Dis­ease RED BULL Ohio’s pro­lific song­smith makes an­other leap to­wards the main­stream

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. - ROB BARBOUR

At just 25

years old, Caleb Shomo has more records in his discog­ra­phy than some mu­si­cians man­age to churn out in an en­tire ca­reer. With the re­lease of Dis­ease he has es­tab­lished him­self as a Swiss watchre­li­able triple-threat: writer, pro­ducer and per­former. An al­bum ev­ery two years, each build­ing on the suc­cess of the last as he aims for the heights of the metal world. Those sin­gu­lars aren’t an ac­ci­dent; Beartooth may be a band on­stage but on record it’s all Caleb.

It’s an out­let for the vi­sion of a sin­gu­lar cre­ative mind and with this, Beartooth’s third al­bum, his am­bi­tions have be­come clear. The sharp, pro­cessed son­ics and growled vo­cals of 2014’s Dis­gust­ing and 2016’s Ag­gres­sive are mostly gone, re­placed by a more or­ganic, ra­dio-ready sound.

Un­der the watch­ful eye of ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Nick Rasku­linecz – one of the ar­chi­tects of Foo Fighters’ as­cent to sta­di­ums around the world – Caleb’s sense for melody and ob­vi­ous love of South­ern rock come to the fore. Songs like After­all (co-writ­ten with Good Char­lotte’s Joel Mad­den!) and You Never Know might not go down well with the death-to-all-but-metal crowd, but seem pre­ci­sion-crafted to win Beartooth fans from far out­side the genre within which they made their name. In fact, it’s when Beartooth lapse back into the generic con­ven­tions of met­al­core, as on Bad Lis­tener, that they’re at their least in­ter­est­ing. At its best, Dis­ease man­ages to find a mid­dle ground be­tween the Foos and Ev­ery Time I Die – ra­dio an­thems with heavy, groove-driven riffs, and lack­ing the try-hard elec­tronic com­po­nents of so many of Caleb’s less-com­pe­tent peers. This could be a di­vi­sive al­bum – it oc­ca­sion­ally feels un­will­ing to fully com­mit to heav­i­ness or ac­ces­si­bil­ity – but the smart money is on it be­ing a very suc­cess­ful one. This is a con­vinc­ing step to­wards the main­stream for one of our most promis­ing young acts.


Beartooth are spread­ing a Dis­easeyou’ll ac­tu­ally want to catch

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