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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE-Hail Mary

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by Joshmetal Figueroa

 

iwabo2There are not many adjectives to describe iwrestledabearonce (from this point on, will be shortened to iwabo). Some consider them metalcore, deathcore and even avant-garde metal or mathcore (mathcore are bands who use unusual time signatures). While I try not to generalize bands in genres as music is simply music. Some bands have to be categorized and iwabo is certainly one of them.

iwabo’s earlier albums were highly tongue in cheek with songs such as, “Tastes like Kevin Bacon” and “I’m Cold and There Are Wolves After Me.” While listening, it was seriously like they threw every musical influence at the wall to see what stuck. They are a band you either love or do not understand whatsoever. I have loved them from the start. I am especially optimistic with their new album, “Hail Mary.”

 

 

iwaboAfter original lead vocalist, Krysta Cameron, left in the middle of Warped Tour in 2012 because she was pregnant, iwabo brought in Courtney LaPlante. Both girls have vicious growls, banshee screams and heavenly vocals. It seems on, “Hail Mary” iwabo have a more “serious” sound and it showcases the band at its best. While the new shift in sound may come from Courtney’s vocals or maybe iwabo is growing up. You still hear the unusual guitar sounds and general iwabo insanity, yet “Hail Mary” seems to have a tighter sound than previous albums, they also showcase a more adult and dark tone. Even the song titles do not have the familiar the iwabo sense of humor, the first track is titled, “Gift of Death” which is my favorite track off the album. My other favorites are, “Green Eyes” and “Your God is Too Small” which has Courtney using some of her lovely clean vocals.

As I have stated, iwabo is a different type of band. You either love them or do not understand what is going on. They bring you on an insane audio trip and I love the ride.

 

Josh

 

Joshmetal Figueroa, a Metal connoisseur, searches the galaxies, ferreting out the best Metal you may not have heard before. A New Jersey native, he left the button down world to travel through time and space, returning only long enough to share his discoveries.

 

 

 

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YOUNG BENJAMINS-Less Argue

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Once every now and again, I hear a band that truly impresses me with their music. Out of Saskatoon,  Young Benjamins have not only impressed, but have excited and elated as well. As the follow up to their 2012 Ep, Bones, their album Less Argue was recently released on Dollartone Records. Recorded at Avenue Recording Studios in Saskatoon and mixed in Athens, Ga by John Keane, of R.E.M. fame, this blend of folk, alternative rock, pop and blues results in an exceptionally well crafted album.

yb1The Colonial Pt.1” incorporates tribal drumming, crisp, clean, subtle guitar riffs, and some very eclectic vocals by Vaero Poulin. “Out There (In The Wild)” is an up tempo song, with a country-blues sentiment. The strong vocals by Neusha Mofazzali are wonderfully set outside the instrumentation. The violin creates and maintains the mood for this song. “Jasper, AB” contains military drumming, great transitions, a catchy hook and violin, used to settle the heavy rhythm section. In “Move, Move“, the violin again plays a major role by creating not just feelings, but layers and texture within the song.”Young Argument” with its heavy drumming allows the vocals to be centre stage, while “Less Argue” , has great harmonies and melody lines that are framed by violin and keyboards. “Green Eyes“, at less than one minute long, is a wonderfully simple folk song with acoustic guitar, a catchy melody and strong harmonies. The vocal styling of “Oh Marie“, puts the emphasis on the melody, lyric and voice. The song has great drum rolls and  melancholic violin. Something here makes me think of Great Big Sea. Could this be the the new Canadiana? “The Solace“,  an instrumental, is melodic and soothing with its incredible violin. What a beautiful piece of music! The best track on the album, “Common Thief“, opens with classic rock drums that are quickly quieted by the violin. There are great drum shots and wonderfully played guitar scales integrated into the song. This is as much rock as these guys will muster. The echo effect on the female vocal halfway through the song creates an almost angelic sensation. There are several changes in tempo and time signature and a great ending. “The Colonial Pt 2” brings closure to the album. It plays as a more up tempo adjunct to “The Colonial Pt. 1”, as if the message is complete. It is a happier tune, perhaps providing closure for the band as well. Have I been listening to a concept album?yb

Young Benjamins have a unique style and a unique approach to songwriting. They have the ability to use music to create mood and conjure images. . There is a middle-eastern influence throughout that integrates so well. These guys are incredibly talented. They can write and play, and they have a great feel for their music. One of the most uniquely creative bands I have heard! If you’ve ever wondered why Burton Cummings was ‘Runnin’ Back To Saskatoon”, the answer could very well be to hear bands like Young Benjamins.”Less Argue” is full of life and it is fun!  This is clearly the band’s album, the album that they wanted to make. Add this to your must have list.

To hear Young Benjamins, click on this link:

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