It's All Happening
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If these guy are really good players, I'd like to hear them actually play jazz music by itself.
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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 morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Evildeadjay
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 morePublished on July 23, 2010 by Anonymous
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 morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Kit Kitsch
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 morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Travis L. Smith
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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 morePublished on October 7, 2009 by Badonkadonk