On June 3, 2016, Beartooth released their second studio album, Aggressive. This time they were clearly on the map. With their debut, Disgusting, it actually didn't reach far out of the US, but did break the top ten on the US Hard Rock charts and reached 20 in the UK. This one however reached a much wider span of people.
This one did not break the top ten anywhere but it broke broke the top 50 in six different countries including the US, UK, Canada, Austria and Australia. It also broke into the German, Swiss and Belgian charts. Not bad, Beartooth! Not bad!
The fun started with the lead single and title track, "Aggressive" which came out at the same time of the album's pre-order. That track was good, and definitely would inspire some mosh pits live, but it didn't stand out to me nearly as much as a few others. The tracks that stood out the absolute most to me were "Hated" and "Loser."
"Hated" is something I highly recommend anyone that tends to care too much and gives way too many chances to people. It's actually says "I won't forget, I won't forgive", and later flat out says, "It took a while but you're out of my life and I swear there's no better feeling." It can take a lot to cut someone out of your life, but sometimes enough is enough and it's up to you to decide when that is. As someone who tends to forgive and forget every bad thing anyone has ever done to me, I must say this, LISTEN TO THIS SONG. Use it as fuel to put your foot down and walk away when you need to.
As for, "Loser", it's not only catchy in beat, but it's about being yourself despite whatever others may say. Why fit in when you're born to stand out? This song depicts that perfectly. "You say I'm just a loser in the background, I can never seem to get it right, but I'm learning my worth is more than your word. You told me I would back out, I would break down, I'm not even putting up a fight. But I'm learning my worth is more than your word." Be yourself -everyone else is already taken. I cannot say that enough, so whenever a song does it too, I have to applaud it.
This entire album is highly worth listening to, and I highly recommend you look it up on Amazon, iTunes or Spotify! Use it to get excited because Beartooth has a lot coming up here shortly. Starting on March 8, they embark on a tour with Bring Me The Horizon that will last through April 8. After that, they begin performing at many of the big festivals happening around the US such as the 98 Rockfest, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and Rock On The Range. After all that, they fly over to the UK to take part in the Slam Dunk festival. For more information, please head on over to Beartooth's official website, and the respective festival websites!
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