Tuesday, May 17, 2011

iwrestledabearonce sets the internet a flame by going blackmetal.

In a stunning move today iwrestledabearonce announced they are “going blackmetal" via a press release. Their switch in genres was also announced with a new photo album on their Facebook page called “blackmetal revolution” with many images of the band looking quite grim and kvlt. They also switched to a more extreme looking logo with an upside down cross in it. Following this move it seems the entire metal internet community has erupted with reactions to the controversy with their fan base being confused and die-hard blackmetal fans full of righteous outrage. The band explains:

"We were sick of getting lumped in with 'scene' and 'whatever-core' bands, so we decided to embrace our roots and just go straight black metal on the new album," says guitarist Steven Bradley. "I'd say 90 percent of the new record is straight-up black metal, so we had to change our image to match... Because, of course, that's just as important, if not more so, than the music."

In another interview Guitarist Steven Bradley told Alternative Press:

"In terms of [a] heavier style of music, we don't really know how to do anything other than ADD heavy music with random whatever parts thrown in. If people enjoyed the last full-length, they would, I assume, enjoy this one. It's the same style, but taken in each direction further — it's got the heaviest stuff we've ever done and also has the catchiest stuff we've ever done and then weird stuff. I never know how to describe our music.

"Not that we’re METALLICA, but we have our little style of music that we always seem to write," he continued. "I don't know; I feel like it might not be the best thing alive, but I definitely feel like we have our own style of putting things together, so I don't know that we'll ever stray too far from that, I suppose."

He added, "We know what we like — and whether we want to or not, [we] have a certain way that we seem to always do things. There’s] not a pre-decided structure or anything, but you can pretty much always count on having some heavy stuff, some softer, epic stuff and some random jazz or weird things thrown in. If people are down for that, then they should be down for this."

I have heard some of the bands' new opus and I can assure you it will not be “90% blackmetal. You can read a live review I wrote of the bands' most recent tour here, complete with the performance of one of their new tracks. This is a great gag on the public by one of the best (and clearly smartest) young bands in the game and in the processes they have made fun of themselves, their scene and and a bunch of overreacting idiots in one fell swoop. Pretty clever marketing if you ask me.

iwrestledabearonce's new album is due this summer via Century Media Records. In the meantime you can catch them on The All-Star tour.

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