Beartooth: The Disease Tour Part II (5/15/2019) Town Ballroom- Buffalo,NY
Beartooth finished off the last week of their headlining tour The Disease Part II with a stop to Buffalo, New York on May 15th 2019. The Town Ballroom hosted the band along with Of Mice & Men, Hands Like Houses and Dead American.
From the start of the night the venue was packed and first to take the stage was Dead American. Cove Reber is no stranger to the frontman spotlight. Cove and the guys of Dead American dropped some serious heat with fans showing an incredible connection to the explosive sound and lyrical content.
Australian band Hands Like Houses took the stage next wasting no time capturing the crowds attention. The perfect pairing of instruments and vocals created for a coterie of powerful verses and dramatic chords that left you reliving their set as the stage crew set up for the next act.
While a majority of people were there for Beartooth, Of Mice & Men had a huge fan following that made themselves known. Fans screamed along to every word of every song as frontman Aaron Pauley head banged and emphasized the bands pulse racing heavier sound. Crude yells and screams along with effortless and infectious melodic singing got everyone in the venue begging for more.
Having only seen Beartooth at Warped Tour, I was anxious and excited to see what they would bring to their own headlining tour. Spoiler alert, they did not disappoint. Originating from Columbus, Ohio the bands current lineup consists of Caleb Shomo, Kamron Bradbury, Oshie Bichar, Connor Denis and Zach Huston. Following their EP “Sick”the band has also put out 3 albums “Aggressive, “Disgusting” and most recently “Disease.” Probably the biggest appeal of Beartooth is the blend of punk roots along with its hardcore edge. From the first song Shomo brings the intensity, igniting fans to become engaged with familiar and anthemic choruses. The rawness of lyrics to such songs as “Disease” and “You never Know” clearly portray the inspiration behind the Disease album and make it apparent that fans that have seen tougher times look to this band for escape. Deep lyrics referencing the battles between inner demons and depression united fans on a personal level all while giving metalcore fans their fix. Fan favorites such as “Beaten in Lips” and ”Body Bag” sparked a sea of crowd surfers who were drawn to the band like a moth to a flame. As a circle pit exploded in the center of the floor, you could feel the energy as every Beartooth fan sang or screamed along. As I exited the venue, my ears were still ringing from the powerful nostalgia of an awesome show. Make sure to catch Beartooth next time they pass through your hometown, you won’t regret it!