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Album Review

Aggressive, the follow-up to 2014's debut LP, Disgusting, lives up to its name with a 12-song collection of raw, melodic post-hardcore from Ohio band Beartooth. Along with producer John Feldmann (blink-182, the Used, Papa Roach), frontman Caleb Shomo wrote, performed, and produced the entire effort, with additional assistance from bandmates Taylor Lumley, Kamron Bradbury, and Oshie Bichar. One of Shomo's main strengths has always been his knack for melody — heard elsewhere on his work with contemporaries like Hands Like Houses, Crossfaith, and Escape the Fate — which nicely balances the tension and fury on Aggressive, especially on driving tracks like "However You Want It Said" and "Rock Is Dead." Elsewhere, downer titles like "Hated," "Loser," "Burnout," and "Sick of Me" make much of the album appear sour and bitter. Indeed, the lyrical attacks are effective as self-deprecating indictments, but they're also verbal missiles for lashing out against external forces. Shomo screams his way through the bleakness on these outsider anthems, providing cathartic release and visceral sonic therapy ("Sick of Me" is one standout). Life is tough, but with ragers that proclaim "I was born just a little bit different" and "I am not your scapegoat anymore," Beartooth empowers its listeners more than it drags them down. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Disappointing.

Sick and Disgusting were ridiculously good releases, and levels above this album. This album feels very rushed, the lyrics on some songs are downright cringe worthy, the guitar riffs are very lacking, and the creativity took a huge hit. Idk why Caleb felt the need to appeal heavily to scene kids/little high schoolers on this album but whatever. That being said, this album is by no means bad, just a definite step down from past releases.

Caleb Shomo is the peanut butter to my jelly. That is all.

The music is good, but slightly unoriginal.

I love BT, and their sound is very unique. But this album sounds a lot like the previous one. A lot of the instrument sounds and vocals are being reused and it's not very creative. The biggest problem here is the guitar break downs, that all sound the same. There's good songs on here and I love the topics they are speaking on. But as an album, it's repetitive and lacks creativity.

Biography

Formed: 2012 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '10s

Metalcore band Beartooth were originally started by frontman Caleb Shomo as an alternative creative outlet during his time as lead vocalist for Attack Attack! However, Beartooth eventually became the singer's main gig after leaving that band in 2012. With the new project, Shomo created a raw and driving hardcore sound that felt like a true departure from Attack Attack!'s heavily produced electronicore. The band's original lineup included guitarist Taylor Lumley, bassist Nick Reed, and drummer Brandon...
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