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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.
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Trepalium – H.N.P

Groove is hard to pull off. For many, like myself, it can easily make the difference between a good band and a great band and when you think of those groups that really 'got it' like Pantera, Gojira, Lamb Of God or Meshuggah, you'd be hard pushed to deny that groove has given us some of the most accessible while still respectable bands around. Enter Trepalium, who have been slogging away and mining groove for over a decade now to an unfortunately small audience. However, the times have changed, ever since the aforementioned Gojira kicked the door wide open, bands like Trepalium are front and center, flying the flag for the future of French metal and H.N.P is their latest attempt rising to the top of the stack.