They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of Life of Agony’s Alan Robert, it didn’t just strike twice, but at exactly the same time, forcing him to choose a career between his two passions: art and music.

During his senior year at New York’s School of Visual Arts, where he studied under Marvel Comics’ Thor artist Walt Simonson, Life of Agony was offered a coveted record deal by RoadRunner Records. The band’s newfound opportunity and success resulted in Robert putting his artistic aspirations on hold, something that he had pursued since the age of 10. “The band was building great momentum and you could just feel that something was going to happen,” he told Revolver Magazine. “There was a definite aura about it. There was something really special going on with the band that I couldn’t ignore.”

However, passion is a fire that isn’t easily snuffed. Nearly two decades after Life of Agony dropped their debut album, River Runs Red, Robert released his first ever comic book via IDW Publishing, Wire Hangers, a four-part horror/conspiracy miniseries entirely penned and illustrated by Robert himself. Since then, Robert has gone on to release two other original comic book series (Crawl to Me and Killogy) as well as his first ever critically acclaimed macabre adult coloring book, which is one of the best-selling adult coloring books in 2016 and has a 5-star rating on Amazon!

With the recent release of the first new Life of Agony album since 2005, A Place Where There’s No More Pain, Robert has now found a balance between his visual arts and music. Despite a copious amount of touring and writing new music, Robert has managed to crank out the second edition of his coloring book series, The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book via IDW Publishing. In addition, Crawl to Me is currently in development to become a live-action feature film.

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They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of Life of Agony’s Alan Robert, it didn’t just strike twice, but at exactly the same time, forcing him to choose a career between his two passions: art and music. During his senior year at New York's School of...