Today we’ve got something a little more on the Metalcore side, with the release of “Aggressive” approaching quickly it’s about time we talk about Beartooth. Just listening to this album I can feel the slap dance pits forming around me, you know, the pits where people throw their feet and arms around like there’s no tomorrow and hope they don’t get clubbed by someone else doing the same thing. Coming out through Red Bull Records, maybe this spells out the beginning of Red Bull taking control of the Metalcore scene that Vans currently owns.
The album kicks off slowly with the title track, but the build is exactly what you think it would be. The song is pretty standard for the genre, standard riffs, easy to follow vocally and the chorus is perfect for all the fans to sing along to at the concerts, so it’s done right, but it’s nothing special or outstanding. “Hated” starts basically the same way as “Aggressive”, but the speed is kicked up a little bit to make it a more upbeat song, which is a bit weird as the song is more personal with lyrical content about being hated for being you essentially. The breakdown is predictable, you can see it coming a mile away like you can in most Metalcore songs, so this song yet again, is a pretty standard Metalcore song, nothing new but still decent.
About halfway through you’ll find “Censored”, which has a bit more of a Heavy Metal feel to start off, before jumping into the good old sounds that the fans know and love... I think. Again, the chorus is perfect for those sing along moment live that all the Metalcore bands seem to have, after the second chorus come the breakdown, obvious as usual, feet flying at face height and back into the chorus. Let’s just say, I could keep going, but you get the idea of what’s going on here.
Beartooth and their new album “Aggressive” is just that, aggressive. If you’re a fan of the bands style you’ll be a fan of the album, no doubt about it. On the other hand, if you’re looking for progress with the band, something new, something fresh in the Metalcore scene, this isn’t it. It’s not a bad album at all, but there’s nothing new or special that makes this stand out from the other albums that are coming out of the same style.