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Sunday, May 31, 2009

CD Review - iwrestledabearonce - It's All Happening

iwrestledabearonce - It's All Happening
2009 Century Media
Ray Van Horn, Jr.



New bands are challenging each other by the minute to reinvent metal. When a band like Shreveport, Louisiana’s iwrestledabearonce can merge so many differing genres into one senses-flogging listen session on their latest work It’s All Happening, you know they’re either going to be credited as innovators or quickly dusted off by the subsequent month’s batch of new arrivals.

Nevertheless, iwrestledabearonce is as creative with their endeavors as Horse the Band, Psyopus and Between the Buried and Me. This band wields an unpredictable mix of deathcore, grind, electronic, coldwave, fusion, rock, math-prog and other assorted flotsam, making for a genuinely engaging listen. At times It’s All Happening will smoke your ear canals with searing grind on the opening sequences to “You Ain’t No Family” “See You in Shell” and “Eli Cash vs. the Godless Savages,” while these tracks amongst the others constantly throw their listeners audile curveballs.

After a couple songs you know iwrestledabearonce is going to dick with you the entire time but the query thus becomes how they’re going to do it. By throwing out cool electro slides here, outraged breakdowns there, funk sections, country jerks and wicked bpms suddenly skidded to a sheer crawl (not to mention a General Lee car horn toot) all for dramatic effect, It’s All Happening has so much going you need to listen multiple times to partake everything. Seriously, this album bears more information overload than even a Pentium II can handle.

Occasionally the songs work themselves into corners and respond with slow, unsatisfactory fallouts, which is really iwrestledabearonce's only flaw; being too creative for their own good they inadvertently find themselves at such an impetus the only option is scream and puke their way out.

As busy as the collision course collage on the album’s cover, iwrestledabearonce crams every niche they can into their raking sequences which give pause at times to let their audience catch their breaths. Meanwhile, vocalist Krysta Cameron is a show stealer unto herself with a ridiculous array of throat textures ranging from Karyn Crisis to Otep to Amanda Palmer to Bjork.

Incensed one second, alluring the next, Cameron’s psychosomatic duality is the perfect accompaniment for music refusing to corral itself into a singular plan of attack. Outlandish, nerdy and supremely disturbed, iwrestledabearonce is modern metal’s answer to the Dresden Dolls.

Rating: ***1/2

37 comments:

Taylor said...

If only they didn't have the worst name ever...

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

lol...

Jay H. Gorania said...

i admire you and value your friendship, but borderline wanna shoot you now for not completely dissin' this piece of crap as i did at about.com!!! hahahaha i love you ray, BUT GOD DO I HATE THIS BAND!!!

Anonymous said...

this is one of the most creative album's iv'e ever come across! great album, i agree about the endings to some of their songs.

Hey and their name is awesome!

Anonymous said...

I think this album blows compared to their last one. Next one is going to sound like evanescence. I can already see it.

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