Beartooth
Disease


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler White STAFF
October 1st, 2018 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Predictable and formulaic, yet nonetheless a bit fun

Beartooth have sort of established themselves as a predictable metalcore band, to say the least. Almost all of their songs have the same general structure, making it almost redundant to the point of annoyance. Their debut Disgusting showed a lot of potential, but their follow up Aggressive showed almost no signs of progression which resulted in a boring album that fell flat in the face of its potential. Disease doesn’t escape from the same issues as its predecessor, except it has something going for it. Some of the stuff on here is actually kind of fun.

Without much deviation from the band’s general sound, Caleb Shomo has yet again created a metalcore album with punk rock influences sprinkled about. Almost as if a carbon copy, much of Disease is ruined by poor production that detracts from the band’s original raw styling they had on their debut. Although the instrumentation is quite impressive on the album, many of the issues fall into the control of the cheesy lyrics. That aside, Beartooth’s third effort shows signs of revitalization after the failure of Aggressive.

Mixing hard, aggressive metal with softer, melodic rock, Disease often feels like a cluttered, tangled mess, minimizing a genuine flow of songs. In spite of the fact that the album doesn’t really hit a “groove,” each of the songs on their own are often quite good. When the album is at its most aggressive, Beartooth manage to put out some head-bang worthy riffs and breakdowns. “Infection” and “Bad Listener” showcase not only some of Caleb Shomo’s best screams in a while, but also display an overall development in his ability to create hard-hitting, moshing breakdowns. The guitar work, albeit not quite difficult or technical by any means, is quite phenomenal and flows very well with the general tone of the album, utilizing heavy distortion, note bending, and dissonance. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Disease exhibits some of Beartooth’s most melodic moments, with an overall strengthened vocal range, as well as progression of songwriting. Songs like “Believe” and “Clever” show Shomo at his vocal high along with his melodic writing capabilities, employing the use of light distortion as well as some backing guitar solos that add to the harmonies of the tracks.

However, not all of the album is not perfect by a long shot. The lyrics, rather than provide a story of sorts, just bring the entire album down a few notches despite how good the vocal delivery may be. Shomo talks about being a “bad listener,” catching an “infection again,” and being “manipulated in some sort of way, but the songs almost have no correlation in terms of thematics, but this isn’t an anomaly coming from Beartooth. The good news is that the screams and melodies are top notch here, so the lyrics do have a bonus along with them. Without those lyrics, there would be no performance from Shomo here, so, a blessing in disguise maybe?

Amalgamating each aspect of Disease, Beartooth manages to come out of the wreckage of Aggressive by no more than an inch to spare. No, this doesn’t come near to the raw, aggressive sound of their debut, but it does make its way to a more refined sound than what came from their sophomore record. Will this be a top album of the year? Perhaps not, but this is still an enjoyable listen if you happen to be a fan of the genre. Nothing new or innovating here, but it is, without a doubt, a somewhat infectious disease.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tyman128
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2018


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Taking a bit of a small break from my twenty one pilots review series to get at least one new album into the mix. This is definitely not on the same tier as Disgusting, however, this does manage to be an improvement from Aggressive. Not the best record I've heard, but definitely a fun one to jam at least once. Plus, "Infection" is a banger.

SteakByrnes
October 1st 2018


30138 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very predictable album again, but I do like Bad Listener. Caleb still has so much potential as a songwriter, but plays it way too safe

KenboSlice
October 1st 2018


3841 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Caleb has a huge amount of talent and somehow never uses it.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2018


32073 Comments


Glad to see you're churning out those reviews man, keep it up. I will probably not check this but I'm not too big on metalcore myself.

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2018


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If Caleb could just try out something other than the generic formula, he could probably make something actually original and great. For now, we get this.

Thanks Dewinged!

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2018


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The more i listen to it, the more I love the riff to “Manipulation”

Tundra
October 1st 2018


9865 Comments


It's another Beartooth album alright

Linx
October 1st 2018


186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is more enjoyable then Aggressive, but not by much. I listened to the whole thing and when it ended I was surprised. I felt like I was listening to the same song for like 30 minutes. I did find my head bobbing and my foot tapping more often through this. Still very disappointed with Caleb. Solid review

Danred97
October 1st 2018


2544 Comments


It's definitely a step up from Aggressive, but it still annoys me because songs like Disease and Infection proves how great of a song Caleb can make, but most of this album ranges from bleh to just okay. I seriously think a problem might be Caleb has run out of things to say. He's just rehashing the "I'm depressed and mentally unstable" angle for 3 albums and it's getting repetitive.

THVRTVVN
October 2nd 2018


459 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yo th is is so fuckin dogshit

Feather
October 4th 2018


10296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I ran to this the last couple days, fun run of the mill metalcore done well for what it is

Feather
October 4th 2018


10296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Better than Aggressive, equal to Disgusting



"I seriously think a problem might be Caleb has run out of things to say. He's just rehashing the "I'm depressed and mentally unstable" angle for 3 albums and it's getting repetitive."



^ This

ChrimzonCanine
October 7th 2018


2080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Manipulation is the bomb. Opening guitar riff has that same distinct raw feeling as the ones from Disgusting.

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2018


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea, Manipulation is one of the best here just because of that riff in the begging

Feather
November 12th 2018


10296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bad Listener is so ridiculously fun, but this record is so unbelievably safe and predictable.

SteakByrnes
November 12th 2018


30138 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I remember Bad Listener being good

ChrimzonCanine
February 10th 2019


2080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was hoping this would be their breakthrough album, which is sad since Aggressive is by far their highest charting record so far.

Either way, album is so ridiculously fun I might as well start learning some of these numbers on my guitar.

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2019


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bad Listener, Manipulation, and Infection are all jams to play

ScreamoGaze
April 6th 2019


383 Comments


I listened to 4 songs and got bored. Sounds like it's not worth pressing on

KenboSlice
April 6th 2019


3841 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is extremely boring, it's not terrible, it's just bland af



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