Lost are a five-piece band hailing from Florida, who, according to the
bio with this, their debut album, have toured with Trivium in the
past. When listening to this album you can tell that a definite
influence has rubbed off on them from their hugely successful peers.
The album begins in storming fashion with 'To Hell and Back', which
begins with heavy riffing and Trivium-esque vocals alternating from
clean to barked. Maiden-like guitar parts pepper the track which
also boasts a memorable harmonic chorus.
The pace never lets up as we go into the second track,
'Confession'. Singer Shaie Mason shows shades of Myles Kennedy in
his strong vocals as the track softens slightly in the chorus, but keeps
up the pummeling riffage right the way through.
'The Big Empty' comes up next and begins with a guitar line that
strangely reminds me of 'Boys of Summer' by Don Henley! This is an
anthemic track which builds up to the chorus, and even sounds slightly 'emo'-like.
The next track, 'Borrowed Time', is a galloping Iron Maiden-like anthem,
again with brilliant vocal harmonies and a football crowd style chant,
which is followed by 'Dry Ground', which slows the pace right down again
and wouldn't sound out of place on a Creed album. This tune is a
slow burner which has another memorable, catchy chorus and flows into a
tremendous guitar solo and another crowd pleasing final third.
'Skeletal Remedy' follows, beginning with a monstrous riff and barked
vocals, a complete contrast to the last track. There is a lot of
light and shade like this on the album, which does at times make it
quite confused, but all the tracks have punch and stand up well in their
own right. The tone for this track is definitely screamo, and is
definitely the heaviest track on the album.
Slowing down the pace again for the next track, 'Forever', this
lighters-aloft anthem is similar in style to the previous 'Dry
Ground'. There is the odd burst of heaviness and the track is
again peppered with decent guitar solos. Masons vocals are
particularly impressive on this tune!
'Taken Away' begins with a gentle riff and slowly builds up to another
slow-burning anthem, whilst 'Predanatural' which follows is ignited by
Egyptian like riffs before exploding into life into another heavy, heavy
track, and my favourite on the album.
The album comes to a close with 'Grave Shifter', another heavy track
which is reminiscent of early Killswitch Engage, with again both clean
and barked vocals. Fantastic drumming gives this track an extra
bit beef and leaves you wanting more.
All in all a great album which at times seems a bit confused as some of
the tracks veer wildly in style but the heavier tracks definitely stand
out for me.