"Hunter" (Ferret; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Meshuggah plus Lamb of God equals ... what? A Life Once Lost, who once again rises from metal's underground to bring us "Hunter."

This titanic Philadelphia-based troupe's latest 11-track sojourn, lovingly given the metallic treatment by Scrap 60 Productions, features crushing grooves colliding with pummeling rhythms on brazen tracks such as "A Rush & Siege" and the blistering "Vultures," which boasts a guest vocal by Randy Blythe of Lamb of God. 

Deliberately bashing riffs that embody machine-like precision and sludge-driven savagery, tracks like "Pain & Panic" will beat you into submission just with the serpentine vocal performance alone. 

Looking for a clinically brutal release? Look no further than "Hunter," an album whose thrash-metal-stuck-in-mud style is the perfect middle ground between Pantera and Zao. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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