Sound: Iwrestledabearonce have always been an interesting band. They take the good old-fashioned Grindcore recipe and mix in herbs and spices of Electronica, Funk, and Jazz while adding a heavy dose of fun. Between face-melting guitar riffs, heavy breakdowns, mellow interludes full of singer/screamer Krysta Cameron's beautifully soothing vocals, wonderous samples, and ripping yet soothing synthesizers there really is something for everyone. They can go from a monsterously heavy breakdown into a relaxing ballad. But you ask, "Can they pull off? Can they include so many different styles and influences and still keep it relevant? Keep it fresh?" And my answer to you is not only can they pull it off, they pull it off extremely well. No matter where a song goes, whether it's from a blast beat to an interlude, or a breakdown into to something quite like jazzercise music, they can keep the song flowing without any sharp turns. The only thing wrong with this is while the CD it can start to become somewhat boring and a tad irritating. Fortunately, the album is only about a half hour long, so it doesn't drag out very long. // 9
Lyrics: Krysta has quite a unique range as far has her voice goes. She can screech franticly high screamss and savagely growl, but she also has a beautifully sounding set of pipes that could soothe, well, a bear. Especially during the softer parts of the album, her voice stands out the most. The lyrics are, for the most part, quite random. In "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon" Krysta screams "We bow our heads over and over and over again off with her head when will it end?." Other lyrics are quite, for lack of a better word, melancholy and just written for fun. // 8
Overall Impression: Iwrestledabearonce are one of the strangest yet most unique bands out there today, and "It's All Happening" displays their style superbly. There are also random things thrown into songs, whether it's the famous "Dixie" carhorn from The Dukes of Hazzard or the hillbilly sounding section in You Ain't No Family. Besides their obvious random and strange sections, other sections display superior musicianship showing their ability to flawlessly change styles and switch sections. Overall this is a fun album for fans of Grindcore or just music in general that has so many good things about it that they outweigh the cd's minor flaws.
01.You Ain't No Family
02.Tastes Like Kevin Bacon
03.The Cat's Pajamas
04.Pazuzu For The Win // 8