Today at Download Festival, Beartooth proved that there IS exciting young metal in the world. Gav Lloyd watched their huge main stage set. This is what he learned.
BEARTOOTH ARE AT HOME ON A MASSIVE STAGE We're much more used to seeing Beartooth in far smaller places than Download's massive main stage, but the band waste little time in showing they're just as comfortable with the big time. Any worries that they'd get swallowed up are swiftly dismissed as they confidently throw themselves around with bags of energy.
THEY DO A FINE JOB OF SHAKING OFF THE COBWEBS Playing at noon is no enviable task, but frontman Caleb Shomo does an impressive job of whipping what could have been a hungover, grumpy, disinterested crowd into a flurry of circle pits and sea of fist pumps.
THE NEW STUFF SOUNDS GREAT With debut 'Disgusting', Beartooth already had plenty of songs to make a killer setlist, but off the back of new album 'Aggressive', that setlist has only got better. The likes of 'Always Dead', 'Loser' and the title track seamlessly sit alongside the older material and get just as raucous reactions.
'IN BETWEEN' IS A MOMENT A lot of bands try to turn negativity into positivity, but no band embody that mentality quite as wholeheartedly as Beartooth. 'In Between' is a true anthem about overcoming the odds and as Caleb performs it with as much passion as when he first wrote it, the masses screaming it back to him makes this feel really special.
THIS IS A MASSIVE VICTORY FOR BEARTOOTH With Beartooth being one of the few younger bands playing this year's main stage, it was tricky to gauge how well this would go down. But the constant chants of "Beartooth!" and the relentless wave of crowdsurfers for closer 'Bodybag' (there was A LOT) is proof of the people loving this. Beartooth give a lot of the more established names a serious run for their money today, and hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of this band on this stage in the future.