A Life Once Lost
Iron Gag



by BlastTyrant USER (1 Reviews)
December 13th, 2007 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A life Once Lost releases a pretty average album that does little to wow fans of former releases.

The thing that initially caught my interest in A Life Once Lost was their extreme intensity. This was what made Hunter and A Great Artist such great albums. They were crazy, off the wall, fast songs that were great fun to listen to. I was really hoping to hear that same style they had proved themselves in. Unfortunately, Iron Gag is way tamed down. Robert's Vocals are not as utterly insane as they were on Hunter and the guitar part's are less daring and less exciting. There is also a noticable southern influence on this album which doesn't really work for them.

Firewater Joyride was the first song I heard from this album and thank god the whole record is not this boring. The song doesn't go anywhere. The lyrics are take a turn for the worse as well. I was severely disappointed by this song, but let is pass simply because singles generally are not the best on albums.

The next few songs get a little better. Detest is one of the crazier songs on the album, but it's very repetitive and it gets old. The highlight of the song is a solo courtesy of Devin Townsend which is all over the place but unfortunately ends prematurely and goes back into the repitition. The Wanderer is Iron Gag's version of Hunter from Hunter and it's pretty boring. There's a few interesting solos but it's simply too long. Worship is a lot like Detest. It's repetitive but pretty cool anyway.

All Teeth is my personal favorite song on the album. The opening riff reminds of something that might be on Hunter, which is a nice change. For the first time on the album, the drums stand out as well as the guitar. It's a fun listen. The booklet says Anthony Green is in it, but I didn't notice it at first. He sings some weird background vocals around 2 1/2 minutes but its small and not very noticable.

The next few tracks don't really stand out. Meth Mouth isn't very heavy and it doesn't really go anywhere. It's saved a little bit by a cool guitar solo. Pigeonholed is not very heavy and pretty boring. Randy Blythe is in it somewhere but I haven't cared enough to find where. Masks is probably the best of the 3. Not boring, but not too great either.

Others Die is probably my second favorite on the album. The opening riff is pretty cool and it manages to keep my interested for the whole song. It has some variety and it seems to actually have unique structure.

Silence is above average, it has some nice riffing but it does little more. It's pretty interesting but not the best. It's probably my 4th or 5th favorite on the album. Ill Will is pretty average as well, but a decent closer.

All in all, I wouldn't download this whole album but a few songs are worthwhile. It has a decent amount of variety, and the instrumentals are pretty impressive. I'll stick to Hunter.

Recomended Tracks: All Teeth, Others Die, Silence, Detest

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December 13th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

My first review, any suggestions?

dub sean
December 13th 2007


Don't make 1-3 sentence paragraphs, they look weak.
Other than that, good first.

December 14th 2007


ok review, i dont like this album. Hunter was an ok album but this is just way worse. i am assuming you are a Clutch fan, good to see. Clutch rules

December 14th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I loved this album, but, A life once lost is one of my favorite bands so I'm bias.

December 14th 2007


Nice first review. I would probably beef up the opening paragraph before jumping into the musical side of this album (ie. talk about their past, what was to be expected etc.) and probably format this a bit better (ie. bring a few of these stringy paragraphs together). Other than that, solid writing style. Their first album was excellent, but this just seems average after listening to a few tracks from this album.

but, A life once lost is one of my favorite bands so I'm bias.

You need to be exposed to more music dude!
This Message Edited On 12.13.07

i am the robots
December 14th 2007


You're complaining about this being nothing special for fans of the "old" albums is funny.

You need to get Open Your Mouth For The Speachless, In Case Of Those Appointed To Die and The Fourth Plague: Flies before you even speak about old A Life Once Lost owning new A Life Once Lost.This Message Edited On 12.14.07

December 15th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

I agree with this review, this album didn't have the intensity of there last, it just seemed empty compared to the last album. I was kinda dissapointed but its not to bad, it has some good songs in it.

December 22nd 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

I actually thought Iron Gag was a great album and i personally really dug the southern influence but I definitely respect your opinion.

as far as review writing goes....

you did a good job =] you made your message clear and had a bunch of details and examples to validate your point.

so though i dont agree with what you say, i'll defend to the death your right to say it!!! =P

June 24th 2008


The first half of this album is a bit meh, but the second half is much better

October 23rd 2009


Album Rating: 2.0

nice review....yeah the southern influence has got them bad...it sucks. i have to hear the second half . kind of lost interest after hearing firewater joyride.

December 26th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

There are some really good riffs on this album. definitely not their best, but there are some great tunes.

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