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Beartooth
Disgusting




Company: Red Bull Records
Release: 2015
Genre: Metalcore-ish
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Catchy, emotive album



  • Beartooth's full length debut, "Disgusting", is one of those albums I'd been looking for but didn't know I was at the time, something to leave an indelible mark on my soul. A departure from my normally extreme tastes, "Disgusting" is a catchy, emotive album that possesses hardcore, punk, pop and metalcore elements and fuses them together in an infectiously driving mix that is wielded and executed with surgical precision. The resulting sound is one that is both beautiful, furious and gut wrenching all at the same time.

    Vocalist Caleb Shomo, formerly of Attack Attack!, is the driving force behind the band and his metalcore growl, punk snarl, and sonorous clean vocals help perpetuate the emotional roller coaster that you are on when listening to the album. A great example is the album's opening track "The Lines". Utilizing Shomo's metalcore bark to kick the track off, it is backed up by a thunderous riff of pure groove perfection. As the song really gets going, his punk snarl makes you want to curl your lip in defiance as he sings "How many chances do I get before my head explodes?" and his clean vocals literally send chills through my bones. What constantly amazed me on the album is how deftly and seamlessly he could go from his metalcore bark to punk-styled snarls to clean vocals and back without skipping a beat. Not to be outdone, the rest of the band make the album complete by delivering music that makes each song pop. Alone, the tracks are solid tunes that can easily stand on their own merit. Together though, they make the album come together and cohesively tie everything together. Each song has it's own uniqueness to it from the preceding track but they all have plenty of hooks and lots of heaviness to keep your head bobbing along constantly.

    The subject material of the lyrical content is pretty serious, dealing with abusive parents, suicide, drug abuse and just a general sense of discordance. Each song is fascinating lyrically and more than a few songs on the album contain lyrics that you'll find yourself singing for days on end, long after you've listened to the song. The standout tracks on the album for me are "The Lines", "Beaten in Lips", "In Between" and "American Dream". Beartooth is a band that I will definitely be keeping my eye on as they continue. They have caught and held my attention with "Disgusting".


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Eric Compton9/5/2014
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    Greg Watson6/10/2015


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