Review Summary: It's better than Attack Attack! That much is certain.13 of 19 thought this review was well written
Caleb Shomo is pretty much a household name for many fangirls and metalcore/post-hardcore fans. Most notably being the keyboardist for possibly one of the most hated bands of all time "Attack Attack" After numerous lineup changes he became the lead vocalist. After a few years, he left and created "Beartooth."
The main question to be answered here is "What does it sound like?" The simple answer is that "Sick" is basically a continuation of the last "Attack Attack" album. Only a little heavier and much, much more catchy. Focusing on lyrical themes such as alcoholism and religion it's safe to say that Shomo has grown quite a bit since his "Attack Attack" days.
Don't be misguided, this is metalcore. The musicianship isn't all that great. Quite a few chugs and and above average breakdowns. Although, there are some memorable riffs to be found here you aren't going to be all that impressed overall. The songs have meaning and purpose and quite a bit of replay value.
Shomo has a great vocal style. He stands out from the countless other vocalists in this increasingly boring genre. His screams are very raw sounding and his cleans are fun to listen to. Although at times, you can get sick of the fact that he only has one type of scream (A mid range type of yell). I have a feeling that his vocals are going to be the determining factor for many on if they like this or not.
Now before you go thinking that this EP is absolutely fantastic, be warned: You've heard it all before. This is not a groundbreaking release at all. It's basically a better version of that last "Attack Attack' album. That being said, it's short and enjoyable. I guess we'll just have to wait for a new release to see if "Beartooth" is going to mature at all and do something new in this dying whatever-core genre.