Columbus, OH rock band Beartooth recently announced the release of their third studio album Disease which will come on September 28th worldwide. Today, fans can hear another new track off the album entitled “Manipulation”.
“Manipulation is about that person in everybody’s life that takes advantage of your kindness,” notes frontman Caleb Shomo. “It’s about standing up for what you’ve done and not letting people destroy your accomplishments.”
Disease is a painstaking, riff-driven examination of the unshakeable throes of depression. While there are moments of positivity, this isn’t the sound of triumph. This is music about survival.
“The album is a whirlwind of emotion,” Shomo explains. “Crazy highs, crazy lows, and lots of intensity. This record isn’t about winning anything. It’s about trying to even begin to learn how to deal with things. It’s hard to process just how dark you can get, what you can really put yourself through with expectations. It’s like starting from the beginning all over again. At the end of the day, it is a very dark album.”
Even as Shomo and his bandmates played to sold-out crowds across Europe, the battle against mental illness and childhood issues returned, and the seed for Disease was planted. The title track was the first song written for it, setting the overall tone.
As always, Shomo recorded vocals, guitars, bass, and drums, and mixed the album himself with assistance from an engineer, now with executive producer (and Grammy winner) Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Foo Fighters and Rush.
Beartooth just wrapped up a headline run in Europe and after a short break will hop back over the pond for a full US headline tour.
Disease is available for preorder now on 24Hundred & iTunes.
Beartooth – Disease is out September 28 via Red Bull Records/UNFD