- Director: Leigh Brooks
- Producer: Leigh Brooks
As they say...time is a great healer!
Knowing absolutely nothing about this kind of music, never even heard of Life of Agony - the name alone is a little off-putting...so, watching this is either fearless intrepidation or utter foolishness!
Well...the surprises come thick and fast. Firstly, this not about the music [phew]. Secondly, there are no massive egos floating around. This is hardcore humanity wrought from the wrong side of the track...young lads doing whatever they can to escape, to survive.
Not exactly a rags-to-riches tale, this is an emotional rollercoaster through three decades of highs and lows, friendships and feuds. How we all change in 30 years! Hopefully...for the better. Time gives all of us the opportunity to reflect, maturity affords us the ability to forgive.
From where they were...to where they are now is cast-iron proof of the indomitable human spirit. Inner happiness has been found and they are happier together than apart...
A formidable film about friendship.
Emerging from the New York hardcore scene in the late 1980s, Life of Agony was formed by three disaffected teens, each yearning to escape their volatile home lives. With a steady rise in notoriety since their humble beginnings, by the mid-90s the band looked set for breakthrough success. But in 1997, after the release of their third album, singer Mina Caputo unexpectedly quit, her bandmates unaware of the personal struggles she was facing. Less focused on the music than it is the people behind it, The Sound of Scars is no straightforward rock doc hagiography, but an impassioned tale of survival, accessible to both fans and newcomers alike. And while each band member has a fascinating story to tell, none is more affecting than Mina’s, whose vivid recollections of years spent hiding in the spotlight, and subsequent journey towards self-acceptance, are both heart-breaking and inspiring.