Iron Gag review by A Life Once Lost

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  • Released: Sep 18, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (10 votes)
A Life Once Lost: Iron Gag
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Sound — 9
A Life Once Lost has a triumphant return with their new album "Iron Gag". This time, instead of experimenting with polyrhythms and time signatures, ALOL uses speed as the driving force. Now, ALOL doesn't completely drop their use of odd time signatures and polyrhythms, but the do tone it down a bit. I was quite exited when I first heard the album, because it sinks it's teeth into you right from the start. There are lots of catchy guitar passages and intros on this here, and the drums are incendiary. Thrown together with ALOL's already tight psychedelic style, this album straight up rocks.

Lyrics — 8
Bob Meadow's vocals have evolved a lot since 2005's Hunter. He has a more control over his growl and has developed better timing skills and patterns than he had before. A lot of this is due to Randy Blythe coming in to help produce vocals. You can tell Bob picked up a few things on the song Firewater Joyride. He has much more vocal diversity than his original bark and it seems that he has more stamina. The lyrics on this album are great, because not only do they tell of the inner struggle in a bitter man's mind, but they bring good old fashioned hate back to metal. A good portion of these songs sounds like the bottled up rage of an adolescent geek just being spilled out with violent results. They fit perfect with the high tempo weird timing of Snake Sustaine and Bobby Carpenter's dueling guitar melodies. I find that Bob did a fine job pushing himself to a new level on this record.

Overall Impression — 9
I think Iron Gag has really pushed A Life Once Lost to new levels, incorporating more hooks, melodcism, and downright brutality to their already strong songwriting skill. My personal favorite tracks on the album are "Detest" (featuring a guitar solo by Deven Townsend), "All Teeth", "Masks" and "Others Die". They incorporate lots of magnificent riffs as well as interestingly intellectual lyrics. The only downside to this album is the singer smothering the music and not allowing the song to breath with his constant screams. If this were to be stolen I would probably pick up another copy. So pick this record up at your local music store today!

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    Blackened<3Beat
    ShredGodsUnite wrote: A Life Once Lost is NOT power metal. And they suck.
    lulz ya, i completely agree with u... those genres are so wrong its sad. I'm not surprised though, this site has some of the worst genre labeling i've seen. The funniest was definitly "black metal"... LOL!!! if anyone can possibly say they think this is even close to black metal... i'm worried about u.. On a side note, how the heck are ALOL's albums getting above a 7?? they are seriously not that good.. they sound so repetive it feels like a chore just to listen to their music.. Just my opinion.. no flames are necessary, thx. Their music is just not my thing, i'm not saying they're bad by any means, i just dont like them.
    I_Am_In_Flames
    noahray wrote: death metal? black metal? heavy metal? doom metal? power metal? WTF does anyone know shit anymore? i despise randy blythe for his terrible vocals... he ruined this album. A Great Artist & Hunter were ****ing good albums, but Randy Blythe shat all over this one with his stupid hich metal bullshit
    He has some of the most diverse & powerful vocals in the whole genre..
    I_Am_In_Flames
    psilocyndreams2 wrote: enjoyable but repetitive album. i personally liked hunter better. they sound too much like lamb of god on this one
    That a bad thing?
    I_Am_In_Flames
    hitek008 wrote: power metal?..no...yea randy also made a guest vox on their hunter album...pretty sick that randy helped produce the vocals on this album...enjoyin it right now!
    Yep on the song Vultures after the breakdown i believe. Sounds pretty wicked.
    powerhead
    all though i don't agree with the genres chosen for this album, i did enjoy this album. some of the songs are totally killer, but some are dead average. overall - very cool album, not amazing
    Magero
    It's a pretty boring album. It's a lamb of god ripoff album which is a thousand times less inventive album.
    xBRMx
    lamb of god is not southern rock bubba. this album is amazing as shit!
    psilocyndreams2
    enjoyable but repetitive album. i personally liked hunter better. they sound too much like lamb of god on this one
    noahray
    death metal? black metal? heavy metal? doom metal? power metal? WTF does anyone know shit anymore? i despise randy blythe for his terrible vocals... he ruined this album. A Great Artist & Hunter were ****i ng good albums, but Randy Blythe shat all over this one with his stupid hich metal bullshit
    /,,/pariah/,,/
    holy shit! i didn't realize Randy Blythe helped produce the vocals on this album. thats awesome.
    0h The Horror
    ShredGodsUnite : A Life Once Lost is NOT power metal. And they suck.
    You are NOT cool. And you suck. Amazing album, Randy Blythe makes it all the better.
    bobogeneration
    awesome album.. dunno about the power metal statement though can see a lot of mastodon, converge and lamb of god influences in their tone and style
    DTOE
    Firewater Joyride is an awesome song, with a powerful, driving riff.. the whole album is really enjoyable to listen too, and you can really see Randy's influence imo. Good record!
    ParkerScks
    A Life Once Lost is NOT power metal. And they suck
    And so do you! anyway this album kiks ass im suprised its had a review to be honest... best songs for me are pigonhold and all teeth. kik ass album these guys are up for doing great things and being rememberd for a long time ull all see
    hitek008
    power metal?..no...yea randy also made a guest vox on their hunter album...pretty sick that randy helped produce the vocals on this album...enjoyin it right now!
    ChelseaGrin
    ALOL have always had a very Southern feel to me like a heavier version of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Iron Gag is a pretty impressive effort nontheless and god damn i love Deven Townsend