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Iwrestledabearonce’s new album, Late For Nothing is available for streaming over at Loudwire

Iwrestledabearonce - Late For Nothing

Last time I wrote about the impending release of Iwrestledabearonce‘s third full length, Late For Nothing, I was actually pretty underwhelmed by what I heard. “Thunder Chunky” was the first song that they unveiled from the new release and it seemed, especially when compared to the band’s older inflammatory material. The once devil may care talented group of young musicians have grown up and gained a large amount of experience in the metal industry; and as with any growth it causes a shift in their sound. Iwrestledabearonce have actually grown exponentially as songwriters – the disparate elements that comprise their songs are now more cohesive than ever, coalescing into something that feels more like a finished product than perhaps their previous work.

This is also the first album without their founding frontwoman Krysta Cameron, who was an incredible presence in the band and a fantastic vocalist. She has been replaced by Courtney LaPlante, who is herself, a very capable vocalist, but unfortunately seems to be reluctant to explore her own unique potential, instead striving to sound too much like Cameron and to “fit in” as it were.

Unfortunately, the two songs that were released after, did little to whet my appetite or excite me for the album, and I’d just about given up hope. However, over at Loudwire, Late For Nothing is now streaming in its entirety and I have to say that my opinion on the album has changed dramatically now that I’ve been able to absorb it as a complete experience. Late For Nothing may not be as haphazard or out of control as their previous work, but it is surprisingly not to their detriment as they manage to craft some of the most satisfying melodies of their career, as well as devastatingly heavy sections that crush the rest of their discography into dust.

LaPlante may currently be too busy hiding in the shadows of Cameron’s departure, but she serves the band well here, even if she is only turning in a “faux-previous vocalist” performance. Here’s hoping that she grows into the band for their next release and that she strikes out to craft her own unique styles and vocal patterns.

Guitarist and lead songwriter Stephen Bradley had this to say about the new album:

“The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different. We didn’t want to make another weird IWABO album or whatever people were expecting. We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released. It’s a more evolved version of the band. We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.”

Overall, despite some setbacks, I’m very happy to report that Iwrestledabearonce are a band that seem to be evolving in a very positive manner, whilst still maintaining the sheer kinetic energy and dedication to not taking themselves seriously that helped propel them forward in the scene. Check out the album and let us know your thoughts. Watch out for “Snake Charmer“, possibly the heaviest and most destructive track in their entire ouevre – it’ll sneak up on you!

What do you guys think? Are you a fan of Iwrestledabearonce? How does this new album compare to their previous releases for you? Has Late For Nothing converted you non-fans out there? Favourite parts? Weakest parts? Sound off in the comments!

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