Album Review: Below by Beartooth

In the year 2021 we have seen a lot of changes, new people in power, life slowly making its’ way back to normal, and shows are coming back. The one thing that has not changed is the undefeated, unrivaled, and undeniable songwriting that comes from the mind of one, Caleb Shomo. This album is charting new waters and new territory for Beartooth, this album is heightening the already stacked discography that got them to where they are today.

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You like heavy metal? This album gives you heavy metal, while also giving you emotional and catchy choruses that everyone can and will enjoy. One of the first lines that we hear in the album is, “I feel the rage, something’s starting to grow, Six hundred sixty six feet in my hell below”. We can hear plenty of elements of influence from bands like, Black Sabbath, Power Trip, Slipknot, and AC/DC. Blast beats, breakdowns, rock-downs, screams, intoxicating singing, and silence are all experiences that are presented throughout this record.

The writing process of this album took place both before and during the pandemic, naturally we can expect a shift in the writing process and headspace of Caleb Shomo. Shades of the early days of Beartooth are heard in songs such as Skin and No Return, they recount the troubled and depressed mindset Caleb was trapped in before starting Beartooth and for awhile after. These two songs are chronicles of everyday life, with the constant pain in the back of your head, nagging you and making sure that you have some anxiety to deal with when you wake up.

While Shomo spares no expense at writing heavy songs to release the aggression, he also has no problem with writing songs that are going to empower and encourage everyone. He wants people to know that they are strong and have made it this far, no reason to turn back or give up. This idea is very evident on songs, I Won’t Give Up and The Past Is Dead. These two are going to be radio favorites for a long time.

The closer of the album, The Last Riff paints a picture of Caleb Shomo standing, staring, and expressionless as he looks out at a crowd full of die hard fans after a set, letting them know that they just put it all out there. They are not finished and they will not be for a very long time. Get used to hearing their name, they are gong to be the headliners one day, they are going to be the band that people tell their grandkids about.

Say what you will about rock and metal but there is nothing like it, there’s no more emotional music to put on display for the world to hear. Nothing unites like hard rock and heavy metal with powerful messages. Below is an early front runner for album of the year, every song on the track list has some seriously great and unique qualities. Some songs are better than others, but there is not a song on the record that is bad. The production quality is new, it sounds fresh, clean while also being nasty, and opens eyes.

Rating: 9/10

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