Beartooth
Disgusting


3.5
great

Review

by NoSons USER (22 Reviews)
June 12th, 2014 | 148 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beartooth's debut is a cathartic ball of energy.

What do we know about Beartooth? We know Caleb Shomo fronts the band and we know the band has received front page press rights from about every online music magazine for the past month. Regardless on the implications of genre definitions, give it up to Shomo for debuting a band that has caused this amount of hype. The kid is 21 years old and has shaped a role for himself in the scene. At age 19 he wrote four songs for the Sick EP and played the drums, bass, guitars and vocals. He also mixed, mastered and produced the entire thing to. Now he is back with a couple other musicians for the debut album Disgusting.

One of the most impressive things littered across the 12 songs is the ability of Shomo to write a hook. 'I Have A Problem' is still such a catchy refrain to sing along with. 'Beaten In Lips' has a pop feel laden across its refrain, which adds to the addicting presence of the pounding music. Yes, most of the songs will feature a sung chorus which is a staple for most metalcore projects these days. His voice is not high pitched, annoying or fake. If there is one thing that is perfect across this record, it is Shomo's voice. His delivery accentuates his personality and you can tell he is giving his entire voice into every part. I was waiting to finally hear the end track because of what he said happened in the vocal booth. 'Sick and Disgusting' showcases an emotional Caleb breaking down into tears and forcing out whatever is left for him to let out.

I agree that the instrumentals can become a bit boring stretched out over the 43 minute time span, but there is a high amount of fun plugged into the heavy walls of distortion. 'Dead' is a highlight for me. The song is simple and just beats a hardcore influence out of every blastbeat and breakdown. Every instrument compliments each other and the walk-down progression at the end is a destructive part. 'Body Bag' has a fantastic bridge where the bass is leading the assault and sparks up the fun. Even when the softer sides take over Shomo's reflective refrains, the music maintains a balance of heavy and melodic. Take the transitions from part to part in 'Me In My Own Head.' The guitar movement behind the vocals is definitely worth noticing and produces its own melody. Being able to hear the bass bellow out in this entire LP is something that excites me. The drums are worth noting but never really take over a song. They keep the beatdowns quick and the follow the guitar parts well.

Is this the best album of the year? No. Disgusting is an album packed full with ways to energize and let everything out. This is meant to be a cathartic release, not just for Shomo, but for the listeners as well. The concept of this record was to get a head on straight, to be oneself and to have fun. Beartooth have lived up to that by releasing 12 songs full of visceral vocals, heavy instrumentation and catchy melodies. It is an honest release and surely to spark a huge crowd at Warped Tour this summer.



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PoisonCupcakes (2.5)
"This is for the kids, with the beaten in lips"...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
NoSons
June 12th 2014


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought I would take this album on with a review.

krthll1
June 12th 2014


94 Comments


Nice, succinct review. I may have to jam this at some point. Especially with how disappointing metalcore has been this year.


Feather
June 12th 2014


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Im currently listening to this. Thanks for getting me interested with the review. Reminds me of OM&M The Flood a little bit.

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

Feather
June 12th 2014


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have a pos

trackbytrackreviews
June 12th 2014


1671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is better than OM&M pos

Digging: frnkiero andthe cellabration - Stomachaches

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 12th 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This album sucks but it's at least better than Attack Attack! were.

I watched the video though I didn't seen any crabbing happening. =( I really needed a good laugh
today.

Digging: Old Man Gloom - The Ape of God II

botb
June 12th 2014


9757 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

blah

Digging: Solstafir - tta

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2014


21623 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

not much better than attack attack tbh

Digging: Soen - Tellurian

Feather
June 12th 2014


1445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why does he sound like he is crying in a third of the songs. A little much you soft and angsty crab. Uhh sitting around a 3.1-3.3 for me. Idk boring but not intolerable.

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 12th 2014


937 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Should've named the band/album Angsty Crab.

TooManyFriends
June 12th 2014


729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Dead" is by far the best song

scottpilgrim10
June 12th 2014


4333 Comments


not too shabby

Digging: Weezer - Songs From The Black Hole

zaruyache
June 12th 2014


7234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why does he sound like he is crying in a third of the songs.

Sounds like basic hardcore voice to me. That's sort of how hardcore vocalists sing/scream nowadays.
I think Vales and Defeaters' vocalists use similar punk singing styles. It does take getting used to
and I don't even like it very much, but it's passable here.

Digging: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times

NoSons
June 12th 2014


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you for the positives! Dead, I Have A Problem, and Body Bag are definitely the highlights for me.

botb
June 13th 2014


9757 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is probably more like a 2 or 2.5 because its so painfully average its just the amount of hype this has right now is beyond stupid.

FearThyEvil
June 13th 2014


12689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

agreed hard

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 13th 2014


21623 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

^^^

zaruyache
June 13th 2014


7234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's actually pretty decent as far as crap metalcore goes.

Think recent Soilwork only less interesting and with less melody.

Comatorium.
June 13th 2014


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So is this actually good cause I'm about to turn new Mastodon off for it...

PurpleDino
June 13th 2014


3086 Comments


I listened to that Beaten In Lips song to see what all the hype was about and they sound pretty much exactly the same as their contemporary mainstream modern metalcore peers but with a slightly more straight-up hardcore edge

ie terrible

Digging: Backtrack - Darker Half



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