1. The Lines
2. Beaten in Lips
3. Body Bag
4. In Between
6. Ignorance Is Bliss
7. I Have a Problem
8. One More
9. Me in My Own Head
10. Keep Your American Dream
12. Sick and Disgusting
Genre: Hardcore: For fans of: The Color Morale, My Ticket Home, and The Plot In You
Beartooth is a band that blew up in the scene fairly quickly, mostly due to the vocalist, Caleb Shomo, formerly of Attack! Attack! One of Rise Records biggest names in their day. With their debut album ‘Disgusting’ they bring something new to the scene, something that I believe could be a game-changer. While Caleb Shomo has his bandmates touring with him, Caleb himself writes and records all of Beartooth’s material, which is something rather interesting to keep in mind as you listen to this killer debut album from Beartooth.
A few songs that stand out on on this album would have to be, “Beaten in Lips,” “In Between,” “Relapsing,” “One More,” “Me in My Own Head,” and “Sick and Disgusting”
“Beaten in Lips” is the second released in promotion of this record, following “Dead” and is definitely a song that captured my attention and harnessed my excitement for this record. This song is an anthem for the abused. This song is pure emotion and I find anyone can take aspects of this song and relate to it, it’s a strong and emotionally powerful song that, I believe, has the force to get anyone throwing down at a live show.
“In Between” is a hell of a song, easily being the softest song on the record. Though this song doesn’t pack the punch that some of the other songs within this record do, it’s still just as powerful. Being a hardcore band, choruses are either win or lose with me. Either the band nails it, or it’s a flop, and Beartooth nails it. This song is glued together by its chorus. It’s one of those choruses that you just feel, if you catch my drift. There is no real way to describe it, it’s just a feel-good song for the record, even if the lyrics don’t full portray that, the chorus still manages to get me singing and smiling through the whole song.
“Relapsing” is easily my favorite song on the record, for so many reasons. You know how I said “In Between” just had a chorus that you could just feel? Well, “Relapsing” is a song you can feel in its entirety. The whole song is just a fast-paced, mosh-worthy song. Alongside that, the lyrics have incredible meaning, I mean it, really sit down and listen to the lyrics, I believe anyone can relate to most of them, so long as they can do it without standing up and moshing their hearts out.
“One More,” this track is a track that I honestly can’t explain. What’s not to love about it? The lyrics are great, the rhythm is awesome, the emotion, it’s all there. This song doesn’t hit hard, but it’s a nice cool-down song right in the middle of the record, right before it’s picks back up again and gets you on your feet.
“Me in My Own Mind.” Wow. What a track, to say that most anyone, and I mean anyone, can relate to is an understatement. We are all our worst critics, our own minds are often our demise, and this song portrays that perfectly, this is a truly powerful song and it is very dear to me and definitely gets me thinking and off my feet ready for more.
“Sick and Disgusting.” This track is one that no amount of words could portray the emotion you hear in this song. Crying, screaming, begging, and pleading for things to get better, to heal his mind. You feel true emotion and brokenness in this song, in a way that we have never heard before. I would not feel right to try and explain what and how Caleb felt writing and recording this song, that is his story, but it is truly a powerful song that needed to be mentioned. It is a fantastic closing track that brings the listener to a whole new level of connection with the artist.
Cleans: Caleb isn’t, by any means, the best vocalist around, but, he definitely has a memorable voice. His voice has a subtle rasp about it, and while sometimes some of the things Caleb does with his clean vocals is unconventional, he executes it perfectly and does not disappoint for this record.
Screams: Caleb impressed me with his screams on this record. His screams are pretty unique, very raspy and very yell-scream based, but bring a really powerful punch to the mix. Caleb’s unique screaming technique also portrays his emotion, but maybe the screams are so unique because they’re purely emotion-fueled.
Instrumentals: As far as the hardcore genre goes, the instrumentals are awesome. Caleb, having written the instrumentals himself, impressed me. He time and time again shows what a talented man he is. The drums are really punchy and sit in the mix nicely, and they aren’t too flashy.
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