Whitechapel
This Is Exile


4.5
superb

Review

by GhettoIndieshit USER (3 Reviews)
February 19th, 2011 | 29 replies | 4,872 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The magnum opus by deathcore’s undeserved target of hate.

Whitechapel is a deathcore band from Tennessee that emerged in 2007 with their first album The Somatic Defilement. TSD was a concept album about the life and times of Jack The Ripper and the name of the band is a reference to a part of London where the said occurrences took place. Many pass Whitechapel off as yet another unnecessary band in a bloated and talentless genre riddled with lazy songs arrangements and little or no technical ability, completely untrue. This Is Exile is the epitome of what deathcore should be.

The album opens with Father of Lies. The three guitarists unleash a dizzying barrage of notes set to a quick drum fill followed by a gut-renching low growl courtesy of vocalist Phil Bozeman. The structure of the song is progressive in its own right because the band never really repeats anything but they flow from one idea to the next seamlessly. At around 1:35 the band segues into a melodic bridge alien to their contemporaries but this is only the calm before the storm. All hell breaks looks as they launch into a dissonant breakdown as Bozeman declares “My procreator, stand your ***ing ground”. The breakdown rhythm carries through the rest of the song but it’s the melodic lead part courtesy of Zach Householder that gives the song and almost ambient feel until it’s fade out.

The next five tracks aim straight for your throat with a murderous intent. The title track and Possession are two of the band’s most famous songs and with good reason. The interplay between the three guitarists is exceptional on the intro of this song. The tension builds and builds as the guitarists make use of the ever popular first fret dissonant chord prevalent in today’s “core” scene and unleash an off time breakdown, can you say fresh? Possession is the clincher; every member is on top of their game on this song. The song follows along the same lines as it’s predecessors as it chooses flow over repetition. The highlight of the song is arguably the catchiest part the band has ever written; the part that will ensure maximum crowd participation. At 2:15 Bozeman grabs your attention and screams “We are the disease that spreads amongst this filthy race”, commenting on the fact that society’s downfall is in fact the very people who make up its populous.

Death Becomes Him is the classic track on the album, a heavy yet beautiful instrumental only lasting 3:18. Once again the band showcases an almost ambient influence in this track, and gives further proof that these are the saviors of “core” music in general. While the track features a fair amount of chugging the lead parts once again keep the riff from sounding stale (a technique that is a common element of contemporaries The Acacia Strains’ signature sound).

This Is Exile is a spectacular album that demonstrates how this genre should sound; even the lyrics are excellent, providing a dark outlook on how corruption has led our society down a dark path. Each member is of a high level of technical proficiency with their respective instruments and (more importantly) they are also growing as songwriters. This Is Exile is THE deathcore album.


Pros:
-Insane drumming
-Brilliant guitar interplay
-Mature songwriting
-Vocals are top notch


Recommended Tracks:
-Father of Lies
-Death Becomes Him
-To All That Are Dead


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Samuel Mclean (4.5)
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Brandon Burton (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
GhettoIndieshit
February 19th 2011



507 Comments


This is the byproduct of me being a fanboy and this needing a positive review. Any suggestions on my writing?

Counterfeit
February 19th 2011



17819 Comments


stop

climactic
February 19th 2011



18868 Comments


overhated...but still not very good

climactic
February 19th 2011



18868 Comments


these are the saviors of “core” music in general.


dumb thing to say

GhettoIndieshit
February 19th 2011



507 Comments


@Climactic You're right, but I didn't want to right deathcore 50 times lol does the review suck?

ZilbelPing
February 19th 2011



6159 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This, their new one, and The Price of Existence is probably the only good deathcore out there.
These guys kick ass live.

05McDonaldT
February 19th 2011



268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The review's very well written, this albums good, a bit repetitive towards the second half, but there was potential here and the band delivered on that with a new era of corruption

Dryden
February 19th 2011



12928 Comments


lol

05McDonaldT
February 19th 2011



268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dryden returns posting the usual drivel

Dryden
February 19th 2011



12928 Comments


u know it

Relinquished
February 19th 2011



24988 Comments


Death Becomes Him isn't that bad tbh

TheyTookErrJobs
February 19th 2011



283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. I especially like 'Eternal Refuge'. Such a good song....

Oh and yeah their drummer is ridiculous

DinoX
February 19th 2011



3582 Comments


Fuck the haters I love Whitechapel. I never liked this album nearly as much as their other albums but it is still good.

Gorification
February 19th 2011



1124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

only good whitechapel album.

DinoX
February 19th 2011



3582 Comments


No, A New Era Of Corruption is amazing.

loveisamixtape
February 19th 2011



5994 Comments


i prefer a new era of corruption, but this album is great. pos

Tyrael
February 20th 2011



20866 Comments


Woohoo

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Oceans
February 20th 2011



934 Comments


band has potential, they just need to be less generic deathcore

jayfatha
February 20th 2011



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whitechapel owns. idk why deathcore gets so much hate

Oceans
February 20th 2011



934 Comments


Because most of it is bad



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