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It's All Happening

IwrestledabearonceAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Iwrestledabearonce snap necks with a smile. On their debut album, It's All Happening (Century Media Records), the Shreveport, LA quintet embraces elements of grindcore, electronica, jazz, rock 'n' roll and even a little country for a chaotic aural concoction that's as intoxicating as it is incendiary. Produced by Ryan Boesch (Norma Jean) and released in June 2009, It's All ... Read more in Amazon's Iwrestledabearonce Store

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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0026LYM50
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Ain't No Family
2. White Water In the Morning
3. Danger in the Manger
4. I'm Cold and There Are Wolves After Me
5. Tastes Like Kevin Bacon
6. The Cat's Pajamas
7. Pazuzu for the Win
8. Black-eyed Bush
9. Eli Cash vs. The Godless Savages
10. See You In Shell

Editorial Reviews

Iwrestledabearonce (iwabo) makes music that turns heads. Their spastic blending of genres maintains a cohesive sound that draws in listeners from many musical worlds. Love it or hate it - as long as they get a strong reaction to their music, the members of this band will feel that they have done their duty. Their debut full-length 'it's all happening.' was produced by producer-extraordinaire ross robinson (slipknot, the cure, at the drive in) with engineer/producer ryan boesch (eels, foo fighters) at the helm. The new album manages to take their complex sound one step beyond all expectations. You've be warned! For fans of the dillenger escape plan, converge

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can see really through what going on here April 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Sounds like it's really a band trying rip off Mr. Bungle, playing rejected riffs from Gorguts' "Obscura", early Dillinger Escape Plan, and Arcturus's haunting and atmospheric singing (the one good thing about this band) and it's all being blended together carelessly without any actual thought. Although at times it's quite funny for example how badly funk and deathcore is being played back to back on "Danger in the Manger" (the videos are also quite entertaining), it's hardly anything pleasant overall, because it all sounds like carelessly pasted collages of bland riffs, atonal playing, and bad genre shifts rather than some form of actual character or even some sense of skill. Plus I've heard a lot of the things like this done better before and placed in right times and with remarkable playing, so you fauxhemians telling me to open my mind to it isn't going to work on me but if you still want to enjoy it anyways, that's fine. I'll be listening to those other bands as well as Sigh that show actual sense of musical knowledge and churn out substantial characteristics and replay value rather than bands like these that take from other bands and act random that stand out just for the sake of it. As for Krysta Cameron, she'd be better off playing adult contemporary instead. Yes, I even find some of that music (especially Dido) substantial compared to this.

If these guy are really good players, I'd like to hear them actually play jazz music by itself.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If this is what you're into... March 28, 2011
By Matt32
Format:MP3 Music
One thing about IWABO is that they are aiming to be completely ridiculous, and that is ok. If you like metal/grindcore that is spastic, unstructured, and full of wild and crazy sounds then this is for you. Someone said that the songs (as well as album art) is a mess and to me, that is exactly what this band wants you to think. They present the idea that they don't give a **** what you think about them.

So I would say if you're looking for something completely whacked out and you don't mind trying new things, pick this up. I have a few complaints though about this band. 1, experimental is great and progessing in music is wonderful...but there is such a thing as being experimental for the sake of being experimental. There are odd changes in this album that just make no sense. The jazzy riff fusion that is becoming more popular in metal just doesn't fit. The off key vocals SOMETIMES work, but as a whole, I would have either cleaned them up or left them out and dumbed down the effects. It honestly sounds like IWABO is just throwing things in left and right with the intent of making the song sound aimless and honestly, a bit corny and stupid. You can clearly tell these are highly skilled, extremely talented, and above all precise musicians. Why waste those attributes making music that is just unpleasant to listen to? Just because it changes riffs every 5 seconds doesn't mean it is a "well structured song".

::THIS IS NOT BASED ON FACTS!:: I don't know how true this is but once a guy told me "Oh I went to an IWABO show and the singer saw a kid wearing a My Chemical Romance shirt and she walked up to the front of the stage and punched him in the face!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not All Happening Just Yet August 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Since there is singing on this Cd, It's All Happening reminds me of Tori Amos, the only difference is that the vocalist in Iwrestledabearone Growls, but parts of this album sounds a lot like Tori Amos, I know this sounds weird, but for me that's what I hear. Iwrestledabearone is good, but not great just yet could be better. I can listen to this album without getting bored with it. I like death core bands that growl, not sing, but Iwrestledabearone does it great. I think Iwrestledabearone has potential to do well.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Experrimmumental! March 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This band does a lot of stuff at once, so they must be really unique and aspeshul! There's a lot of stuff going on in the album art, so you can tell this is RANDOM and WACKY like my Invader Zim DVDs XD. You could errantly tune through radio stations and get the same effect, but Century Media respects your intelligence enough to know you'd rather buy this instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An album that should turn a lot of heads August 30, 2013
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Iwrestledabearonce first-and-foremost stand out from the rest of the crowd on account of being a band that features a frontwoman (yes, you read that correctly: WOMAN, not MAN) that goes by the name of Krysta Cameron. But thinking that is the only reason why they deserve attention is like thinking that the only reason Ozzy Osbourne is famous is because he starred in a reality T.V. show. Indeed, IWABO are a very promising, talented, and surprising group of young new go-getters. They are so good, in fact, that this reviewer has no reservations about saying that they are one of the most underrated and/or overlooked new extreme metal groups of the new millennium.

Don't let the fact that they originated in Georgia fool you: They are not a sludge or doom metal band. Their 2009 album, "It's All Happening," blends together some elements of grindcore with strong metalcore, deathcore, and tech-metal influences. The result is a very good debut that often even borders on being great.

The deathcore-leaning opener "You Ain't No Family" makes a strong case for being the album's highpoint, and if nothing else, it is at least a juggernaut of a song that raises the bar high for the rest of the songs to hurdle over. See, it is driven by thunderous, machine gun drumming, fast, blast beat-aided tempo changes, and both monstrous and startlingly clean vocals. The guitar work, meanwhile, is of the frenzied, technical, jazzy style, and the breakdowns are crunchy and brutal. But the song's major and most distinguishable attribute has to be the memorable, epic, and technical bass solo that Dave Branch slips into the mix. Next up, "White Water In the Morning" begins on a surprisingly melodic note, with soaring melodies and accomplished clean singing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No thanks.
Man, so many people assaulting "metal snobs" in their reviews for this band. Well, aren't you then yourself being a "metal snob" for bashing people that don't like this crap? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Evildeadjay
4.0 out of 5 stars Boo-hoo!
I think this album is interesting. Just stop crying about it, if you didn't buy the CD, then don't post a review here. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the narrowminded
This is the Band To Hate of 2010. The vocals, guitars, bass, drums, synths, etc., it's all awesome. People can't live with the fact that they are actual musicians that don't give a... Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by Anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars It's All Happening...sorta
I've been following this band since they released the track Tastes Like Kevin Bacon as a demo. I was intrigued, not at all because of their style (it's nothing all that new), but... Read more
Published on April 15, 2010 by Kit Kitsch
3.0 out of 5 stars gets old quickly
After listening through the cd once, and hearing some of their stuff just from online I was sick of it. but it is worth the money i think. Read more
Published on January 12, 2010 by Travis L. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars someone sure wishes they were genghis tron...
let me preface this by saying i LOVE genghis tron--they utterly blew my ever-loving mind when i heard cloak of love. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by dontbesojumpy
3.0 out of 5 stars It's tacky.
You could just look to other bands who have been blending genres for years now, with much more valid musical theory, with more success, and in less gimmicky ways, who also don't... Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by Badonkadonk
1.0 out of 5 stars It is a fad, and it will pass
That's really all there is to say about this band, and the others like them; hipster "metal" for guys in their sister's pants. Read more
Published on October 4, 2009 by Purgatorio Infinito
4.0 out of 5 stars Musically creative!
This new record builds on the best parts of their EP, and absolutely takes it to the next level. This is the most inventive thing that's happened to metal in... Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by J. C. Brown
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