available on Cable VOD and Digital HD Across North America
Recently Screened at BFI Flare
The Sound of Scars, Leigh Brooks’ deeply personal documentary which chronicles Brooklyn alternative metal band, Life of Agony’s rise, fall and rebirth while confronting domestic violence, substance abuse, addiction, depression and lead singer Mina Caputo’s gender transition. The Sound of Scars debuted March 22 across North America and is now available on a number of digital and cable platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Rogers, Spectrum, Bell, and Cox. The film recently screened at BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival.
Ahead of the release of the film, the band shared their thoughts on opening their history up to the world. “We’ve never avoided tough conversations and we don’t pretend to have all the answers,” says lead singer MinaCaputo. “But this film is a roadmap with many great lessons. It shows a ton of vulnerability… moments of falling downward, and those times where we rise strong.”
“A lifetime’s worth of struggle and triumph led to the making of this film.” says guitarist Joey Zampella. “Life of Agony has been our link to people who are just like us… And no, the world gets to see the inner workings of what makes us who we are. This release is something we’ll be forever proud of.”
“Our music has always been able to connect with people on a deep, emotional level. I’m confident that this film will continue with that tradition and make a positive impact on people’s lives,” states bassist Alan Robert. “We’re absolutely thrilled about all of the incredible feedback we’ve received so far, and we can’t wait for the rest of the world to finally see it.”
The story of three lifelong friends who overcame domestic violence, substance abuse and depression to form Life of Agony, one of the most influential bands in its genre, led by the very first openly transgender singer. Through the success of their groundbreaking 1993 debut “River Runs Red”, hailed by Rolling Stone as “One of the Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”, they channeled their cumulative life stories into a soundtrack for a broken generation. This newfound fame allowed them to suppress the tragedies of their past, but in its wake new obstacles arose.