Since forming Beartooth a decade ago, frontman Caleb Shomo has made a name for himself as one of the go-to voices of hard rock today. The anger, the rage and, most noticeably, the piercing vocals have elevated the Columbus, Ohio, native and his band to the top of the genre.
With a string of hits — including “Devastation,” “The Past Is Dead” and “Skin” — off of their last album, Below, and a brand-new single titled “Riptide,” Beartooth set out on tour with A Day To Remember and Bad Omens. As luck would have it, I was able to catch their first stop on the tour bassist Oshie Bichar, lead guitarist Zach Huston, rhythm guitarist Will Deely, drummer Connor Denis and Shomo lit up the stage in Baltimore.
With some bands, seeing them in concert ruins the aura as you quickly discover that their sound is heavily manufactured in a recording studio and that, in reality, the live product fails to live up to the songs you know and love from their album. Beartooth fans need not worry, Shomo’s trademark screams clearly do not require any assistance and, in fact, the entire band brought their ‘A game” for Charm City. In fact, Shomo and friends went so hard, it’s tough to imagine they’re going to be able to maintain this level of excellence for an entire tour.