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Chimaira tour

Some tours have lineups so strong that I get dizzy when they’re first announced, as in the BTBAM/Deafheaven tour. Many others though take a lot of consideration. Living about 4 hours away from every market fit for touring — ain’t this place a geographical oddity! — and having a full time job makes pretty much every tour a no-go unless there’s a great ratio of good to bad and if it falls on a weekend. This new Chimaira tour is cutting it pretty close.

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Late For Nothing

01. Thunder Chunky
02. Letters To Stallone
03. Snake Charmer
04. Boat Paddle
05. Firebees
06. Mind The Gap
07. Carnage Asada
08. The Map
09. That’s A Horse Of A Different Color
10. I’d Buy That For A Dollar
11. Inside Job
12. It Don’t Make Me No Nevermind

[08/06/13]
[Century Media Records]

Iwrestledabearonce have been dividing the metal community for years. On one side, you have the fans — the ones who will defend the bands every move and talk nothing but positive things about their music. Then, you have the other side of the coin, where those denounce the band, calling them generic, or gimmicky. Their first two records ultimately didn’t help, as many metal fans today are still either for or against the band. Regardless of where you stand, it’s easy to see that the band have matured a lot since their inception, at least musically. Would this maturation be enough to sway those naysayers with their third studio album Late For Nothing, or would these two camps remain divided by a thick black line?

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iwrestledabearonce - Late For Nothing

iwrestledabearonce are known for being somewhat weird with their avant garde influence. The group always manages to throw curveballs to listeners, whether it be a bluegrassy breakdown or a surf-rock segue. However, one of the most surprising things the band has managed to accomplish thus far is getting a guest solo from guitar shred legend Steve Vai.

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iwrestledabearonce - Late For Nothing

A little under two weeks ago, we caught a glimpse of the future of iwrestledabearonce with their first new song featuring new vocalist Courtney LaPlante, ‘Thunder Chunky.’ Now, the band have released a second new track from their forthcoming third album Late For Nothing in ‘Firebees.’ Listen to the track below:

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iwabo 2013 by Jeremy Saffer

Few bands are as polarizing as iwrestledabearonce. I seem to be one of the few that always manages to ride the fence on IWABO, with my opinion on the group changing depending on my mood and tastes. Though, I did enjoy their most recent effort Ruining it for Everybody quite a bit at the time, so things are pointing in an upward trajectory for the avant-garde influenced metalcore group. With that in mind, my interest is certainly piqued — even more so when you consider that the group had a lineup change that landed them a new vocalist in Courtney LaPlante. In some ways, I think the band have a lot to prove when it comes to their new album, Late for Nothing.

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The surprisingly so-so All Stars Tour now has tour dates! The trek — featuring Every Time I Die, Veil of Maya, iwrestledabearonce, and more — will run through July and August. Special guests Volumes will be performing July 26th-August 11th and  Structures will appear July 19th-25th and August 12th-17th. Here are the dates:

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I tend to think of these  yearly summer package tours that Sumerian Records and the Pantheon Agency put on as falling on a certain spectrum. One one end you have Summer Slaughter, meant for fans of more extreme music which has now branched out to appeal to prog fans. On the other end All Stars Tour appeals to more hardcore/scene fans — think a selection of bands that you could see on the heavier end of Warped. I tend to align myself with Summer Slaughter Tour and avoid All Stars like the plague, but this year’s All Stars tour has at least three bands I’d LOVE to see!

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IWABO

As you may recall, iwrestledabearonce had a bit of a shakeup last year when original vocalist Krysta Cameron had a pregnant and left the band. Not wanting to let go of their crowd-drawing gimmick anytime soon, the band opted to pick up another female vocalist by the name of Courtney LaPlante. At first, she was billed as just a stand-in, with her other band Unicron — which sounds pretty much exactly like IWABO — as her main focus.

Now it’s looking like her placement in the band is a touch more permanent than all that, because they’re writing a new album with LaPlante still boasting frontwoman status. Will this have any sort of bearing on how the new material will sound? Likely not, but there’s some news that may have ruined a few days from people who care too much about silly things. I for one enjoyed Ruining it for Everybody, and I’m curious as to how LaPlante will leave her mark on the new record.

- JR

Avant-Garde is definitely an acquired taste. If someone had shown me Gorguts four or five years ago I wouldn’t have dug it; I was still scratching my head at Tool’s change from 7/8 to 13/6. However, when I discovered iwrestledabearonce’s debut LP It’s All Happening, my ears were confused. I had never heard anything of the sort. They mixed bluegrass with metalcore, interspersed with symphonic black metal moments, and even some technical guitar work. It was truly mind-boggling, but it worked. And not only did it work, but people my age enjoyed it. I knew people who went to their shows not because they were on the same bill as Asking Alexandria, but because they wanted to see something different. So, with metal purists fuming at this point in the story, how does IWABO fit in with the “avant-garde” genre?

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Genghis Tron are without a doubt a band ahead of their time. While the aesthetic choice of drum machines and grindcore influence were around before they rose to the good graces of critics and fans alike, they took the “cybergrind” sound and made it their own. This wholly unique three-piece group — which only contains two synth players and a guitarist — may be ambiguous on the spectrum of avant-garde music, but they’re trailblazers in the realm of experimental metal.

The earlier work of Genghis Tron is almost tongue-in-cheek. They threw together grindcore, trip-hop, and various electronica genres which alienated many people — something any avant-garde band worth their salt should be doing. They forged a new spastic sound since aped by the likes of iwrestledabearonce and Arsonists Get All The Girls with a debut EP titled Cloak of Love in 2005. Rough around the edges as it was, its wild experimentation turned many heads, and it isn’t hard to figure out why:

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