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Let's face it, there was quite a massive void left in the metal world after Pantera went down for the count in 2003. But in their wake, there are quite a few up and comers that were happy to step in with a similar style and full of Dimebag Darrell-esque guitar heroics and Phil Anselmo-style manly man vocals. One such band would be the Philadelphia, PA-based quintet A Life Once Lost. Their 2007 release, Iron Gag, will certainly appeal to fans of the power metal genre, a style that is about as in-your-face and unapologetic as it gets. Heck, even some of the song titles would've fit snuggly on a vintage Pantera release ("All Teeth" and "Detest" etc.). As evidenced by such heavy duty rockers as the album opening "Firewater Joyride," "Worship," and "Ill Will," the Ozzfest generation has a new band to worship.


Formed: 1999 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Originally formed in 1999, Philadelphia's A Life Once Lost joined a rapidly growing fraternity of metalcore bands (Converge, God Forbid, Killswitch Engage, to name but a few) spread across the U.S. Eastern Seaboard -- over the next few years, these groups helped define the so-called New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Featuring vocalist Robert Meadows, guitarists Robert Carpenter and Douglas Sabolick, bassist Nick Frasca, and drummer Justin Graves, their releases include 2000's Open Your Mouth for...
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