Life of Agony's forthcoming concept record, The Sound of Scars, due October 11th, picks up the narrative of the band's classic Nineties album River Runs Red, serving as "chapter two" of that record's harrowing story. Ahead of the new LP's release, the New York–based group has offered up the song "Lay Down," which follows up the LP's lead single "Scars," along with its dramatic music video, shot by Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films.
"It's an anthem for survivors," bassist Alan Robert says of the song, which features the chorus "I won't lay down and die." "We've all been through situations in our lives where everything seems completely hopeless. "Lay Down" is about believing in yourself when no one else will. Times when you really have to dig down deep to find that that last ounce of strength to keep on going."
LOA shot the "Lay Down" video inside an actual haunted house: White Hill Mansion, located in Fieldsboro, New Jersey. Built over 250 years ago on top of a Native American settlement, the historic location stood intact throughout the Revolutionary War and has been investigated countless times by paranormal researchers over the years. The mansion was even featured on the popular television series Paranormal Lockdown. "You could absolutely feel the spirits in those rooms," Alan recalls. "Especially in the basement where we heard that a murder took place."