A Life Once Lost Bio:
Formed in 1999, A LIFE ONCE LOST has constantly progressed, releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums that have earned them the title as one of this decade's most looked to heavy music bands. Releasing material through underground tastemaker labels such as Robotic Empire (2003's The Fourth Plague: Flies) and Converge singer Jake Bannon's Deathwish, Inc. (A Great Artist), ALOL has come to be known as a "band's band" - one that delivers consistent, quality releases and backs them up with non-stop road dog touring.
Logging countless miles on the road over the past 5 years, ALOL has developed into an absolute force to be reckoned with in the live setting. The band has crisscrossed the globe alongside a diverse array of their hard music peers including treks with HIGH ON FIRE, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and LAMB OF GOD. In 2005, ALOL released Hunter (Ferret Music), an album that snarled with a mesmerizing combination of cornerstone groove and staccato punch. The release met to wide-reaching praise and yielded the powerfully angular track "Vulture", which immediately became a favorite amongst the band's growing legion of devoted fans. The video for "Vulture" was like a high-action version of an X-Files episode, visually capturing ALOL's explosive live energy. High-profile North American treks as part of OZZFEST, the "Sounds of the Underground" and Jagermeister Music tours followed, putting the band on the radar of thousands of new music enthusiasts. Now, with IRON GAG, ALOL is set to deliver a truly original, innovative, heavy-as-hell listening experience. Unpredictable and dangerous, the band injects a fire-breathing, brazen swagger into its wide musical palette. Musically, IRON GAG is all about mining the capabilities of each musician, the album a study in elemental force that rides the line between metal and rock with enlightened originality. Slick, sly, hard-hitting, and intelligent, IRON GAG is the rare heavy record with staying power. Supremely well-paced, the music dovetails its blend of raw-power metal and fuzz-tripping hard-rock, combining each in various permutations: the rock coming to the forefront in songs such as 'Firewater Joyride' and the crunching 'Detest'; the more deliberate side of the band emerging in the bruising 'Worship' and the snide, slow-boil of 'THE WANDERER'. The vocals on IRON GAG are at once sarcastic, cynical and mocking, a troubled humanity lurking just beneath the surface. Buzz-bomb guitars raise the bar on the "riffs-per-square-inch" ratio to heretofore unseen heights, delivering an absolutely massive wallop of scorched-out, supercharged rock. The menace and muscle of ALOL's burning train rhythm section carves a space for IRON GAG's monolithic Zeppelin-esque riffs that seem to teeter on a cliff's edge, ready to plunge into a void. Grinding as if they were stripping screws of their threads, guitar bends and rapid-fire slides slice through the tracks like hot knives. You want the heavy? It's all here. "Nothing has ever slowed us down. We are a band that saw what we wanted and did what we wanted to do," Meadows says flatly. "It's about going out there and taking it."
Like a shark, this band can only go forwards and the deeper reaches of IRON GAG are very clearly the sound of A LIFE ONCE LOST finding new waters in which to hunt.