art against agony is an artist collective that started first as an instrumental progressive metal/jazz band in 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. Besides its experimental musical endeavours, the project has since focused also on photographic and videographic art as well as performance art, such as taking part in experimental art exhibitions (2013 Tübingen, Germany), producing its ‚random-art‘ video series on Youtube or its ‚ars-gratia-artis‘ photo series online.
All members of the project wear masks to cover their faces, because the philosophy of art against agony considers every focus on bodily features as insignificant regarding to the creation of art within the project. Therefore, all members use pseudonyms to cover their names, masks to cover their faces, and costumes to cover their bodies.
In 2014 the band art against agony released its debut album ‘three short stories’, which was commented by the German press as ‘a journey from a metal concert to an absinth jazz-bar’ and was categorized as ‘prog-jazz-experimental-brainfuck-metal’.
In 2016 the band released its second album ‘the difference between a duck and a lobster’ and toured Europe and Russia for the first time over a course of half a year.
In early 2017, the band released their EP “the forgotten story”, which showcases five songs from their first album which have transformed into an entirely new shape over the last years of live performance. The EP has been extensively hailed by the press and the band has been called ‘the messiah of the prog-genre‘.
In late 2017, the band has released a second EP called “Russian Tales”, followed thereafter by a tour through Russia and Brazil and a musicvideo for ‚Coffee for the Queen‘ on YouTube.
The project has been back in the studio since the end of that tour, starting to record their third EP “Shiva appreciation society” with their new member the_maximalist, an Indian ‘mridangam’ player, aiming for a new release and a new tour in early 2018.