Beartooth's Caleb Shomo: "With this album, it was about working the choruses into all of the riffs. The riffs were always the priority in the writing process"

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Caleb Shomo always knew Beartooth’s fourth album, Below, was going to be about the riff.

Having spent well over a year touring Disease, arguably the punk outfit's most pop-leaning record, Shomo wanted to kick things up a notch and put the emphasis back on high-octane chugs and killer riffage. 

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.