It's All Happening

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For the 1963 film, see It's All Happening (film).
It's All Happening
Studio album by Iwrestledabearonce
Released June 2, 2009
Genre Experimental metal, metalcore, mathcore
Length 33:20
Label Century Media
Iwrestledabearonce chronology
Iwrestledabearonce EP
(2007)
It's All Happening
(2009)
It's All Remixed
(2010)
Singles from It's All Happening
  1. "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon"
    Released: May 14, 2008[1]
  2. "You Ain't No Family"
    Released: June 10, 2009[2]

It's All Happening is the debut full-length album by Iwrestledabearonce. It was released on June 2, 2009 through Century Media Records.

Background[edit]

Iwrestledabearonce wrote and recorded It's All Happening within the course of 2008 through 2009 upon their signing to Century Media. Upon its release on June 2, 2009, it sold 4,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 121 on The Billboard 200 chart. The album landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.[3][4]

On June 29, 2010, the band re-released It's All Happening as a 3-disc special edition that includes the regular album, a remix album entitled "It's All Remixed!", and a DVD.[5] This special edition also includes song stems to allow fans to create their own remixes.

Several songs have titles related to various cartoons. The song title "I'm Cold And There Are Wolves After Me" is a quote from The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare", the second episode from their fifth season.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 1.5/5 stars[6]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10[8]
MetalSucks 4/5 stars[9]
PopMatters (7/10)[10]

The album generally received mixed to positive reviews. Ultimate Guitar commented by saying "Iwrestledabearonce are one of the strangest yet most unique bands out there today, and It's All Happening displays their style superbly. There are also random things thrown into songs, whether it's the famous 'Dixie' carhorn from The Dukes of Hazzard or the hillbilly sounding section in 'You Ain't No Family'. Besides their obvious random and strange sections, other sections display superior musicianship showing their ability to flawlessly change styles and switch sections."[11] However, Phil Freeman of Allmusic commented on the album, stating "The band's grindcore parts are precise and mechanistic, but indistinguishable from those of 100 or more other bands; it's only when they leap into an electro-disco interlude, or start going jazz-prog for no reason, that one's attention is piqued, and even then it's not necessarily a good thing."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "You Ain't No Family"   3:46
2. "White Water in the Morning"   3:51
3. "Danger in the Manger"   2:20
4. "I'm Cold and There Are Wolves After Me"   2:59
5. "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon"   3:20
6. "The Cat's Pajamas"   3:23
7. "Pazuzu for the Win"   4:01
8. "Black-Eyed Bush"   2:28
9. "Eli Cash vs. the Godless Savages"   3:56
10. "See You in Shell"   3:22
Total length:
33:20

Personnel[edit]

Iwrestledabearonce
  • Steven Bradley – guitars, keyboards, samples
  • Dave Branch – bass
  • Krysta Cameron – vocals
  • John Ganey – guitars, keyboards, samples
  • Mikey Montgomery – drums, backing vocals
Production
  • Programming by John Ganey and Steven Bradley
  • Artwork by Sons of Nero

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 122
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iwrestledabearonce Tastes Like Kevin Bacon (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Iwrestledabearonce You Ain't No Family (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "IWRESTLEDABEARONCE's 'It's All Happening' Lands On BILLBOARD Chart". BlabberMouth. 
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/303957/iwrestledabearonce/chart
  5. ^ Iwrestledabearonce: Three-Disc Deluxe 'It's All Happening' CD Reissue Out Now blabbermouth.net. 2010-06-30. Retrieved on 2010-07-20.
  6. ^ Jay H. Gorania. "Review of It's All Happening by Iwrestledabearonce - About.com". About.comurl=http://heavymetal.about.com/od/i/fr/iwrestledabearonce-itsallhappening.htm. 
  7. ^ a b Freeman, Phil. "It's All Happening: Iwrestledabearonce". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  8. ^ Daniel Cairns. "CoC : Iwrestledabearonce - It's All Happening : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Axl Rosenberg. "Better Late Than Never: Axl Reviews IWABO’s It’s All Happening | MetalSucks". MetalSucks. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Begrand, Adrien (May 20, 2009). "It's All Happening review". PopMatters. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ It's All Happening at UltimateGuitar