Whitechapel
Whitechapel


4.0
excellent

Review

by dunksman23 USER (6 Reviews)
June 20th, 2012 | 112 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whitechapel strip away the excess core and breakdowns to produce their most solid effort.

Whitechapel has been a very consistent band throughout their existence. Each band member has undeniable talent with their respective instruments (whether or not they show it often is another matter), yet they have previously lacked the focus to create an album that truly separates them from the horde of deathcore bands.

Self-titled albums usually signify some sort of significance, detailing either a band cementing their unique sound or a change of direction (Metallica anyone?). Whitechapel has created both. Whilst still undoubtedly a Whitechapel record, they have matured rather than evolved their sound into a more focused and complete effort. Moments such as 2:27 into "Dead Silence" shows an example of the numerous moments in this album where Whitechapel opt for a solo or riff, rather than descending into the cookie cutter method of slowing things down for a "huge" breakdown. It is moments like these that show Whitechapel attempting to break free of the mould many have come to expect from them, and show that they are not slaves to their scene.

The unique fell that Whitechapel is aiming for is best shown on "Make it Bleed". This is the perfect opening track for "Whitechapel" (album), as it does a very good job of demonstrating their new mature sound. This is best demonstrated at the 2:25 mark, where the first breakdown of the album is accompanied with very tasteful and effective soloing. Had the breakdown been without the solo, it would have just like another Whitechapel breakdown, however the solo and breakdown complement each other very well. This gives us avery good taste of what to expect from the rest of the tracks on the album; Whitechapel without the nonsense.

Another medium Whitechapel has sought to utilise is the incorporation of Djent. Whilst not used as well as bands in similar genres, such as The Contortionist or Born of Osiris, it helps to provide something that is lacking in many recent deathcore and death metal releases; album variation. Whitechapel's use of various extreme metal "tools" prevent the listener from feeling like they have heard the same song twice in an album. Yet if genres are really that important to you, Whitechapel's new sound could be best described as a slow, rhythm (groove??) based death metal/core with hints of Meshuggah and Dying Fetus.

Despite the improvements and sound maturation that Whitechapel has undergone, whether or not you will like this album all comes down to taste. This is still Whitechapel. The breakdowns may be reduced (seriously), and the song writing ethic may be more about writing complete songs rather than scene anthems, yet if you hated Whitechapel before, this wil not change your mind. If you were partial to Whitechapel or thought they were just average then I'd advise you to give this a good listen. This is Whitechapel trying hard to be different.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dunksman23
June 20th 2012


215 Comments


Chuck us some feedback dudes. Try n be nice

BigPleb
June 20th 2012


36683 Comments


Decent review man, have a pos.

Never been a huge fan of this band but may give this a chance.

'Another medium Whitechapel has sought to utilise is the incorporation of Djent'

Dear god...

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dunksman23
June 20th 2012


215 Comments


The djent influences isn't as extreme as bands like BoO or TC, it's subtle but noticeable.

An cheers for the pos

Shuyin
June 20th 2012


11642 Comments


album was extremely meh tbh

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

BigPleb
June 20th 2012


36683 Comments


Haha Snide.

BodomThrashMachine
June 20th 2012


316 Comments


Very *very* mediocre band. Review was alright though.

inca829
June 20th 2012


15 Comments


Wasn't planning on listening to this, but after the reading the review I'll give it a shot

Pos

Devastator
June 20th 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's better than and different from anything they've ever done. Might bump it up a .5, good review but you neglected to mention the best part of the album in Phil Bozeman. Pos none the lest though.

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TBliss2
June 20th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool album

botb
June 20th 2012


9681 Comments


first album is their best

BassDemon333
June 20th 2012


3377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They were definitely trying to progress with this one but its just so average and boring, their earlier stuff wasn't technical or anything but it was still fun

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saucy
June 20th 2012


342 Comments


Album is boring as shit.

corycantrell
June 20th 2012


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good review man im really digging this cause ive always been a big fan of whitechapel. and im glad that they have matured into something alittle different. id give it a 4 to

TooLateToGoBack
June 20th 2012


1765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos'd.

I have a soft spot for these guys, for whatever reason, so I'm probably gonna enjoy the album. I really liked "Hate Creation", so this should be good.

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Spec
June 20th 2012


27173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"signify some sort of significance" lol

Besides that, good review.

JAXETA
June 20th 2012


779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sick album

Turtlestlker
June 20th 2012


821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


The unique fell that Whitechapel is aiming for is best shown on "Make it Bleed".
Do you mean Feel?

joshuahuntkc
June 20th 2012


1583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's hardly Djent, just djent type tones, ussually due to the 7 and 8 string guitars, its a much cleaner type of tone to use. More and more metal bands are discovering it and utilizing it.

Mathycore
June 20th 2012


6 Comments


I don't really care for this band.

dunksman23
June 21st 2012


215 Comments


I was referring to the occasional meshuggah-esque breakdown/riff that white chapel use in this album



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