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Iwrestledabearonce Wrestling with Black Metal?


Genre-bending metallers Iwrestledabearonce have made a bizarre but clever announcement about the band's "new musical direction"... I'm putting quotes around that phrase because I'm not totally buying it, but you gotta admit it's an awesome stunt: the band has declared that their forthcoming album will be their first venture into pure black metal, and the latest photo shoot portrays them in full corpse paint and wielding medieval weaponry. They've even created a completely unreadable logo, in the finest black metal tradition. Hit the jump and help me figure out what the hell's going on...

IWABO are already known for their skewed sense of humor – the band's name is based on a quote from Gary Busey, and their top single is called "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon" – so this little scheme really isn't too surprising. Still, they went through a lot of effort, so I gotta give 'em the horns for that. They also tend to inject basic metalcore with musical styles from all over the map (including jazz, electro-metal and dubstep), so this may be just another bizarre experiment... who knows?

"We were sick of getting lumped in with ‘scene' and ‘whatever-core' bands," says guitarist Steven Bradley, "so we decided to embrace our roots and just go straight black metal on the new album. 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."

I guess we'll know who's right when the band releases the first single from their still-untitled album at on Thursday.