Caleb Shomo On Beartooth's New Album: "This Is The Heaviest Record, This Is My Best Work"

Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo unveils the music that has influenced the band's upcoming album – and how it's resulted in some "heavy-duty sh*t".

Caleb Shomo On Beartooth's New Album: "This Is The Heaviest Record, This Is My Best Work"
Jake Owens

After teasing fans with a heavy snippet of new music last month, Caleb Shomo has revealed that there's even more "heavy-duty shit" to come on the upcoming Beartooth album.

Though the frontman is still in writing mode and only recently sent "draft one" of the follow-up to 2018's Disease "to the higher-ups", Caleb tells Knotfest that "the record is going very, very well so far" – even going as far as to call this his "best work".

"This one is just jacked," he enthuses (via Blabbermouth). "Everything is amped up to 11. I am so, so pumped. Obviously, this is what you wanna think when you're making a record, but damn, this is the best one yet. Not even close. This is the heaviest record. This is my best work – the most proud I've been of these songs. It's wild. It's some heavy-duty shit."

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Caleb continues with the comparison that "if Disease was AC/DC, this record is Black Sabbath".

"It's a lot more influenced in dark stoner rock, heavy power groove," he elaborates. "Obviously, there's still a lot of fast [stuff] and some punk rock and all that, but I've really been exploring with the stoner metal side of guitars and guitar tones and doing different tunings and lots of fuzz and chaos and layering the fuck out of my guitar tracks.

"The whole point, for me, of this mix and the sonics of this record is as big and loud and fucking sonically devastating as I can possibly get it. So on a breakdown, for example, where on Disease it would just be left guitar, right guitar, bass down the middle, this is literally… That little clip I posted [on Instagram ] is I think eight guitars, three bass tracks. Just experimenting – just doing dumb stoner shit and just trying my fucking best. Yeah, that's the goal – is just sonic devastation, for sure."

Caleb adds that Beartooth will "for sure" release new music in 2020, explaining that it might not be the full record just yet, but "at least one to four singles".

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