Beartooth is a fairly new band I’ve recently discovered. Specifically, I found out they existed in April, and I liked their stuff enough to buy the one and only album they seem to have released.
The fact they named themselves Beartooth made me think that they were from Montanna. Looking into the band ended up pulling up a lot of stuff in Montanna by the same name, which means I officially know that much more about a state I know fuck all about. The only things I know about Montanna is that my dad lived there when he was, like, four or five or something, and that their unofficial state motto is “write your manifesto here.” But no, it turns out the band (near as I can tell anyway) has nothing to do with Montanna.
Their sound has been described by me and only me as “punk metal”. critics have called them metalcore, but I honestly have no idea how metalcore differs from any other genre of metal. Yeah, it’s a hybrid of metal and hardcore, but what the fuck is hardcore anyway? Seriously, I struggle to this very day when it comes to telling the difference. I can name bands that describe themselves as hardcore, but don’t really see how they differ from metal all that much.
All I can say for sure is I like a lot of what I hear from Beartooth, and really, really, REALLY hope this is the direction punk rock ends up taking. Especially since the punk genre has been dominated by dumbass skateboarders for as long as I can remember. Blink182, as catchy as that one song was, is hands down the worst thing that ever happened to the genre.
Before I go on too much of a rant, let’s remember that an album review is in progress, and focus entirely on that, shall we?
ALBUM ART: B
ALBUM CASING: C
Have I mentioned lately how much I hate cardboard envelopes? Though compared to a lot of the envelope like packages I’ve gotten in the past, this one’s at least fat enough to take up the same amount of space a jewel case would, so it really could be worse.
1. The Lines
I love how the vocalist spends the entire intro to the song getting all lit up like that. Definitely part of the punk element. Once the song actually gets started, it ends up being pretty good.
2. Beaten In Lips
And this would definitely be the metal portion of their style. At least up till you get to the chorus. I wouldn’t say it mellows out, but he decides to start singing for sure. It has a slow start (and not so the vocalist can light up another J), but once it gets past the vocalist’s rhyming at the very beginning, things really pick up for the better.
3. Body Bag
It doesn’t quite compare to the previous track, but it’s good in it’s own right. Definitely worth a listen.
4. In Between
As of this writing, this appears to be the only single from the album. And it’s easy why they went with this one. I might go as far as to say this is the single best track on the entire album. It was definitely the track that hooked my interest way back when, and it remains a total fucking brainworm even now. I use this as my current ringtone, too. That’s just how much I love this song.
“In Between” is my absolute favorite, but this one’s definitely an extremely close second place. It’s been a while since a track consisting mostly of shrieking from the vocalist has been a favorite of mine. And that’s assuming the shrieker in question isn’t a childhood throwback like Cradle of Filth or something.
6. Ignorance is Bliss
I really don’t know what to say here. It’s far from bad, but after two astounding tracks like that, it’s difficult to live up to the legacy, you know? But for what it’s worth, it’s far from bad. Definitely worth the listen.
7. I Have a Problem
I guess you do. Even the very beginning of the song conveys a vibe of urgency, or maybe even distress, and that’s before the vocals shrieks his way into existence. It’s a pretty intense track from start to finish.
8. One More
From a track title perspective… I don’t want to say it’s amusing that this one follows a song titled “I Have a Problem”, but at the same time, I can’t help but think it’s less than a coincidence. Although the two songs don’t seem to have anything to do with each other. At least in terms of story telling, anyway.
As for the song itself… I really can’t help but think this hits a little close to home. I’m not a musician (that dream died when I realized I fucking hate other people and being in a band means cooperating with people you fucking hate), but I’ve been here before in terms of writing stuff. That’s probably why I rate it as high as I do.
9. Me in My Own Head
I feel like I ought to be enjoying this song a lot more, but for some reason, it just doesn’t quite hit the A-rank for me. I guess by the time you get to track 9, the novelty starts to ware a little thin? That being said, it’s still pretty good, and I still like listening to it. I don’t know, maybe I’m just expecting more than I got.
10. Keep Your American Dream
In this day and age where 99% of Americans believe the American dream is dead, I’m surprised this isn’t a single just yet. I suppose the cycle is still young, though.
Is it the most intense track on the album? I hesitate to say yes or no, but it’s definitely among them.
12. Sick and Disgusting
I’d call this skipworthy, but we’re at the end. I’d have honestly ended with “Dead”, and maybe put this on track 8 or 9 or something, but that’s just me. I don’t want to say it’s a disappointing ending, but I still feel like this could’ve ended better. But hey, if it took this long to get into C-country, then you must be doing something right. Right?
OVERALL GRADE: A-
I thoroughly enjoyed this album, and I highly recommend iiving it a listen.