Queens, New York band Sylar opened the show at Webster Hall for Beartooth‘s album release show and definitely got the crowd amped with their rap-infused vocals and heavy instrumentals. Being locals to the New York scene, Sylar were definitely an amazing choice to open the night. Their I-don’t-give-a-fuck (clearly from New York) attitude was a huge hit with the audience.
But then, you’ve never seen anything quite like a Beartooth show. The popular metalcore band proved that and more at their album release show in New York City for the band’s newest album, Aggressive. While I was unsure how I felt about the album itself, the songs definitely hold up very well live. However, the new material still somehow fell short in energy compared to older, more well-known Beartooth songs. But all in all it was a set full of nonstop energy and rowdiness from both the band and the audience. The night even included a crowdsurfing guitarist and fans hanging from the ceiling (quite the role reversal). And of course, a Beartooth show wouldn’t be a Beartooth show without an inspirational, heartfelt speech from Caleb Shomo, the band’s frontman and mastermind. They played a well put together set including new songs from Aggressive, as well as more classic Beartooth songs such as “I Have A Problem,” “The Lines” and “Body Bag.” If you like hardcore/metalcore music and haven’t been to a Beartooth show I hugely recommend you add it to your list of priorities because you won’t be disappointed.
Text by Trey Ruiz
Photo by Alexander Chan