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Below is our complete IWrestledABearOnce news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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AllStars 2013 Lineup Announced

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.”

Stay tuned to the tour's Facebook profile for more updates. More...

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IWABO Posts Choose Your Own Adventure Video

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...

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Century Media Announces "Keep A Breast" Sale

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...

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces Movie Premieres

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...

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IWrestledABearOnce To Release Movie

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...

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Oceano Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

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...

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces North American Shows

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

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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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