This is really great news! After over two years of writing and recording, A Life Once Lost has completed their new record, which will be titled Ecstatic Trance, via Season of Mist on October 23 in North America and on November 16 overseas. The band have been under the radar for the most part, popping up most recently doing a one month residency at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie. They will be back with a vengeance this fall. I saw the bands a few months ago, with their current lineup, and they sound as angry and hungry as ever. Crushing, in fact! This band needs to get back on the road and melt faces! I can't wait to hear their new material. For now, let's watch this old school clip of "Surreal Atrocities": (more…)
If you live in Philly, and have a Monday night free, go check out A Life Once Lost. The band will be playing four shows at Kung Fu Necktie, working out their new material, and they made sure to invite some awesome friends to play with them, including Hull, Woe, Fight Amp. Black Sheep Wall, Jucifer, and more. Here is what guitarist Doug "Snake" Sobalnick has to say about it: (more…)
A Life Once Lost might be busy working on a new album, but nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a string of live shows. The band have announced a mini-tour with the unfuckwithable Black Sheep Wall. If you haven't heard of Black Sheep Wall, check them out, they crush! All of these dates are on the east coast and if you're in Philly, you're about to get a shit-ton of ALOL. (more…)
Our friends over at Metalsucks are throwing a pretty rad two-day rager that they're calling the Metal Suckfest, two days, twenty bands, and a lot of booze. The party happens on November 5th and 6th at the Gramercy in NYC. The first day will feature Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, Magrudergrind, Ramming Speed and Prime Evil and the second night will feature the mighty Cynic headlining, Obscura, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Scale the Summit, Fight Amp, Rosetta, Ultrageist. Four more bands are expected to be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale this Friday 10am at LiveNation.com.
For all of you out-of-towners, don't fret, Metal Injection will be there covering the shit out of this event!
Well here is a nice tour package for seven lucky cities. Athiest have announced a brief run of shows to go down in early March and they have a killer lineup of openers. A Life Once Lost will act as direct support, with Revocation and Last Chance To Reason right before them. These are four bands that are 100% Metal Injection approved. So get off your ass and hit up one of these shows so that these bands can shred your head off! Here are the dates: (more…)
While we were away last week, our good buddies in A Life Once Lost had a very busy week. Early in the week they announced they have signed a deal with Seasons of the Mist to put out their record this summer. I think the label is a great fit for the band, with High on Fire, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic and Athiest being some of their labelmates.
Beyond that, the band also announced that founding drummer Justin Graves would be leaving the band to pursue goals outside of metal. Graves was one of my favorite drummers on the scene and it will be sad to see him go. Here is the official statement from the band about his departure: (more…)
Hatebreed are bringing back a year-end tradition, Stillborn Fest. The slew of shows will be hitting various northeast markets in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Coming out with the band will be A Life Once Lost and Thy Will Be Done for all the dates with other bands dropping in for select shows. Here is the full routing:
12/27 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
w/ A Life Once Lost, Thy Will Be Done, The World We Knew & Hate Your Guts
12/28 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
w/ Four Year Strong, H2O, Trapped Under Ice, This Is Hell, Thy Will Be Done, The World We Knew & Strength For A Reason
12/29 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
w/ Four Year Strong, A Life Once Lost, Trapped Under Ice, Fireworks, This Is Hell, Thy Will Be Done, The World We Knew & Strength For A Reason
12/30 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
w/ A Life Once Lost, This Is Hell, Thy Will Be Done, Hate Your Guts,
The World We Knew & Strength For A Reason
Man, I was just randomly browsing our collection of live videos and I got up to this killer A Life Once Lost clip from a few years back and could not resist headbanging at my desk. These guys absolutely rip it live.
This is the main reason we booked them for our CMJ showcase on October 20th in NYC. If you're around, you definitely need to come and check this band out live. Beyond ALOL, there are a ton of other reasons to come to our showcase. In fact, my no-homo-broho Axl Rosenberg compiled a fancy list of 5 reasons why you should show up that's worth a read. Tickets are available for purchase on Ticketweb and are only 10 bucks.
Woah man! 4/20 just kind of sneaked up on us here at Metal Injection. That's because we treat every day like it's 4/20. We do not discriminate. Anyway, in celebration of the day where I guess we smoke a little extra ganja, here is a chronic-ready playlist of stoner jams to help you through today's festivities:
Let's start with Meshuggah's "Suffer In Truth" conveniently at a running time of 4:20 (at least the album version)
Being this was our first Wednesday show, we knew we had to do something big. We decided to bring back our most requested game show, Death or no Death, the game show where you have to figure out which band names are real and which are fake. It's much harder than you think! Our special guest for the game show is vocalist Travis Ryan from CATTLE DECAPITATION. Will the death metal master come out on top? Also, we get a surprise call from Snake of A LIFE ONCE LOST. On top of all of that, we get a quick check-in from "Patrick Swayze". Don't forget, the Metal Injection Livecast is on at a new day and time, Wednesdays at 8pm Eastern. Don't miss it!
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Obfuscation
A LIFE ONCE LOST Surreal Atrocities
NACHTMYSTIUM Your True Enemy
CATTLE DECAPITATION A Body Farm
CONVERGE Axe To Fall
UPDATE: We have posted a short behind the scenes clip (mostly of Sid molesting Noa with the camera) after the jump… (more…)
Metal Injection has been going strong for 5 years now. I thought this would be as good a time as any to go back into our archives and pick out my top 5 favorite interviews that I have conducted. In the middle of the week, I'll post a few hilarious band on band interviews. Stay tuned all week for new updates!
It's always cool when a band that you are into turn out to be really awesome bros. Such was the case with A LIFE ONCE LOST. I remember seeing an interview the whole band did on Uranium and thinking wow, these guys are hilarious. I want to hang out with them. Sure enough, the next time they came around I scheduled an interview which ended up being the masterpiece featured in this post. We took over the backstage bathroom at a smaller former venue in NYC called the Knitting Factory during the Spring of 2006. This allowed everybody to just focus on the interview and the jokes. I love how "real" this interview is. I feel it is a true portrait of a band on the road. At one point, interview hit that mark where Snake asked the question: Why aren't we smoking weed? Which brings us to part 2 of this interview… (more…)
After a brief hiatus, we are back with an all new epsiode of our video podcast, The FiX. We hang out with our friends in A LIFE ONCE LOST. Besides telling us about what they've been up to (touring and writing new material), the band picks some of their favorite videos, featuring choice cuts from EXODUS, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MESHUGGAH, AC/DC and HIGH ON FIRE.
Our goal is to have new episodes of the FiX ready for the first and third Monday of every month. Will we make it? Stay tuned!
There is a lot to be frustrated about today. The pope still thinks that condoms worsens the spreading of AIDS. A bunch of bumbling morons still wearing their kelly green t-shirts are hungover and more dangerous than yesterday. AND K-Rock ditched the bullshit hard rock to play Beyonce all day (I didn't believe it until I turned the radio on in my car on yesterday). But, at least the internet is as cool as a Nordic winter, with all its information sharing. So chill out and click away.
SIDE PROJECT ALERT
BIZARRE NEWS SHARE OF THE DAY
Japanese metallers Dir En Grey will be conducting "careful" confirmations that only dudes are attending their "male only" concerts, which leads me to believe that members of the band will finally show their vaginas on stage.
Anthrax' Frankie Bello swears up a storm on "That Metal Show" and chooses Van Halen over GnR
Agoraphobic Nosebleed "Moral Distortion" plus album art
Local events to note:
Brooklyn Black and Blue Hardcore show to ensue a massive mosh pit on May 30
A beard party (includes Slumlord, Returner and Electric Horsemen) is being thrown by Decibel on 3/18 (THAT'S TODAY)
I'm not sure how I missed this a few weeks ago, but A Life Once Lost are writing a new album. They issued the following update:
"We have been holed up in Freehold, NJ for the last two months starting to put together our next album. The vibe of this stuff is more of a throwback for us. We have come up with some seriously mind bending riffs and it feels really good so far. The recording is still a ways off as we are only a few tracks in, but expect nothing but a sick groove metal record. We will keep you guys informed on whats up and start filming some stuff to throw on our Youtube page. Get stoked for later 2009!"
It's no secret that ALOL are one of my favorite bands out today, so I'm definitely excited about this news. I doubt they will disappoint. Check out our copious amounts of ALOL footage to get you hyped up.
ALOL Singer launches new band; UNEARTH almost finished with guitar tracking; First bands for MDF VII announced; Metal Monk
> A LIFE ONCE LOST vocalist Bob Meadows has launched a side-project called NO PEOPLE. The band is rounded out by Nate Localio (guitar) and Colby Chase (drums) of avant-metal band Jekylnhyde along with Philadelphia musicians Will Schaeffer (guitar) and Josh Gowton (bass) with a sound that can be compared to MESHUGGAH and DILLIGNER ESCAPE PLAN (so not too far from ALOL themselves). Check out the band's 4 track demo on their MySpace page.
> UNEARTH are currently sequestered System Recording Studios with producer Adam Dutkiewicz. The album's guitar tracks are near-complete and vocals are expected to be tracked next week. Expected release for the as-yet-titled recored is sometime in October. The band has been posting video updates on their MySpace page.
> The first round of band's for next year's Maryland Deathfest VII have been announced: ASPHYX, IMMOLATION, BRUTAL TRUTH, TODAY IS THE DAY, FLESH PARADE and ANTIGAMA. The event will take place from May 22nd to 24th at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD.
> The BBC has a pretty interesting piece on a heavy metal monk, who first got into metal at a METALLICA concert.