BEARTOOTH – ‘Aggressive’ (4/5)

(Red Bull)

Beartooth Cover

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Ohio band Beartooth burst onto the scene two years ago with their full-length debut ‘Disgusting’, winning plaudits for their raw fusion of metalcore and hardcore punk and the frank, deeply personal lyrics of frontman Caleb Shomo.

Coming up with a emulating follow-up seems to be notoriously difficult for a lot of musicians, but the group look to have had no problems with achieving this with ‘Aggressive’.

They have kept the elements of what made ‘Disgusting’ a success, however at the same time, there are a few subtle changes.

There is an increase of intensity and energy to the overall sound, with a slightly more aggressive vocal delivery from Shomo.

The main strength of Beartooth remains the lyrics, with Shomo inviting you freely into his state of mind.

By the album’s conclusion, it’s as if he has become a close friend, confiding in you about his struggles and insecurities and the obstacles he has faced, which shows what a talented lyricist he is.

If you are a young rock fan who is not going through a great time at the moment, then ‘Aggressive’ will be of definite appeal.

TOP TRACK: ‘Loser’

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