Iwrestledabearonce
Ruining It for Everybody


4.0
excellent

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (37 Reviews)
July 26th, 2011 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iwrestledabearonce aren't actually Ruining It For Everybody. How ironic.

Iwrestledabearonce, a band that frequently causes division in the metal community; the division being you either love them or hate them, it's that simple. Iwrestledabearonce are a creation that even Dave Mustaine couldn't predict, they play what is considered to be metal, which is their musical foundation. However, instead of turning into a typical 'core' band, they create a musical monster, a monster that contains jazz, mathcore, 70's disco and operatic vocals with the harsh screams and much more, all being implemented at a high caliber on their second LP. Ruining It For Everybody is an evolution of It's All Happening with vast improvements across the entire spectrum, it's even more cohesive than it's predecessor.

IWABO are typically classed amongst their fellow 'core' bands, yet they have something unique for their appointed genre: a female vocalist. Krysta's vocals have improved vastly, her singing is excellent, her harmonies are bigger than before. Her voice carries much more emotion this time around. Vocally, she ranges from a soft sweet melody to a soaring operatic, over-exaggerated tone that is quite beautiful sounding, not only that but her voice seems to have much more stamina; she can hold her notes for longer without them losing pitch. Not only has her singing improved, but her screaming seems stronger and not as 'noisy', which has been helped by the production of RIFE. Now, not everyone will enjoy Krysta's vocals, people either want one or the other, i.e the singing or the screaming, and some want neither. Her voice isn't for everyone, it will leave some people polarized and others humming along.

Instrumentally, IWABO have pushed themselves, while, at the same time they don't take too many chances. They expand on what they already know; adding sporadic electronics that sound like they're from various era's, basing more of their structure around the synth element, coming across more confident in this particular area. The guitars are just as kooky and then some, the guitarists have excelled themselves; from the strange time/signature changes to the various genre-spanning riffs and breakdowns. The drums pound throughout RIFE, the crashing of the cymbals sound polished and the drums as a whole seem far more fleshed out, contributing to the overall heaviness of RIFE. Furthermore, the songs are more cohesive following some sort of standard structure, while not detracting any surprises from the listener. Although, not everyone will appreciate the quirky electronics, such as the Elvis sample in 'You Know That Ain't Them Dog's Real Voices' to the swift tempo change in 'Stay to the Right'.

Sound-wise, Ruining It For Everybody carries much more weight; for instance: the production is a hundred times better than It's All Happening, each song is fleshed out individually gaining their own identity, which keeps them fresh. Also RIFE actually seems to have more raw emotion and fun put into it, which shines through in the songs, for example: Karate Nipples, Break It Down Camacho, Button It Up & Deodorant Can't Fix Ugly. The album is heavier and more melodic benefiting IWABO, as it improves the quality of the music by a milestone.

Overall, Ruining It For Everybody is an excellent album, surpassing their debut in every way and then topping it off with a cherry on top. From the vocals to the instrumentation, there is something for any metal or 'core' fan, it may take some time to get used to but it is definitely worth a try. Even if you don't like Iwrestledabearonce, you cannot deny they're a talented bunch of schizophrenic musicians that continue to push musical boundaries.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Idnuf
July 26th 2011


1491 Comments


Goddamnit does anyone on this site finish a sentence without misusing irony? Plus why even have that as your summary? The review is better than any given Hawks review, so you at least have that

tkxxx7
July 26th 2011


6159 Comments


Why can't you write in complete sentences?

Adabelle
July 26th 2011


4260 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah, I honestly don't know how you managed to listen to the whole album..

Adabelle
July 26th 2011


4260 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

...AND ENJOY IT?!

sexpoi
July 26th 2011


599 Comments


i guess i'll check this out, although the reason i didn't like the last one was because her singing was off pitch at times and her screaming voice was grating. Hopefully she got better, the rest of the band is good though

ziroth
July 26th 2011


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

she did get better her voice was actually quite good throughout, and all the genre hopping kept it mildly entertaining.

HenchmanOfSanta
July 26th 2011


1926 Comments


I wouldn't say this band causes divisions in the metal community because the metal community wants nothing to do with them. Leave them for scene kids to fight about.

FearThyEvil
July 26th 2011


12760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You can tell about 8 or 9/10 who rated this awful didn't even listen to it. Plus the dates at which it was rated by most awful is just pointless.

basssolo
July 26th 2011


74 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What the fuck is wrong with this review? Did a face come out of a wall during an acid trip and EAT YOU?

No, I respect your opinion, but this is just choppy.

KingAlistair
July 26th 2011


175 Comments


The album cover looks like Hypersleep Dialogues at first glance

pmmets07
July 26th 2011


5931 Comments


yeah i highly doubt this is a 4

Pharoh
July 26th 2011


3325 Comments


This album is stale.... Get it?

DeathByDaydream
July 26th 2011


546 Comments


does she really scream through that annoying filter for the WHOLE album?

po0ty
July 27th 2011


493 Comments


possibly the worst summary i've ever read

EatMyWolf
July 27th 2011


26 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's catchy

FearThyEvil
July 27th 2011


12760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The album cover looks like Hypersleep Dialogues at first glance

Only the writing does but I can see how you got that.

Torii
July 27th 2011


820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ Hahaha I thought the same thing

ianjulian
July 28th 2011


637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jazz, mathcore, 70's disco and operatic vocals

Shredzilla
July 28th 2011


501 Comments


Never got into this band. Judging by the ratings for this, I don't think this album will be making me a fan.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 28th 2011


50960 Comments


That vocal filter kills it for me

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