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Beartooth
Disgusting
Type: CD
Company: Red Bull Records
Release: 2014
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/5/2014
Challenge any band to match this intensity
Music extraordinaire Caleb Shomo is Beartooth on debut full-length ‘Disgusting’. Shomo wrote, recorded and produced nearly every song including performing all instruments. The talented young man started at age 14 with metalcore act Attack Attack! In 2012 Shomo left the successful band to see Beartooth come to fruition. The Ohio act released an EP, ‘Sick’, in 2013 before committing full-time to writing the debut. ‘Disgusting’ is indicative of metal’s blend of culture and ideals. Shomo puts his heart and soul by the front door, citing clinical depression as the catalyst for the record’s darker lyrics and feel. The single “Beaten in Lips” is a whirlwind of staccato riffs, screaming vocals and lyrics that defiantly denounce physical abuse. It’s bands like Beartooth, Bring Me the Horizon, and Middle Class Rut that are redesigning how metal looks and feels and songs like this represent that renaissance. “Ignorance is Bliss” and “I Have a Problem” are pure reckless energy with enough aggression to drown continents of death and black metal extremities. “Me in My Own Head” and “Keep Your American Dream” are two of the “lighter” tracks with modern hard rock feelings draped in downward spirals. I’d challenge any band to match this intensity.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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DisgustingBeartooth
2014
Eric Compton9/5/2014
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