This is a quite impressing trio from Dallas, Texas, formed in 2007 by Scott Addison – bass/vocals, Jason Roe – drums and Andrew Hawkins – guitar/vocals and “Atrophy” is their debut full-length album.
This is not a conventional death metal album, Baring Teeth combine very inspired technical death metal with experimental/dark and post-metal colours, they coming on a path of modern metal without being trendy, there’s nothing about matchcore and (fake) post-hardcore, but about contorted, dark and extremely heavy exploration of the borders of metal. This may take you out of the conventional – comfortable – area of (metal) music, but reveals another dimension, perspective of it.
Music – arts, generally speaking – is about express yourself, not copying patters, generally accepted forms and expressions. Anyway, it should be about your own way to express moods, thoughts, feelings and not about satisfying others needs and demands. Obviously when music became business and entertainment, the essence of it was lost and diluted till almost complete annihilation. Baring Teeth seems to ignore the industries demands and expose them self by delivering their own music. For the indoctrinated “modern” consumer this might be quite confusing and some may even jump and scream “blasphemy!”, but “Atrophy” still is a very intense, disturbing piece of death metal creation.
Eight tracks, slow parts, gloomy contortions are combined and balanced with extremely heavy, technical and grinding metal eruptions, their music is quite complex, but still spacy, fulfilled with atmosphere, tension and dark, but sparkling elements.
Not an easy-listening, definitively, sometimes it sounds quite schizophrenic in deed, but quite unique and absolutely Baring Teeth.