Monday, August 27, 2012

A Life Once Lost to release new album

After a five-year hiatus, A LIFE ONCE LOST returns with a vengeance. The band is set to slam back into the forefront with their new album, Ecstatic Trance, due out in North America on October 23rd and internationally on November 16th via Season of Mist. This is the first offering of music the band has released since 2007's Iron Gag. With a fresh take on the band's tried and true sound, Ecstatic Trance is poised to be one of metal's most visible and resonating albums of 2012.


A LIFE ONCE LOST has existed on the forward edge of modern metal, where progression and innovation collide with tradition, since its inception. From day one, the path the ALOL have blazed has not only been defiant but also their own.

Formed in ’99 in Philadelphia’s suburbs, the nascent band immediately forged a noisy, high-impact wall of sound combining dissonant, modern aggression with the hallmarks of traditional metal. Almost as soon as ALOL had songs, the band started cutting their teeth in the Philly-area DIY circuit playing alongside their peers in Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lamb of God, God Forbid, and more.

ALOL’s recent renewal process was arduous, and required Bob Meadows and Doug Sabolick to rebuild everything from the ground back up. The writing process was intense while the two tried to meld a diverse range of influences - Killing Joke to Can, King Crimson to Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti and more - while respecting and remaining true to the sonic art that they had always traveled.

Three years in the making, A LIFE ONCE LOST’s new album 'Ecstatic Trance', is the product of that unwavering determination and raises their patented rhythmic attack to hypnotic new levels of precision and expression. Huge, jagged riffs and churning, syncopated rhythms are the blueprint for the emotive guitar-playing and explosive vocals of Sabolick and Meadows respectively. Dark washes of melody and ominous Hammond Organ tones color epic tracks such as "Madness Is God, "Something Awful", and "The Blues", giving their material a bold, raw sense of expression unlike any they've shown before. 'Ecstatic Trance' is one of 2012's best metal albums, and proves that the path of A LIFE ONCE LOST is always moving forward.

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