Whitechapel are currently on tour with Asking Alexandria in support of both their most recent self-titled full-length album, and the re-issue of their debut album, The Somatic Defilment. The band will be highlighting some of the album’s fan favorites through a series of lyric videos. The first video to be released, Devirgination Studies, is making its worldwide debut today on MetalInsider.net. In addition to the video, fans can enter to win a signed ESP EC-10 guitar! Watch Devirgination Studies and enter to win now at metalinsider.net.
Whitechapel is going to release the remastered version of their debut album on April 16th and its one that both excites me and has me asking the question, “why?” I mean the album hasn’t been out that long and you would think the guys would rather record new material. Right? Then again, this album was one of the pioneering releases that put deathcore on the map. I bet if you ask a majority of Whitechapel fans, they’ll tell you that this was the album popped their deathcore cherry. Sure there had been groove death metal in the past, but The Somatic Defilement was something special and still is. To this day, its still my favorite release from them.
Aussie deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder have just released their newest album simply entitled “Hate” and it’s a massive punch to the senses. Of course, if you enjoy deathcore, this is a given and is probably already your favorite album of 2013. It’s angrier Whitechapel, it’s atmospheric homicidal music as it creates crime scene after crime scene of blood and guts. “Hate” is just that, pure fucking rage, hatred and fury. These guys take a a genre and ignite a flame under it’s ass and provide some neat twists. It’s not a technical mindfuck like Rings of Saturn, but it’s catchy as hell and it’s thirty six minutes of great headbang material.
The Scion AV
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The Scion Rock Fest has announced its full lineup. Scheduled for June 1, 2013, in Memphis, Tennessee, previously announced groups including Melvins, Municipal Waste and Pallbearer are joined by 17 additional acts including co-headliner Testament, plus Corrosion of Conformity, Whitechapel, Negative Approach and many more.
As always, Scion Rock Fest is a free event, but you must RSVP to attend. The RSVP will open on April 10, 2013, at the Scion AV website.
Here is the full list of Scion Rock Fest 2013 artists:
Death metal titans Six Feet Under have released their new album “Unborn” today and I’ve been jamming it for the past few weeks so I can give you a quality review on release date. It’s heavy, it’s ambient, it’s horror, gore and brutal. Yet, it doesn’t sound like a true Six Feet Under release. Sure Chris Barnes is still growling homicidal lyrics and I feel as if Steve Swanson isn’t even truly writing music anymore. It just feels like a death metal album with Chris Barnes hired on for vocal work.
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Whitechapel shot this footage over the summer for their song “Possibilities Of An Impossible Existence” from their new self titled album released just before Mayhem Fest. This is a multi, multi (No stutter, there are a shit load of cameras being used for this) angle shot with cameras on instruments, mics, buses, groupies as well as some shots from the audience. The video is good however the choppiness gives me a headache. Also, this poses the question…..who came up with the microphone camera idea first? Meshuggah or Whitechapel? I’ve never seen that being used before Meshuggah used it in a recent video, but obviously Whitechapel shot this over the summer way before that video was released. Hmm…
Oh well, if you saw Whitechapel live at Mayhem like I did, this will just make you relive those 5 minutes of sweltering heat and enjoying some good music from the stage.
Here is some Drum Cam footage from behind the kit. Drummer Ben Harclerode plays through each Whitechapel on their set for Mayhem Fest. At this particular day in Chicago, you see Ben in all of his glory and you also can see the other members on stage doing their thing and the crowd getting rowdy. It was a rad time at the Bonner Springs, KS show so it’s fun to relive my experience through this video. Watch the video after the jump.
Here is some neat footage from a youtuber who recently went to this show I missed out on. Enjoy the full show!! Starting with All Shall Perish, then Whitechapel and finally ending with Hatebreed.
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza is releasing their new album soon called “Danza IV – The Alpha – The Omega” and AP is premiering the new track over there right now! “The Alpha The Omega” is a heavy fuckin song and features guest vocals from Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel and Alex Erian of Obey The Brave and Despised Icon. It’s like those rap songs that features 3 rappers but a deathcore version of that.
A buddy needed my perspective on death metal, sub-genres and the difference between American metal and European metal. Here was my response:
My perspective on death metal is that it’s the most true form of expression in music to date. Not only in the topics and lyrical content but also in the music composition itself. It’s some of the most demanding and complex music to ever exist! From sludge & doom to technical & progressive, metal (especially death metal) covers a broad range of tempos, styles, topics and stories.
This week’s Behind the Kit series brings you Whitechapel‘s drummer Ben Harclerode and he performs two new Whitechapel songs and decimates them both. His unique patterns while maintaining a hyper sense of speed and brutality is just what Whitechapel needed to evolve their sound. His technique is awesome, he is a very strong drummer and catch him on tour this fall with Hatebreed!!!! You’ll see for yourself! Enjoy Mr. Harclerode’s drum videos for “Hate Creation” and “Section 8″.
Sun is out, people are pouring in, the parking lot is filled with random cars blaring all different types of music and people are pre-gaming with their own blend of toxicology before having to fork over 9 bucks for a beer. It must be the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival here at Sandstone!!!! Well it’s called Cricket Wireless now but we all know it as Sandstone Amphitheater. Things were about to get heavy here in the Midwest and we were taking the day off of work to enjoy it. The main entrance at Sandstone is always a long distance from the action on stage but there are many a merch booth and tents to grab your attention on the way over to the Jager stage and Sumerian Stage. There were tons of accessory tents filled with pipes, wrist guards, necklaces, shirts and even posters. Once you were past that and into the rear parking lot however, that’s where the fun and music was. This is where the headbanging took place, this is where the metal was for the afternoon.
WHITECHAPEL is teaming up with Turtle Beach for an exclusive giveaway. The contest, which kicks off today, gives fans a chance to win one of 16 prize packs, consisting of Turtle Beach gaming headsets, WHITECHAPEL Music (CD’s + LP’s), Metal Blade Records t-shirts, and more. A complete list of prizes and official contest rules can be found below.
Phil Bozeman, vocalist of WHITECHAPEL, is not only a gamer, but is also well known within the Call of Duty® community as an avid fan. With a strong interest in audio, Bozeman appreciates the nuances of quality game sound especially on the road or in studio. Turtle Beach primarily manufactures gaming headsets for major console use, and also provides a mobile series for gamers on-the-go, such as the WHITECHAPEL crew.
Head over to http://ow.ly/clZOP to enter for your chance to win!
2.The Darkest Day of Man
3.This Is Exile
6.Possibilities of an Impossible Existence
Whitechapel releases their new video today for their song “I, Dementia” and I gotta say that was pretty cool. I like the way it was shot, the effects used and the color choice. I also liked how it seemed Phil was battling with himself as he was talking to himself throughout the video. You would think the spinning sawblade effect would have got annoying but strangely enough it didn’t. Oh and the calm part in the middle was shot nice as well….good video!
Absolutepunk.net were able to bring us a track by track breakdown from guitarist Alex Wade and vocalist Phil Bozeman. I love reading track by track breakdowns from the bands and it seems Whitechapel have no problem explaining the reasons these songs are the way they are. Be sure to check out the original post.
09/13 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/15 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
09/16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/17 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
09/18 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
09/19 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
09/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09/21 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
09/22 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
09/23 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
09/24 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
09/25 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
09/26 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
09/28 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
09/29 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
09/30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/01 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/03 Austin, TX – Emo’s East
10/04 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/05 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/06 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
10/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/08 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
10/09 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
10/10 Richmond, VA – The National
10/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/12 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
Who put this Linkin Park on my Whitechapel album? Am I being trolled? Oh no it’s an actual emotional meaningful piano piece on a track called “Make It Bleed”. Makes sense. A lead comes in and we’re off into death metal territory. Ah, the familiarity of it all. The vocals are fast n raw, the riffs are more than deathchugs finally (They make appearances, don’t worry) and it’s not too shabby of an evolution/experimentation. Whitechapel’s new self titled release is not a return to form, sure there are some definite deathcore elements in the mix but it’s riffs, leads and other instruments all adding to the new sound that is Whitechapel. This new sound also has lost some power, except with the drumming, I feel the drumming on this album is the best yet. The riffs are pretty good but the interruption of random instruments mess with the flow of the album sometimes. Especially on the first track. There is also a nod to late 90′s early 2000′s nu-metal. It’s hard to not notice and associate the obvious music with that genre. Hate Creation is the first time you will notice this. With the little whisper to scream part, other than that the riffing and brutality on the track is damn good. Phil’s vocals are pretty gnarly on this track as well.
Head on over to Loudwire to listen to the new Whitechapel track “I, Dementia”. To be honest nothing I’ve heard has grabbed me yet. Seems like more of the same and evolution in music is a must. Being atmospheric doesn’t mean much when the ambiance isn’t that good. Some monotonous leads over a riff isn’t the right way to go if you’re wanting to expand, especially if you’ve done that twice before. Regardless, I’m still excited to hear the album in full. The song was pretty crunchy and I was enjoying it. Expect an album review soon. Enjoy.
Out June 19th via Metal Blade.