Written By | Joshua Davis
Wednesday September 1st, Beartooth brought The Below Tour to Dallas Texas at the famous House of Blues. With them they brought metal powerhouses in Wage War and Dragged Under. This tour has had some speed bumps along the way but they made the best of it.
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Up first was my friends in Dragged Under, an American Hard Rock/Punk Rock band formed in 2019 by former Rest, Repose members. Walking to the pit I noticed 2 stools on stage. I was a little confused on what was going on. Vocalist Tony Cappocchi and Bassist Hans Hessburg walked out and informed us that the band is still battling the covid effects. Instead of just not playing they figured they would just do an acoustic set. Hans was on guitar for this set. I applaud them for doing what they can to entertain everyone there. Lots of banter and playfulness from Tony to the crowd. They even took a request and Hans pulled out a fantastic rendition of “Wonderwall”. For what it was it was a nice little set.
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American metalcore giants Wage War was up next. The crowd lost their minds when they started testing the guitars. They were ready for some metal. Opening with “Stitch” and then into “Who I am”. Vocalist Briton Bond paced the stage as he ignited the fans to give the band everything they had. The crowd returned that energy as a circle pit was quickly formed. Flanking the singer were guitarist Seth Blake and Cody Quistad. The rhythm section consisted of bassist Chris Gaylord and drummer Stephen Kluesene. They ended their 10 song set with “Low”. The crowd was hype the entire show. Crowd surfing their way up front to get a high five from Briton. It seemed they were determined to make Beartooth really turn up the heat.
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after about 20 minutes, the lights dropped to the sound of ‘Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit blasting inside the House of Blues. The energy in the room took over and that circle pit Wage War started earlier, was now twice as big. Beartooth was now in command as they opened with “Below” and then “Devastation.” Vocalist Caleb Shomo took advantage of the big stage at HOB. Songs from ‘Disgusting’ included “Body Bag,” “In Between,” “Beaten In Lips” and “In Between. Caleb wasn’t the only one commanding some attention on stage. Guitarists Zach Houston and Will Deely along with bassist Oshie Bichar and drummer Connor Denis were all high energy and ready to go. They never let up 1 second and neither did the crowd. You could see the emotion and connection from the band and crowd. That connection is real, all those people screaming those lyrics wasn’t lost on Shomo.