Beartooth have been on a mission since their formation back in 2012. That mission? To stage a takeover and stand firmly at the top of pack. They’ve been relentless in their pursuit of their goal, garnering a reputation for an intense live show with an arsenal of riot-inciting material to fire at their loyal audience. 2018 sees them reveal the next phase of their takeover, and that phase comes in the form of their new record Disease. 12 tracks of catchy, heavy, venomous brilliance.
If you’ve come here expecting to hear filthy riffs, thunderous drums and gigantic choruses, you’ll be very happy. They are all present, and in large supply. Everything that Beartooth have built their foundations on is on display here, and it’s exactly as big and as loud as you’d expect it to be. Opener Greatness Or Death lulls you into a false sense of security, gently guiding you towards the edge of the cliff before shoving you off of it. During the free fall you’ll find enormous riffs, pounding drums and gigantic vocal melodies, and after that one track you’ll already be craving everything that comes next.
There’s heavy hitters like Manipulation, Infection and Used And Abused – the latter of which contains the heaviest Beartooth breakdown to date. There’s singalong anthems like Clever, Disease, Bad Listener and the completely infectious Afterall. Every single track contains elements of both the light and dark sides of the band, which results in the most fluid and consistent record they’ve released so far. This is everything that you could possibly want from a Beartooth record.
This record is enormous, it’s fun, it’s heavy. At times it’s a little predictable and doesn’t hit as hard as some of their past material, but you know what? It doesn’t matter at all. They haven’t re-written the rulebook or tampered with the formula, they’ve simply added a few additional components and created a more refined version of their former selves. I see them as the A Day To Remember of this generation, making heavy music more catchy and accessible for the masses, and continuously doing it well.
If you already love the band, this will dig the roots of that love even deeper. If you are yet to jump aboard the Beartooth train, it’s time to get your ticket. Their sights are firmly set on moving up, and if Disease is anything to go by that’s exactly where they’ll be going.