Iwrestledabearonce
Ruining It for Everybody


2.0
poor

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
July 26th, 2011 | 41 replies | 11,184 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stripping away their callous and abstract approach to metal and its subgenres, iwrestledabearonce arise as a more mature, but ultimately more forgettable band.

Confession timeâ€"I’ve always enjoyed a good bit of iwrestledabearonce, and their quirky approach to music. The feeling that they really don’t care about what the metal scene thinks of them is genuine, allowing them to burst out of their respective genre and experiment with a multitude of different sounds. Still, the entire existence of the band actually feels like a big joke. A female screamer and techno overtones make up a large portion of the band’s sound, something that needless to say has creates a large divide between those who’ve heard them. Their debut, It’s All Happening, displayed this well, as electronics and metal intermingled with the solid “core” foundation. It was odd, spastic, and fun, with enough catchiness to float them, as well as make them at least “charming.” Well, two years and an EP later, the charm is starting to fade, and the joke, well it really isn’t that funny anymore.

When interviews started to float around that iwrestledabearonce were writing more cohesive, well thought out songs, I knew something was amiss. Sure, It’s All Happening was far too unhinged for its own good, but that was part of the amiability of the whole thing. It was unpredictable and maddeningly spontaneous. Their sophomore effort, Ruining It For Everybody seems tame in comparison, and it feels as if the band have matured. Flourishes of silliness are still there, but the whole package doesn’t feel as unabashedly weird, just oddly and unnecessarily chaotic.

That being said, iwrestledabearonce’s maturation goes a long way in establishing the band as an actual band, rather than a gimmick. However, it’s so misguided and bizarre, that the maturation actually acts as a deterrent. Breakdowns are aplenty in Ruining It For Everybody, enough so that it honestly detracts from the flow of the album. This is all intermittent with twinkly and twitchy interludes in which Krysta lends her clean vocals. Her vocals have always been, well let’s just say, an important part of the band’s sound and image. Krysta takes a very unique approach to vocal delivery, in that she utilizes a very deep, throaty scream. Apparently people *** bricks when females sing in this manner, because the band have pretty much become a household name because of them, being dubbed as “that band with the female screamer.”

However, Krysta, like the rest of the group, has actually grown as a musician. She’s tightened her screams up, and her cleans have come a long way, sounding pretty damn great on their own merit. As stated previously, there are still a confounding amount of breakdowns, but there’s been quite a bit more added to the mix. Weird guitar segments give way to more conventional instrumentation, and it sounds pretty excellent. This musical growth sadly takes a backseat to the fact that iwrestledabearonce really didn’t put it to good use. Songwriting just doesn’t come naturally to the band, a fact that becomes known when one listen’s to the incredibly homogenous track list. The breakdown, cleans, and techno formula becomes less of a method of song structure than a crutch. Sure there are some fantastic pieces to be had, with songs like “Karate Nipples” and “Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly” standing out, but as a whole every song just bleeds together.

It seems odd that a band’s maturation could be its Achilles Heel, and that a growth in musicianship could actually be a rather forgettable move. This seems to be the case with iwrestledabearonce and their latest. Ruining It For Everybody, once you strip away the callously unabashed silliness, is just another quirky, misguided “core” effort. It’s not outwardly bad, just disappointingly average and forgettable. And for a band like iwrestledabearonce, being forgettable says quite a lot.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 26th 2011



10592 Comments


A visual account of Xeno not giving a fuck.



Yay 112!

North0House2
July 26th 2011



5848 Comments


Dang, seems like this record did indeed ruin it for everyone. Good review.

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Adabelle
July 26th 2011



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Pos'd. Love how there's been two reviews for this today haha.

Rev
July 26th 2011



9404 Comments


FLCL avatar! nice review man. I've always had a soft spot for these guys, might still check this out


pos. XENO FOR CONTRIB

pizzamachine
July 26th 2011



12571 Comments


A Xeno review! A pos!

NOISECORE
July 26th 2011



80 Comments


Yeah, I think Ima gonna go listen to Genghis Tron now, goodbye.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011



7164 Comments


Not enough Chenophanes in life. Neg.

Digging: Ty Segall - Manipulator

AfterTheBreakdown
July 26th 2011



7108 Comments


good review. This band is gay.

basssolo
July 26th 2011



74 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Shut up breakdown you're ruining it for everybody

AfterTheBreakdown
July 26th 2011



7108 Comments


cool story bro.

Tyrael
July 26th 2011



20823 Comments


Great review is usual Xeno! You're a champ.

ziroth
July 26th 2011



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, but I disagree, this is much more listenable than their debut.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011



6085 Comments


damn what up with that btbam ripoff artwork

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AfterTheBreakdown
July 26th 2011



7108 Comments


true that.

taxidermist
July 26th 2011



7200 Comments


A Xeno review? Insta-pos. Won't check this out, though. Never really liked the band.

bloc
July 26th 2011



34761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album had some goodies, I really like the singer's singing voice.

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foreverendeared
July 26th 2011



14678 Comments


Good review. I'd switch out the word "amiability" with something more appropriate, though. The word doesn't quite fit there. Try "allure" or "appeal" or something else.

ffs
July 26th 2011



4865 Comments


good review, never liked these guys

AfterTheBreakdown
July 26th 2011



7108 Comments


this is pretty bad. i don't even know why i listened to this.

Apollo
July 26th 2011



10287 Comments


If ATB calls something bad it must be good

will check out



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