Whitechapel
A New Era of Corruption


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (65 Reviews)
June 4th, 2010 | 194 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whitechapel mature and show that they want to do something memorable

Deathcore has always been a very hit-or-miss genre of music, one that a very select few people actually appreciate and has spawned hundreds of terrible bands trying to create music that is listenable but fail miserably. One of the “unique” bands to come out of the genre is Whitechapel, who have stood out among the bands in their genre because some of their music is actually tolerable. Their debut, The Somatic Defilement, was rather poor, but there were glimpses of potential hidden within the record. The title track was an example of this, with vocalist Phil Bozeman unleashing a ferocious, guttural growl at 0:23 into the song and had a tasteful outro. Their follow up, 2008’s This is Exile, refined their musical approach and focused a lot on their triple guitar attack as well as the vocals. On this latest effort, entitled A New Era of Corruption, the band have pushed their sound even further and brought in a few guests, resulting in their best work to date.

Part of what makes Whitechapel tolerable is their vocalist and their unique approach to the guitar sound. Phil Bozeman is a talented death metal vocalist, and he is one of the main strong points of the band. His growls and screams drive the music, and on this record he implements new styles of screaming into his vocals. This helps keep the songs interesting and not bore the listener with a half hour of low screams over and over again. The guitar work is also a plus, and while 3 guitars is a bit excessive and doesn’t always sound great live, Whitechapel manage to have some great riffing here and there and the leads are also interesting. The bass can sometimes be heard sometimes too, which is another plus as it didn’t have any particular role in earlier efforts and was drowned out by the triple guitar distortion. Kevin Lane’s drumming is also another important factor in the band. He clearly is a talented death metal drummer and is relentless behind his kit.

Another thing that makes this album different from anything else Whitechapel have done is the addition of guest vocalists. Chino Moreno has a small part in “Reprogrammed to Hate”, which is easily one of the best songs on the album. Its heavy, it’s got Chino’s screams, and it actually has a pretty good solo. The part where Chino and Phil scream together is just ***ing awesome, it reminds me of Chinos ending scream from “Royal” on Diamond Eyes but it’s mixed with Phil’s intense low scream. Vincent Bennett makes an appearance on “Murder Sermon”, which is also pretty well done and is a nice switch-up in the song’s overall heavy sound, but it still fails in comparison to “Reprogrammed to Hate”. The beginning of the album is very strong and promising, but it loses steam towards the end.

In a genre of bands who come and go and don’t do anything to keep us interested, Whitechapel are clearly showing that they want to do something memorable. This is proven on their maturation with A New Era of Corruption. They simply won’t back down and seem to be getting better with each album, and who knows, maybe they’ll put out something even more surprising in the future.



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    A marvelous take on death metal with some flaws that drag it back....

    emoslayer139 (4)
    A New Era of Corruption is one of the better deathcore albums out right now, while not the...

    pcar (3.5)
    Whitechapel shows they could very well be a standout in their genre....

    Darion Paone (4)
    Whitechapel's follow-up to "This is Exile" proves to be an excellent follow up, proving th...

  • BringMeABrick (4)
    A New Era of Corruption is a remarkably fun, brutal, and enlightening experience. It is, w...

    BringMeTheWaffles. (4.5)
    Although some songs could be considered generically composed, the majority of the album is...

    Sean (3.5)
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  • John Henry Pitts, III (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nikkolae
June 4th 2010


4849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

idk what to make out of this review, its well written but you rarely talk about the album (you only got one paragraph of actually talking about the sound of the album), review was okey i guess

ShadowRemains
June 4th 2010


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nice review, pos'd

I don't like Whitechapel, but I might give this a chance

eternium
June 4th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think I'm going to listen to this. Especially for the song with Chino.

Klekticist
June 4th 2010


1259 Comments


yeah, decent review. if this continues to get praise, i might check this out. historically have not cared for them.

Nikkolae
June 4th 2010


4849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it actually is their best album, has alot more meat to it than say This Is Exile, im not saying you HAVE to check it out, but what do you got to loose?

TheFantasticDangler
June 4th 2010


1159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, the last song has one of the better break downs I've heard, pos'd.

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

bloc
June 4th 2010


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha, I don't even remember Chino being on this

KnuckleChowder
June 4th 2010


157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Decent review. You hardly even talked about the album, and when referring to the musicianship of each member you just said they were 'good' at what they do, which I don't feel is anywhere near enough explanation needed for someone completely new to the genre/band to understand.

BassDemon333
June 4th 2010


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks for the pos' guys, now that I think of it, I should have spent some more time talking about the album itself.....

Reprogrammed and Devolver are my favorites off of this right now.

InFiction
June 4th 2010


3668 Comments


Nice review. I think I'll listen to the stream today and give my opinion later.

Carnifex
June 4th 2010


1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is insanely good imo, I'll be spinning this for years after release jus sayin.

Dryden
June 4th 2010


12928 Comments


omg another album i have to hide from my brother

eternium
June 4th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol, Carnifex.

bloc
June 4th 2010


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I dunno, although this is different than their previous stuff (and way better) it's still not really my thing. Even my rating of 3 is a bit too generous.

Ulsufyring
June 5th 2010


1724 Comments


they are still only meh live

Dryden
June 5th 2010


12928 Comments


i know the second i leave this house little deathcore kids will run all around me playing this so i must never go outside ever again omg

Ire
June 5th 2010


41787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

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PanasonicYouth
June 5th 2010


7411 Comments


why the fuck does this have a 3.7
i thought we came to the consensus that whitechapel is shitty
what the hell

Ire
June 5th 2010


41787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

nah bro they are a sick as fuck as fuck as sick as fuck as fuckin sick suckin sick as fuck. : 3

PanasonicYouth
June 5th 2010


7411 Comments


jun jun?



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