Iwrestledabearonce Hail Mary on Limited Edition Colored 2LP
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When it came time to record their fourth full length album and first for Artery Recordings, Hail Mary, Iwrestledabearonce all agreed on one thing. So, what was the great unifier in this case for musicians Steven Bradley [guitar], Courtney LaPlante [vocals], Mike Stringer [guitar], Mikey Montgomery [drums], and Mike "Rickshaw" Martin [bass]?
"We wanted to write some straight-up heavy, crazy, gnarly music this time," declares Steven. "We basically decided to just shit on everything people might be expecting and do something ‘weird' for us AKA take things in a darker direction and write some music that explores even more heavy/technical genres than in the past."
"On this album, we all had a clear goal to push ourselves both creatively and technically," LaPlante agrees. "My lyrics and performance had to mirror the music. I had to push passed my self-created boundaries, and as Steven so eloquently put it, ‘Get gnarly.' The only pressure I felt was from myself. Since I joined the band, I've grown as a vocalist and lyricist, and now is my time to prove it."
With that mindset, the quintet retreated to Steven's studio in suburban Los Angeles to cut the 14 tracks comprising Hail Mary. 2013's Late for Nothing introduced Courtney behind the mic, boasted a guest spot from guitar god Steve Vai on "Carnage Asada," and scored acclaim from the likes of Ultimate Guitar, MetalSucks, Kerrang!, and Revolver. However, this new collective goal encouraged the members to truly gel on album number four.
"The last time we were writing, I had just joined the band, and I was a bit isolated at home for the beginning of the process," recalls Courtney. "I didn't hit my stride creatively until I got down to Los Angeles with the guys. This time, I was there for every single moment. I was engrossed in it. Together, we watched little ideas bloom into what Hail Mary is now."