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Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
A Life Once Lost
A Great Artist
Deathwish Inc.

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A Life Once Lost is a mechanized heavy metal force, more like a band comprised of automatons than humans, repetitive guitars evoke images of assembly lines and deep fryers while traffic signals change red-yellow-green, red-yellow-green. Each function thoughtless, but necessary.

Their sound dwells in the realm of good-in-small-doses, with dense, moderately paced metal that offers little variation to the listener save for a guitar solo here and there, and even then the tempo is steadied, never exploring the more clichéd guitar masturbation employed by more glamorous acts like Van Halen or Metallica. It's the type of metal that listened to closely becomes a bit too abrasive after a while and if played as ambience, could just as easily fade away while you focus on something else completely. That's not to say that this effort lacks merit, but rather that each song is presented in such a similar fashion with so little deviation, akin to Godflesh in that its brutality could hammer you to sleep.

A Great Artist simply chugs its way through each song, trouncing and pummeling without remorse, both musically and vocally. Shifting tones of growls and screams, high and low, standard death metal fare: whether or not the lyrics are about spending your vacation at Disneyland or getting kicked in the face, it matters not... the delivery makes every sound intimidating and callous.

While this band is part of the hardcore scene, they share more in common with heavy metal/death metal outfits than many of their contemporaries. There's also a hint of industrial metal, more in the repetition and drive of the music. A Life Once Lost seemingly accomplish what they set out to do: create heavy, unrelenting music that is consistently similar throughout. There may be more original performers in the scene, but at least A Life Once Lost are sticking with a formula that the execute rather well.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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