Whitechapel
The Somatic Defilement


2.5
average

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
January 7th, 2008 | 335 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whitechapel release 'The Somatic Defilement' but fail to make songs that capture the listener or are in any way memorable.

Metalcore, deathcore, grindcore...The use of the word 'core' has been thrown around so much in the past 3 or 4 years when describing metal. People tend to write off bands before they have even heard them just due to the 'label' that people have lumped them in with. Now I am a middle man, I like metalcore. I think there are still some bands that give metalcore a good name and continue to put out good releases with good music. There are a few that I think need to hang up the instruments and try something new. Now 'deathcore' is a very touchy genre. The majority of people who like death metal are VERY protective about what exactly qualifies as traditional death metal. The very mentioning of metalcore mixed with death metal sends some people into fits. I love traditional death metal, and I am a fan of deathcore and grindcore. Again in the same vein as metalcore, I feel there are some bands giving the genre a good name and vice versa. Whitechapel is another band that has been discovered through the internet community of myspace. But does this band of death metal inspired, young hooligans stand up to the hype?

To start this review off lets get something out of the way. No matter what anyone says, this band is in no way progressive. They bring NOTHING new to the table, the traditional fast guitars and break beat breakdowns are all over this cd. Also the band is in many ways in their infancy, they don’t have a lot of major tours or anything like that under their belt, so they are still coming into their own, and ill respect that.

First off, "The Somatic Defilement" is a very slickly produced album. Everything on this cd is equally heard (yes that includes bass) and everything sounds amazing. To some that may be a turn off due to most death metal records get their 'intensity' from not being the most amazingly produced album in history. But this one still manages to sound intense, even with its slick production. The album as a whole is relatively the same the whole way through. Songs don’t vary too much from one to the other and some are very easy to forget. The one thing this band banks on is their vocalist. His gutturals are really good. He has other ranges that he hits but his lows are the highlight of the cd. His vocals shine on songs like "The Somatic Defilement" "Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation" and "Vicer Exciser". But just about everything else on the cd is what you would call 'generic'. There are no memorable guitar riffs or amazing drumming. Now I'm not saying that these guys aren't talented, but they just don’t make you go "Wow now that’s a crazy riff/drumming." Like I said above these guys are not progressive in any way shape or form. But these guys are intense; they definitely don’t short on that at all.

There are only a few tracks worth mentioning on this cd. The First is the title track "The Somatic Defilement" after a brief intro this song launches into a faced paced drum solo that kicks in with a huge guttural low and grindcore-y riff. The song has some cool lyrics but nothing really worth mentioning. The other song worth mentioning is "Vicer Exciser" this song features some of the only respectable riffing on the entire disc. Coupled with some awesome lyrics in the breakdown, "And I will spit right you f***ing face. How does it taste? After the lips are sealed below your waist. You will never f*** again!" Right before launching into a well placed off timed breakdown. But other than that, this cd fails to capture any memorable moments or anything worth mentioning.

Altogether this cd delivers on the intensity scale and doesn’t let up through even one song. But it sacrifices ingenuity or any shred of memorability. This cd is just plain average. None of the songs are bad to say the least. But they just don’t hit as hard as they aim to. Again I give this band credit for being young and coming into their own. I would love to hear some music from down the road from these guys. And I hope they can find the formula they need to capture some more listeners and make some more memorable death metal/deathcore songs.

Pros-
Intensity

Cons-
Not that exciting
Nothing that makes this cd standout
Songs sound very similar to other songs



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bigdickedguy (1.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
masscows
January 7th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=review]And the very mention or thought of a breakdown mixed with death metal is considered blasphemous[/quote]This sentence is dumb because Suffocation, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia, Dying Fetus, Aborted...etc...are all death metal bands that use breakdowns and aren't considered blasphemers (and they have been doing it for well over a decade). Change that sentence to something like..."and the very mention of metalcore mixed with death metal is considered blasphemous" or something.

Other than that, decent review, I'll vote if you clean it up a little.

I think this band kinda sucks though.

beans
January 7th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aight man will do, i just thought since people who see breakdowns in death metal usually hate the band, but ill get that outta there.

Killed4less
January 7th 2008


328 Comments


I simply don't understand how bands like this can receive any popularity. Poor, unoriginal and emotionless songwriting = bad music so why do people listen to this shit? It's not even that "intense" or "brutal" I mean there are acoustic songs that are so much more emotionally intense than any "deathcore" band ever has been.

masscows
January 7th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

just a little tip, say album instead of cd, and if you're really intent on saying CD you should capitalize it (Being extremely nit-picky).

Voted.


I simply don't understand how bands like this can receive any popularity. Poor, unoriginal and emotionless songwriting = bad music so why do people listen to this shit? It's not even that "intense" or "brutal" I mean there are acoustic songs that are so much more emotionally intense than any "deathcore" band ever has been.
Because some idiots just like it loud.This Message Edited On 01.07.08

beans
January 7th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haha yeah ok ill make sure to do that in future reviews this is only my 3rd one so im still working out the kinks, but thanks for the vote

Killed4less
January 7th 2008


328 Comments


^Truth

By the way pretty good review but I don't see how this could even be considered average.

beans
January 7th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cause it didnt bring anything new to the table but it was a 'horrible' cd it just wasnt that memorable imo

Essence
January 7th 2008


3585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think he actually meant it was worse. I liked it. Good review though

Killed4less
January 7th 2008


328 Comments


Yeah I meant it was way below average.

beans
January 7th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i got that lolThis Message Edited On 01.07.08

Shred Danson
January 8th 2008


118 Comments


This cd wasn't on Metal Blade, it was on Siege of Amida/Candlelight. They just signed a deal with Metal Blade a couple months ago.

Fucking bastards.....

beans
January 8th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh really? i thought it was on metal blade, thats what it said on thier myspace page so i just went off that.

Confessed2005
January 8th 2008


3314 Comments


This sounds as it if it would be in the same vein as Suicide Silence's album. Good for an odd song but as a whole, pretty boring.

Good review.

Wizard
January 8th 2008


19448 Comments


Nice review. I heard one song by these guys and I was not turned on.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Shred Danson
January 8th 2008


118 Comments


"oh really? i thought it was on metal blade, thats what it said on thier myspace page so i just went off that."

Yeah they actually released this album on Siege of Amida/Candlelight Records in August.

I've heard some of the stuff they're working on for the new cd and it's a vast improvement from this album. A lot more techy stuff, etc etc.


beans
January 9th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

awesome, i was hoping that they would step it up on the next record. they werent horribly bad by any means on this record it just seems like they need to mature thier sound a little. but im glad to hear that its much more techy stuff on thier next album, should be good...

Essence
January 10th 2008


3585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They also lost a guitarist

Shattered
January 10th 2008


44 Comments


Not to bad of an album. I feel like they are going for the whole who can be the most brutal feel...which is sorta lame. I want to see them live before i pass judgment tho.

beans
January 10th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they're nothing special live man, just the usual

i am the robots
January 10th 2008


1027 Comments


idk, by all accounts they're damn good live



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