They say that some things fall apart to make way for better things, right? Well, Beartooth seems to be a living testament of that old saying. Former Attack, Attack! frontman Caleb Shomo has been resurrected into the spotlight with a group called Beartooth (weird name, huh?). After receiving some initial success with their debut EP Sick, the band continued on with their efforts which eventually led to the creation of Disgusting. Beartooth is a mixture of genres, never sticking to one style of music for a whole song. You’ll find various influences from rock, hardcore, punk, and metal(core) throughout this album. Needless to say, with this combination of sounds, Disgusting takes some surprising twists and turns that even I didn’t see coming.
The lyrics on this release are powerfully bold, and potentially some of the most meaningful out of all of the other releases this year. Shomo tackles a personal addiction in
the song “I Have A Problem,” describing an alcohol problem. His words are raw, and heavy-hitting, even for someone like me who has never enjoyed alcohol.
God, I wanna call you my father
I’m sick of drinking my life away / I can’t remember anything
This isn’t fun anymore / My body’s glued to the floor
When did my king start living inside a glass bottle?
Aside from his self-convictions, Shomo also inspires hope in the hearts of his fans with this release. The song “Beaten In Lips” motivates the youth of today to live their lives loud and proud, not being burdened by the words of others. “In Between” is another great example of Shomo’s encouraging words to those out there dealing with hopelessness.
Life’s so dark when everyday is a struggle
Why go out and see the world on fire?
Don’t let your mindset become what controls you
Speak right now and make the choice to grow
Musically, “Disgusting” doesn’t stray far from the typical formula of this genre. Heavy riffs, breakdowns, catchy choruses: Beartooth includes all of this. Despite this, the album excels and proves to be an overall great listen. Songs such as “The Lines” and “In Between” show off Shomo’s clean vocals, and Beartooth’s catchy hooks. Other tracks like “I Have A Problem” and “Sick and Disgusting” display Shomo’s dark side and transparency in this release.
“Disgusting” surprised me with its melodic and heavy tunes. With Beartooth you’ll get your money’s worth. I think this phrase sums up the band, and this release: passionately energetic chaos. From start to finish, you’ll be engulfed into the album and will have their music stuck in your head for days. Pick up “Disgusting” and support this band!