Album Review

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Tennessee’s own Whitechapel are at the head of the pack when it comes to the forerunning of the “deathcore” genre, alongside names like Suicide Silence, Job For A Cowboy, The Acacia Strain, All Shall Perish and many more. Now whilst this genre is the receiving end of excessive amounts of abuse by more “diehard metal fans” they would call themselves it also has some of the most dedicated and involved fans in the world! The sheer energy at Whitechapel’s live shows is hard to match with bands on an equal success level, as they move onto their 4th length studio album let’s see if they can keep their momentum at its all time high.

This latest output, the highly anticipated self titled release has got a lot to offer fans of this particular band and in fact the deathcore genre in general, as they’ve sprinkled those trademark aggressive breakdowns with forerunner vocalist Phil Bozeman whose distinctive vocals are powerful enough to disembowel any person within earshot, on display as top grade material are the likes of “Make It Bleed” with its spine chilling eerie piano inclusions, the instrumental “Devoid” oozing sheer class, “Dead Silence” with its beast like thick riffs thundering through and “Section 8” that has a tremendous breakdown at the end catching fans off guard. What I would like to mention is Bozeman’s attempt at speaking vocals, I’m not a fan of how they’ve been put down on this records, I’m all in favour of further experimentation with them but in this instance I just don’t feel they fit in with the tone of the album.

Concluding at around 37 minutes the albums isn’t too brief but not as long as most, displaying just the right amount of great material (and unfortunately some filler tunes as well) we’ve had a fair bit of fun with it. They manage to stick their claws down into their roots but bring in new tricks and bits to further their credentials as a forerunner in their respected genre.


Review by James Webb

 Band Members

Phil Bozeman
Ben Savage
Zach Householder
Alex Wade
Ben Harclerode
Gabe Crisp
 Track Listing

1. Make It Bleed
2. Hate Creation
3. (Cult)uralist
4. I, Dementia
5. Section 8
6. Faces
7. Dead Silence
8. The Night Remains
9. Devoid
10. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence

 Band Related Links
Whitechapel Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?