Iwrestledabearonce
Late for Nothing


3.5
great

Review

by Jaime Silva USER (6 Reviews)
March 7th, 2014 | 10 replies | 678 views


Release Date: 08/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: iwrestledabearonce's third LP is easily the most accessible, entertaining, and memorable album the band has put out.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Iwrestledabearonce are a tough band to classify. Their music is eclectic, chaotic, and can often times be very catchy. However I do have mixed feelings about the band's two previous albums. There are some really strong songs on their debut but it's bogged down by some less than stellar tracks that make that album as a whole feel fairly boring and hard to finish; while their second album only had one or two songs that I actually enjoyed with the rest being unentertaining garbage. Late for Nothing is the band's third full length release and their first LP with vocalist Courtney LaPlante.

Late for Nothing is easily the band's most coherent record to date. This album sees the band beginning to shed its grind-influenced insanity, instead focusing more on the metalcore elements of their music. The album is rife with breakdowns and harsh vocals but contrasts them nicely against the clean vocals, addicting hooks, and light electronic elements. The album feels less heavy and more accessible than its predecessors and it seems to lack the sudden genre changes of the band's past. Instead the album opts to be more melodic and consistent in style.

Courtney's voice compliments the changes to the band's style quite nicely. Her clean vocals are admirably pleasant. Also there's just something about her voice that I find more enjoyable than Krysta's even though I think that Krysta has a much better singing voice overall. Courtney's harsh vocals, however, are honestly one of the worst aspects of the album. It seems like her screams were funneled through a cup or something and they come off feeling incredibly uninteresting and tedious. Overall though I believe that if Courtney improves her harsh vocals and adds a bit more variation to her singing voice that she can become one of the best female vocalists in the genre.

As a whole, Late for Nothing sees iwrestledabearonce improving almost every aspect of their sound to create one of the most enjoyable metalcore releases of last year. The hooks are great, the majority of the breakdowns are headbang worthy, the riffs are catchy, and the songs as a whole feel more memorable. While it's definitely not an album that will change anyone's mind about the metalcore genre as a whole, Late for Nothing does prove that becoming more accessible isn't always a bad thing and in some cases can lead to a band progressing into new territory that will benefit them in the long run.

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erizen826
March 6th 2014



509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not sure how I feel about this review but I spent a long time on it so I posted it anyway. Feel free to let me know if there's anything I need to improve on when writing reviews. I'm always trying to get better at this

titanslayer
March 6th 2014



1597 Comments


pos
bands name is lol bad

VermTheImpaler
March 6th 2014



1360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Band is lol bad

MotokoKusanagi
March 6th 2014



502 Comments


pleasantly surprised i never heard about this being released

MotokoKusanagi
March 6th 2014



502 Comments


Band is lol bad

now a days for sure. their self-titled EP and It's All Happening are pretty fun listens though

titanslayer
March 6th 2014



1597 Comments


I'm sure they are verm I don't intend to find out

VermTheImpaler
March 6th 2014



1360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lol, dude, I hate sarcasm and parody stuff like this. See my ratings fella

LordePots
March 7th 2014



6526 Comments


iwrestledabearonce's third LP is easily the most accessible, entertaining, and memorable album the band has put out


not saying much

thelastsignal
March 7th 2014



1270 Comments


Good review, man. I pos'd. As far as feedback goes:
"Also there's just something about her voice that I find more enjoyable than Krysta's even though I think that Krysta has a much better singing voice overall.

Try to avoid the "in my opinion" or "I believe" type of stuff; it pops up here and there in the review. Rewording this sentence to compare the two vocalists might be the better option here. Overall, the review is great and I like the conversational tone and short length.

erizen826
March 7th 2014



509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feedback man. I appreciate it. I'll try not to refer to myself in my next reviews.



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