It’s All Happening
31 August 2009
by Luke Morton
You could be forgiven for giving iwrestledabearonce a pass from their name alone; or just another screamy-electro band who are ‘down with the kids’. Fusing grinding screams with powerful singing – plus the odd jazz interlude thrown in for good measure – iwrestledabearonce are alongside the likes of HORSE The Band in terms of musical style and feel.
Kicking off this group of Louisianan grinders debut album is ‘You Ain’t No Family’ which instantly hits you with a wall of noise like no other. Krysta Cameron’s vocals are utterly savage in her screams, but switch mid-way through the song to an almost Nightwish-esque delivery – and that’s before the song twists into something more suited to a hotel lobby and horse-neighing samples. If you like your metal experimental, It’s All Happening is one for you.
Filled with random tangents, with It’s All Happening iwrestledabearonce hammer every song into something distinctively their own. From the use of harps and accordions, to the dixie horns and electronic blips and beeps, these grindcore enthusiasts are out to impress and confuse on their first full-length – but it becomes a bit much after a while.
Despite the impressiveness of the vocal work and the ambitious technicality of the music fuelling it, It’s All Happening feels stuck on loop after a while. Were it not for the differences in sound effects, sometimes you could be mistaken for thinking the track hadn’t changed at all. Thankfully the album culminates in a fantastic final blast of metal, with ‘See You In Shell’ combining all the elements of the previous nine tracks into one glorious whole. Cameron’s screaming and singing pushes the song onward as iwrestledabearonce’s eclecticism touches upon pianos, jazz music and old fashioned funk.
Watch the video for ‘You Ain’t No Family’ by iwrestledabearonce
It’s All Happening is a must for fans of grindcore and experimental metal, packed as it is with ferocious growls, pummelling drums, and more sound effects than you could shake a sampler at. At times it does wear thin, and the odd track does need skipping, but the good ideas definitely outweigh the duds.
Sounds Like: HORSE The Band, The Number 12 Looks Like You
Top Tracks: You Ain’t No Family, White Water In The Morning, See You In Shell
iwrestledabearonce – It’s All Happening tracklisting
You Ain’t No Family
White Water In The Morning
Danger In The Manger
I’m Cold And There Are Wolves After Me
Tastes Like Kevin Bacon
The Cat’s Pajamas
Pazuzu For The Win
Eli Cash vs. The Godless Savages
See You In Shell