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A Life Once Lost – Ecstatic Trance

The most crucial element of composing noteworthy groove-centric metal is understanding the necessity of variety. Whether it’s Sepultura infusing Brazilian tribal music into each track or Pantera pacing out trashy groove assaults with opuses like 'Cemetery Gates,' those that wish to thrive in the genre must compose music that transcends mere mosh fodder. Enter A Life Once Lost, a Pennsylvania outfit returning from five years of studio silence with their latest effort, Ecstatic Trance, an album which fine tunes everything the band has accomplished on past releases to create an impressive result. ALOL’s previous affinity for redundant Lamb of God worship has evolved into djentless Meshuggah grooves infused with haunting melodies of the spiritual and Arabian variety.