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In anticipation of forthcoming album, "Late For Nothing," IWrestledABearOnce has debuted the first new song, “Thunder Chunky,” today at ArtistDirect.com. Check it out here or in the player below.
The band’s third studio album will be released on August 6th via Century Media Records. “Thunder Chunky” is IWABO’s first released song with new queen of scream Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band last summer during the Vans Warped Tour.
"Thunder Chunky is the first track on Late For Nothing and also serves as the perfect bridge between our last album and this one,” says guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley. “It combines a lot of different heavier styles, but always finds its way back to the chorus melody that creeps in during the song's intro. It's also a great way for people to hear Courtney for the first time, since it shows off a lot of her amazing vocal range in both the singing and screaming departments. We hope that everybody enjoys it, and we can't wait to show you even more songs off of our most diverse album to date!" More...
IWrestledABearOnce will release third studio album, "Late For Nothing," on August 6th via Century Media Records.
"Late For Nothing" was self-produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles. It also marks IWABO’s first record with fiery new singer Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.
Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar/programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with "Late For Nothing."
"The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different," affirms Bradley. "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." More...
The 2013 All Stars Tour will feature Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray From The Path, Volumes (July 26 - Aug 11), Capture the Crown, IWrestledABearOnce, For All Those Sleeping, Structures (July 19 - 25 & Aug 12 - 17), Ice Nine Kills, and Dayshell. The dates for the tour have now been revealed and are as follows:
7/19 - Long Island, NY @ The Paramount
7/20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NO SFTP)
7/21 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall (NO SFTP)
7/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
7/23 - Toledo, OH @ Rocket Bar
7/24 - Chicago, IL @ Toyota Park
7/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
7/26 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/27 - Denver, CO @ Summit
7/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (NO TERROR)
7/30 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
8/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
8/03 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
8/04 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
8/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
8/08 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
8/09 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
8/10 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
8/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/13 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
8/14 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/15 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/16 - Reading, PA @ The Reverb
8/17 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster More...
IWrestledABearOnce has announced the band is almost finished with tracking a forthcoming third studio album, which is due out later this year.
“Well damn! After another two years of non-stop touring, some unexpected twists, and getting to visit some new and amazing places, we're finally back in the studio working on full length number three!,” says guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley. “I've 100% NEVER been this excited about an IWABO album, because it feels like we've finally reigned in "our sound" even further and really hit a stride in terms of songwriting. We've always admired bands like Deftones, Cynic, Thrice, Glassjaw, Mr. Bungle, Dredg, Cephalic Carnage, The Mars Volta, etc because they've never made the same album twice, and aren't scared to keep evolving while still maintaining their signature styles. Obviously I'd never compare us to the greatness of those bands, but, in keeping with that mentality, we've progressed a bit more and put together our best collection of songs so far.
Bradley, who is producing, engineering, mixing and mastering the album himself adds, “the heavy parts are heavier and more interesting, the choruses are stronger, and the 'weird twists' that people have come to expect in our music are way more thought-out than in the past and definitely hit harder than ever. Long story short - we're very excited about getting this album finished and released, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for listening, and keep in touch with us on our facebook/twitter/etc where we will be posting frequent updates!”
IWABO’s upcoming album will also be the debut of the band’s new scream/sing queen Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a 24 hour notice in between shows on a run with the Warped Tour in 2012.
“Since the day I joined this band, I've been anticipating this album!” says LaPlante. “I was pushed to the limit creatively and technically, and I've never been more proud of myself or my bandmates. We've been through alot this year, and this is the pay-off; the result of our experiences. Most importantly, I think IWABO fans both old and new will really enjoy these songs, and we can't wait to play them live for you this summer!”
The third annual installment of the AllStars Tour is taking shape for this summer, and Buffalo's Every Time I Die will be this year's headliner (the abnd's final run in support of the "Ex Lives" album).
The tour will also feature Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray From The Path, Capture The Crown, IwrestledABearOnce, For All Those Sleeping, and DayShell. Structures, Volumes, and other bands TBA will also be performing in select markets.
Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley (vocals) states: “We've always put a lot of effort into making this band work and when we perform we do so at the highest level of intensity, so to finally be deemed an 'AllStar' is a dream come true. I plan on relaxing in a hot tub with Wade Boggs or smoking huge cigars with Ronnie Harmon talking about our visits to Hollywood. Those are just some casual things us AllStars do when we're not giving 110%. But that's rare. This tour has a solid line-up and we're excited to be a part of it. See you all this summer.”
IWrestledABearOnce has released a music video for the track "Button It Up," but in order to access the video, fans must choose the correct path on the clip's "Choose Your Own Destiny" unlock.
Upon receiving a VHS tape containing the unseen music video for "Button It Up," guitarist Steven Bradley is kidnapped by a psychotic IWABO fan before he can make his way back to the band house to view the video.
Follow the video below to pick the two band members you want to follow, see them save Steven and watch the video! (Or choose the wrong path to see the gruesome death of Steven Bradley and the demise of IWrestledABearOnce). More...
The Century Family and the Keep A Breast Foundation have teamed up to launch a Halloween sale. Throughout the entire month of October, thirteen albums under The Century Family's umbrella will be for sale right here. For every album sold, The Century Family will donate $0.50 to the Keep A Breast Foundation to support their cause against breast cancer. Below is the list of albums involved in the sale:
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - "TAO Of The Dead"
Arch Enemy - "Khaos Legions"
Blaqk Audio - "Bright Black Heaven"
Fozzy - "Sin And Bones"
In This Moment - "Blood"
Iwrestledabearonce - "Ruining It For Everybody"
Lacuna Coil - "Dark Adrenaline"
Matt Skiba & The Sekrets - "Babylon"
Otherwise - "True Love Never Dies"
Rise To Remain - "City Of Vultures"
Suicide Silence - "Black Crown"
The Agonist - "Prisoners"
Vampires Everywhere! - "Hellbound & Heartless"
In addition to having select albums on sale, The Century Family also has a limited number of t-shirts available via CM Distro. 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation.
For many of the artists participating, they are not only supporting a good cause, but supporting something close to them. The Keep A Breast Foundation has posted videos of those artists talking about their personal experiences with breast cancer or cancer in general.
And now a relevant photo of Maria Brink from In This Moment: More...
IWrestledABearOnce will take a small detour from the upcoming "Ruining Earth for Everybody" tour for the premiere of the band's debut theatrical release, "A Beary Scary Movie." The band will debut the horror film on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at Laemmle's Noho 7 Theater in North Hollywood, CA.
Free and open to the public, IWrestledABearOnce will be present for the movie screening and will meet fans and answer questions. Seating is limited, so fans should be sure to get there early if they want to get good seats and speak with the band. The movie starts at 10:00 PM sharp, doors open at 9:30 PM.
Following the Los Angeles premiere, "A Beary Scary Movie" will be shown in Greensboro, NC on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at the Carmike 18 Theater. The event begins at 8:00 PM and in addition to the screening, the band will be doing a meet and greet with fans. Advance tickets are available for $10 here, and will be $12 the day of the event. More...
It's been over year since IWrestledABearOnce announced the band would be releasing "A Beary Scary Movie," a feature film starring none other than the members themselves. "A Beary Scary Movie" is now scheduled for release on November 6th, 2012.
IWrestledABearonce has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to premiere the official trailer for the film, which can be viewed right here or in the player below.
"A Beary Scary Movie" was written and directed by Justin Beasley of KOTK Productions and features the musical stylings and acting debut of IWrestledABearOnce. The horror-comedy follows the tale of Shreddy - the deranged guitarist from legendary 80's hair metal band White Vulture - who comes straight from hell murdering bands one by one by hacking them to pieces. Now it's up to Steven, Mikey, John, Krysta and Ricky to make it out alive. The film also features a cast including M. Shawn Clown Crahan, Larry Parks, John Dillion, Phillip Wright, Jim Babel, Charlie Huffman and Kelly Keodara, with a special appearance by Jake Busey. More...
Chicago deathcore act Oceano is gearing up for a European tour with Louisiana metallers IWrestledABearOnce. The "Ruining Earth For Everybody" tour kicks off this Friday, September 7th in Karlsruhe, Germany, and also features Vanna and For All Those Sleeping. The tour will be Oceano's second ever visit to Europe. Oceano frontman Adam Warren comments:
"Almost a month following our 'comeback', we got an amazing call. It was the offer for Oceano to tour with IWABO. Of course, we immediately said yes, still not knowing we'd be graced with doing TWO back-to-back tours in two months with them. Upon finding this out, we all simultaneously vomited and shit our pants in pure excitement! It was a full body explosion from almost every orifice.
"Aside from my gratuitous bodily fluid references, I (along with the other members of Oceano) have loved the IWABO folks since we first met and toured with them oh so long ago on our first European tour (Never Say Die). A solid mutual respect and friendship was formed and we are really excited to be reunited with plenty of time to get stupid with each other.
"We were also very stoked to find out our very close partners in PARTY and friends, Within The Ruins will be joining us on the US side of touring with IWABO. This is going to be a long but unforgettable fun couple of months for everyone! See you all soon!"
See Oceano on tour in Europe at the following shows: More...
After this summer's Van's Warped Tour and at Heavy MTL this past weekend, IWrestledABearOnce has announced the North American leg of the "Ruining Earth For Everybody" tour. The band will be out this October with new vocalist Courtney LaPlante with support from Oceano, Vanna, Within The Ruins, The Plot In You, and Surrounded By Monsters.
A full list of North American dates for the "Ruining Earth For Everybody" Tour can be seen below. For additional information on the tour and VIP tickets, visit this location.
10.05.12 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
10.06.12 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10.07.12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10.09.12 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
10.10.12 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10.11.12 Mcallen, TX @ Geo's Music Venue
10.12.12 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10.13.12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
10.15.12 St. Louis, MO @ Fu Bar
10.16.12 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
10.17.12 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10.18.12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10.19.12 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
10.20.12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10.21.12 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10.22.12 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10.24.12 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10.25.12 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
10.26.12 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10.27.12 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10.28.12 Springfield, VA @ Empire
10.29.12 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
10.31.12 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
11.01.12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11.02.12 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
11.03.12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11.04.12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11.05.12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11.06.12 Boise, ID @ The Venue
11.08.12 Spokane, WA @ A Club
11.09.12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11.10.12 Portland, OR @ Branx
Montreal Metal Shows has uploaded footage of IWrestledABearOnce performing live on the Vans Warped Tour with new vocalist Courtney LaPlante. Check out footage of the songs "Danger In The Manger" and "You Know That Ain't Them Dogs' Real Voices" in the YouTube clips available below.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights Oceano have confirmed a European tour with Louisiana metallers IWrestledABearOnce. The "Ruining Earth For Everybody" European tour is due to stop in eleven countries, kicking off on September 7th in Karlsruhe, Germany. Also on the bill are Vanna and For All Those Sleeping.
See Oceano on tour in Europe at the following shows:
Sep. 07 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Stadtmitte
Sep. 08 - Brugges, Belgium - JH Comma
Sep. 09 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy 2
Sep. 10 - Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy 2
Sep. 11 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
Sep. 12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Sep. 13 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
Sep. 14 - London, UK - The Garage
Sep. 15 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Sep. 16 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
Sep. 17 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Sep. 18 - Oslo, Norway - Sub Scene
Sep. 19 - Stockholm, Sweden - Göta Källare
Sep. 21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Beta
Sep. 22 - Berlin, Germany - K17
Sep. 23 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Sep. 24 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
Sep. 25 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Randal
Sep. 26 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Sep. 27 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
Sep. 28 - Aarau, Switzerland - Kiff
Sep. 29 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix More...
IWrestledABearOnce is on the full Vans Warped Tour this summer performing on the Ernie Ball Stage. Fans attending the festival will notice something unfamiliar on stage: the band performing with a different vocalist. To cast all rumors and speculation aside, guitarist Steven Bradley has issued the following statement:
"So here it is... complete transparency. A press release written by me (Steven, original IWABO guitarist) with the truth on what's going down.
"The day before our Warped Tour show in Dallas, TX we had a day off in the DFW area. Krysta lives there now, so she went home to relax and do some laundry. The next day, we received word from her minutes before our set that she discovered she and her fiancé are expecting a kid and she would not be returning to finish Warped Tour with us. Obviously this is an insane curveball for everybody, but in typical IWABO fashion we will press on. And no matter what happens, Krysta has been our best friend for years and we want her to be happy.
"So what the fuck is the plan then, you ask? Well on literally a few minutes notice, our friend Courtney LaPlante flew her ass down to meet up with us today so that won't miss a single show of this tour. Courtney is a beast in both the singing and screaming departments and is also an incredibly awesome person. We wouldn't tarnish the years of work that we've put into this band by having somebody half-ass it on stage with us, so please come to a show and give her a high-five and make her feel welcome for doing us this huge favor. It makes it feel even better and more natural since she has been a long-term fan of our band and already knows the material.
"So long story short; Fear not friends and Bear Fuckers... We will continue to play Warped Tour and we hope that you will continue to support us. Getting to play for and talk to so many of you on a daily basis is honestly what we live for, and we will definitely continue with our plan to high-five everybody on Earth. We will update you with more info soon, including some new tour dates and info on our recently-finished full-length horror/comedy/whatever film A Beary Scary Movie!
"And finally, thank you so much to everybody who has been so supportive of us for all these years and we hope to see you again soon!"
IWrestledABearOnce just played the band's first ever shows in Guadalajara and Mexico City and received an overwhelming response from fans. To highlight the dates, the band has released a performance video for the track "I'm Gonna Shoot," taken off the new album "Ruining It For Everybody." The footage used in the video is taken from the recent sold out dates in Mexico. Check out the clip below.
IWrestledABearOnce will be performing on the Ernie Ball Stage on the full Vans Warped Tour. Following the Warped dates, the band will play Canadian festival Heavy MTL in Montreal, Canada. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...
Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.
"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."
Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.
A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...
The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Saturday August 11th
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
VEIL OF MAYA
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of IWrestledABearOnce live at the "I'm In A Boat Festival" in California on Saturday March 10th. Check out the clip below, where fans attempted to rush the crowded stage before security and venue production shut the show down. The mayhem begins around the 4:30 mark.
The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14 has announced the line-up for all three days of the event, which will occur from April 20-22nd at the Worcester Palladium. This is the longest running festival in the U.S., and the acts scheduled for each of the days follow below. More acts are being confirmed for this 14th annual festival as we speak. For ticket information head over to the festival's website.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20th:
The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
All Shall Perish
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...
Canadian metal/hardcore band Obey The Brave will make its U.S. debut at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 20th.
The new band features former members of Century Media recording artists Despised Icon and Mediaskare's Blind Witness.
"Some of my favorite touring memories took place at the Palladium," said vocalist Alex Erian. "So stoked to be back and can't wait to play Obey The Braves' first US show ever at the NEMHF. Shit's about to get real, fellas."
Obey The Brave is managed by Good Fight Entertainment and is now working on its debut album for a label to be announced.
The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. More...