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IWrestledABearOnce Live Footage Available

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.


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Oceano Announces European Tour

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...

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces Fill-In Vocalist

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!"

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IWrestledABearOnce Posts Live Video

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...

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Emmure Added To NEMH Festival Lineup

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...

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Heavy MTL Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

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


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IWrestledABearOnce Fans Rush Stage

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.

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N.E. Metal And Hardcore Festival Announces Line Up

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.


The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
All Shall Perish
Fleshgod Apocalypse
First Blood
Molotov Solution
The Contortionist
Reign Supreme
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...

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Obey The Brave To Play NEMHF 2012

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...

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Dragonforce To Kick Off U.S. Tour At NEMHF

Dragonforce announced that the band will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.

The new Dragonforce record "The Power Within" is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.

The full lineup for the Saturday portion of the festival is as follows:

All That Remains
Protest the Hero
Suidakra More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Added To Warped Tour

Another handful of acts playing Vans Warped Tour 2012 has just been announced and IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will be on the full tour from June 16th - August 6th.

"After how much fun we had in 2010, we're beyond stoked to head out on Warped again!" says guitarist Steven Bradley. "Warped crowds are amazing and doing signings every day and meeting everybody rules. Cannot wait!" IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will join Chelsea Grin, Memphis May Fire, Senses Fail, Sleeping with Sires, and a number of other artists that will be revealed shortly.

Prior to the Vans Warped Tour dates, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will be heading out with Molotov Solution, Glass Cloud and The Greenery for the "Road To Metal Fest" tour leading up to and following their appearance on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 21. More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces Headlining Tour

Having spent the better half of the last year on the road supporting acts such as Of Mice and Men and As I Lay Dying, IWrestledABearOnce is proud to announce a headlining U.S. tour, the "Road To Metal Fest," presented by Merch Now.

Kicking off on April 16th in Oklahoma City, OK the string of dates will lead into New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 21st and continue on until wrapping up in Flagstaff, AZ on May 1st. Alongside IWrestledABearOnce, the "Road To Metal Fest" tour features Molotov Solution, Glass Cloud, and The Greenery.

"We're super excited about this tour and the opportunity to play New England Metal and Hardcore Fest again!" Says IWrestledABearOnce guitarist Steven Bradley. "A lot of these shows are in venues we missed in 2011, so can't wait to party with all you folks for the first time in a while. Come hang out with us and let's make mistakes!"

Scott Lee, promoter for both the festival and the "Road To Metal Fest" tour adds, "I'm very proud of the line up for this tour and I feel very comfortable that this represents the festival at its core. I'm also excited to get the chance to extend this tour leading up to the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival." For more information on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, visit this location.

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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We Came As Romans Announces European Tour

U.S. metalcore act We Came As Romans has announced a European co-headline run for early 2012 in support of the band's "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" release. The trek with Alesana, IWrestledABearOnce, and Glamour of the Kill has the following dates:

13.01.12 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
14.01.12 Germany Jena @ F-Haus
15.01.12 Germany Aschaffenburg @ Colos Saal
16.01.12 France Paris @ Divan Du monde
17.01.12 France Lyon @ MJC O Totem
18.01.12 Switzerland Zürich @ Abart
19.01.12 Italy Cesena @ Vidia
20.01.12 Austria Wien @ WUK
21.01.12 Germany München @ Backstage
22.01.12 Czech Rep Prague @ Rock Cafe
23.01.12 Germany Berlin @ Columbia Club
24.01.12 Germany Münster @ Sputnikhalle
25.01.12 Germany Hamburg @ Knust
26.01.12 Sweden Malmö @ KB
27.01.12 Sweden Gothenburg @ Brewhouse
28.01.12 Sweden Stockholm @ Klubben
29.01.12 Day Off
30.01.12 Finland Helsinki @ Nosturi
31.01.12 Day Off
01.02.12 Denmark Copenhagen @ The Rock
02.02.12 Holland Amsterdam @ Melkweg
03.02.12 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
04.02.12 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix
05.02.12 UK Cardiff @ CF10
06.02.12 UK Birmingham @ The Library
07.02.12 UK Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
08.02.12 UK Glasgow @ King Tut's
09.02.12 UK Manchester @ Academy 2
10.02.12 UK London @ Electric Ballroom
11.02.12 UK Norwich @ Waterfront
12.02.12 UK Brighton @ Concord 2

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IWrestledABearOnce Posts Tour Footage

IWrestledABearOnce has posted footage online of on-stage and off-stage antics during the "All Stars" tour. You can check out the video clip below.

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Dates Revealed For 2011 "Monster Energy Outbreak"

Monster Energy Drink has released details behind its forthcoming "Outbreak Tour." The United States trek is set to feature performances from headliners Of Mice & Men with support coming from I See Stars, Iwrestledabearonce, That’s Outrageous, For The Fallen Dreams and Abandon All Ships. The dates for the tour, which is currently planned to reach 27 cities, can be found below.

10/26 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/27 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
10/28 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/29 Bakersfield, CA – Dome
10/30 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne
11/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/04 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
11/05 Denver, CO – Summit
11/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s East
11/08 Tulsa, OK – Cains
11/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse
11/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Rocketown
11/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
11/13 Orlando, FL – Firestone
11/15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/16 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
11/17 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/18 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
11/19 Albany, NY – Northern Lights
11/20 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheels
11/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
11/23 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
11/25 Sauget, IL – Pops
11/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
11/27 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
11/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Video Interview Available

Bare Bones Music has posted a new video interview online with IWrestledABearOnce, which was conducted at a recent stop of The All Stars Tour. Check out the clip below.

IWrestledABearOnce is touring in support of the band's new album "Ruining It For Everybody," which was released in July, 2011.

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Emmure Strikes Out At The All Stars Tour

I sadly arrived late for the show and missed all, but seven of the bands playing. Granted, I've never listened to the openers, since the majority of the bands were hardcore; a scene that I'm familiar with, but not a part of. This lead to an incredibly awkward experience, since I was immersing myself in a completely different culture.

After finishing up an upcoming interview with In This Moment, I entered the Congress Theater to watch Iwrestledabearonce. Having been chafed by Krysta Cameron's rabid parakeet screams when I saw the band play with The Dillinger Escape Plan, I was hoping that she may have improved as a vocalist during the past year on tour. Sadly, she's just as annoying as ever in a live setting, while the actual music remains unfocused, disjointed, and truly unfunny. Comedy metal can indeed work and Iwrestledabearonce should quit it with the funny sound effects and instead move on to having the humor come from their lyrics and stage presence. GWAR and Cannabis Corpse manage to be genuinely funny in an over-the-top way without annoying me because they don't bombard me with cheesy sound effects every ten seconds. It's a shame that Iwrestledabearonce still don’t comprehend taste and only make music for their own amusement instead of that of their highly annoyed audience.

In This Moment were up next and I have to say that ITM put on a great show. Maria's voice simply works better in a live setting than it does in the studio and it's a shame that they went from headlining to only playing five songs after only a few short months. Much like my experience with Warbringer and Job For a Cowboy, In This Moment won me over in the live arena. The fact that they put on such a great performance was sadly probably wasted on playing for a hardcore crowd who didn't appreciate their music, since much of the audience had left the venue during their set.

Next up was For Today, who I'd never listened to before, but managed to put on a good show despite being pretty generic modern hardcore. While the band doesn’t break any new ground or do much to stand out, they don't annoy me as much as most contemporary hardcore does. If I were more into the neo post-hardcore scene, I'd probably give the band a few more listens. Still, they're good for what they are and anyone into contemporary hardcore should give them a shot. More...

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Iwrestledabearonce Streaming Whole New Album

Iwrestledabearonce is currently streaming the entire new album "Ruining it For Everybody" through AOL's CD listening party website here. "Ruining it For Everybody" is set for release on July 26th, 2011 through Century Media Records, and the full album stream will be available until Sunday, July 31st.

Iwrestledabearonce is currently touring North America on The All Stars Tour with Emmure, Alesana, Born Of Osiris, and Bless The Fall through August 27th. Following The All Stars Tour, the band will head north for two shows in Alaska.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Next Visible Delicious
2. You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices
3. Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly
4. This Head Music Makes My Eyes Rain
5. It Is “Bro” Isn’t It?
6. Gold Jacket, Green Jacket
7. Break It Down Camacho
8. Stay to the Right
9. I’m Gonna Shoot
10. Karate Nipples
11. Button It Up More...

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Iwrestledabearonce Streaming New Song

Iwrestledabearonce debuted the new song “Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly” on Revolver Magazine’s website today. The song can be heard by heading over here.

The group’s new CD "Ruining It For Everybody" will be released July 26th via Century Media Records. The disc also features the songs “Karate Nipples,” “Next Visible Delicious” and “You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices,” which are available now on iTunes.

Iwrestedlabearonce also recently posted a music video online for the song "You Know That Ain't Them Dogs' Real Voices," which can be heard at this location.

The band is current touring North America on The All Stars Tour with Emmure, Alesana, Born Of Osiris, and Bless The Fall through August 27th. Following The All Stars Tour, the band will head north for two shows in Alaska. Current tour dates are as follows: More...

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