Iwrestledabearonce is an American heavy metal band formed in 2007 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and currently based in Birmingham, Alabama. They have released one EP and two full-length albums, and have toured with acts such as August Burns Red, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dance Gavin Dance, The Human Abstract, Blessthefall, Fact, Greeley Estates, Sea of Treachery, Enter Shikari, Winds of Plague, All Shall Perish, Vanna andHorse the Band.
Although Iwrestledabearonce is generally categorized as metalcore,avant-garde metal and grindcore, the band’s music is considered as diverse, due to their use of frequent genre changes within songs, varying between jazz,progressive metal,electro,synthpop, and even hillbilly music.
The band attempts to evade categorisation so significantly that they focus on spastically blending as many genres as possible. Their song structures are known for chaotic changes in pace, varying between blast beats, breakdowns and then constrasted rapidly by melodic, “lounged-out” interludes in the middle of their songs. Influences for their musical style have come from a wide variety of bands including The Dillinger Escape Plan, Radiohead and Björk. Björk, particularly, is noted as being an inspiration for Krysta Cameron’s sung vocals.