Whitechapel Embrace the Cleans

2019-03-21 by Matthias812 | 106 Comments
Whitechapel has released the fourth single and music video "Hickory Creek" from their upcoming LP entitled 'The Valley', set for March 29th. The latest song shows the band experimenting further into a softer approach with the album being a concept to vocalist Phil Bozeman's upbringing.

Hear the single below:




Tagged: Whitechapel

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Hellscythe
March 21st 2019
3511 Comments


when did these guys decide they wanted to become the Katatonia of deathcore?

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LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
March 21st 2019
557 Comments


I uh

wow

those comments under that are uh, yea

WeepinnWillow
March 21st 2019
385 Comments


Phil's cleans are...good. Its a bloody miracle.

take notes, Eddie Hermida

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auberginedreams
March 21st 2019
6317 Comments


It’s not awful but it reminds me more of Staind than I’d like it to.

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Ignimbrite
March 21st 2019
6528 Comments


i actually... like this?

Laen
March 21st 2019
162 Comments


hey, that was actually really good

FearThyEvil
March 21st 2019
16784 Comments


That wasn't bad at all tbh.

MotokoKusanagi
March 21st 2019
1750 Comments


i'll probably never listen to that again but it wasn't as bad as i expected

Doctuses
March 21st 2019
1916 Comments


beyond atrocious, band should be banned from having news threads

travisaurusrex
March 21st 2019
44 Comments


not bad but diff

TheNotrap
March 21st 2019
10213 Comments


It reminds me of Creed, not my thing

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Ninjahague
March 21st 2019
1169 Comments


this is fucking great posers begone

zaruyache
March 21st 2019
20652 Comments


this does sound like Katatonia with downtuned guitars a bit.

Hellscythe
March 21st 2019
3511 Comments


even has the same producer/mix engineer as the last few Katatonia albums, as it turns out.

Storm In A Teacup
March 21st 2019
26479 Comments


seen this band live 11 times and never was it intentional lol. amazing live band though.

Storm In A Teacup
March 21st 2019
26479 Comments


and this is the best song I've ever heard from them!

Tyler.
March 21st 2019
16668 Comments


this was not enjoyasble

deathschool
March 21st 2019
23916 Comments


I mean it sucks ass, but it could definitely get radio play. Reminds me of Stone Sour.

Doctuses
March 21st 2019
1916 Comments



"I mean it sucks ass, but it could definitely get radio play. Reminds me of Stone Sour." aka gay

AdolfChrist
March 21st 2019
20652 Comments


i think its hilarious when these deathcore bands start doing metalcore with clean singing and then call it experimentation and maturation.

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Keyblade
March 21st 2019
26993 Comments


this is basically stone sour lol

Faraudo
March 21st 2019
2814 Comments


Not bad at all smh

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Hellscythe
March 21st 2019
3511 Comments


list of things this doesn't sound like: 1. Staind 2. Creed 3. Stone Sour

artiswar
March 21st 2019
7281 Comments


On the one hand yeah it's ridiculous that incorporating clean singing somehow constitutes experimentation, but on the other Phil is the fucking man and his cleans sound amazing, like a cross between Maynard and Akerfeldt. The real crime here is why is he only gracing us now with these angelic melodies, where was this 10 years ago? This is shaping up to possibly be the best WC record

bloc
March 21st 2019
55048 Comments


I was hoping they would go more towards a Rivers Of Nihil sound, but imo it was a bit too much like Demon Hunter. Not bad though

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artiswar
March 21st 2019
7281 Comments


Demon Hunter lol

AdolfChrist
March 21st 2019
20652 Comments


i actually liked this up until the chorus. too alt-metally for me.

Relinquished
March 21st 2019
39585 Comments


lmao the corey taylor mannerisms are on full blast

Relinquished
March 21st 2019
39585 Comments


hell you’re in denial

TheGreatQ
March 21st 2019
2794 Comments


Weren’t there cleans on a couple of the songs on the last album?

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AdolfChrist
March 21st 2019
20652 Comments


looks like they want to go the BMTH route.

$$$$$$$

Hellscythe
March 21st 2019
3511 Comments


"hell you’re in denial"

no it's more like this legitimately sounds nothing like any of those bands. I could see a case for a FFDP comparison or some shit but nothing about this sounds like post-grunge.

at any rate this is the only song like this on the album and a lot of it is some of their heaviest shit in nearly a decade so this is hardly selling out or going BMTH

JayEnder
March 21st 2019
3518 Comments


Phil can actually sing pretty well damn

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J0ckstrapsFTW
March 21st 2019
3761 Comments


uhhhhhhh da fuq

going from "you will never fuck again" to cleans...

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dfevil085
March 21st 2019
1413 Comments


This reminds me of some 2000s alt metal yeah. Surprisingly good tho

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2019
56526 Comments


alt metal should be eradicated





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TheWonderSoFar
March 21st 2019
3840 Comments


Okay track

Darius the Great
March 21st 2019
20127 Comments


bargain bin slipknot

also please stop comparing this to katatonia, these nerds are not even in the same ballpark

Hellscythe
March 21st 2019
3511 Comments


katatonia are my all time favorite band and I agree, but similar vibe =/= same quality

zaruyache
March 21st 2019
20652 Comments


that's such a weird critique to make. it's pretty obviously trying to be katatonia-esque and obviously not very effectively.

Wayfarer1991
March 21st 2019
40 Comments


LOL

jouroboros
March 21st 2019
32 Comments


I feel like the majority of people will listen to this song once and be done with it. But I've gave it a few listens, and it's quite a grower of a song. It gives me a nostalgic feeling of early 2000s alternative power rock/radio rock but the essence of Whitechapel is still apparent. I think I'll enjoy this album

naughtcturnal
March 21st 2019
861 Comments


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA EEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Hellscythe
March 21st 2019
3511 Comments


very mature and insightful comments itt

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


"this is hardly selling out or going BMTH"

i havent heard the rest of the album so i cant comment on that, but both bands obviously went for the radio sound for the $$$, so yeah, maybe they didnt go full BMTH but their intentions are the same.

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


it's just one song on the album and it's basically a ballad written about phil's mom, so I'm pretty sure the intention was not just radio sound for the $$$.

but I guess you must know more about the band's intentions than they do lol

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


i dont know better, i just know the same as they do that this is for the $$$.

jouroboros
March 22nd 2019
32 Comments


if it was for money, why would they remain on Metal Blade and potentially alienate 90% of their fanbase. If anything, it's not for $$$ at all.

deathschool
March 22nd 2019
23916 Comments


There’s no way they recorded an obvious attempt at a radio single as a “fuck you” artistic statement lmao.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


"if it was for money, why would they remain on Metal Blade and potentially alienate 90% of their fanbase."

well, first of all, Metal Blade is one of the biggest metal labels in the world obviously, and Whitechapel are one of the biggest bands on that label, so im sure Metal Blade are treating them very well. so why would they not stay on it?...secondly, i guarantee if they get big enough, they will jump ship and join a label that makes them more money. and even if they dont switch labels, more fans still = more money. so the fact that they haven't left Metal Blade yet doesnt mean shit.

also, take a look at all the other bands that risked alienating their fanbases and ended up getting even bigger. In Flames, All That Remains, BMTH, etc. if you can get a song on the radio, who really gives a shit if you alienate some of your fanbase? youll have gained more fans than you lost.

"If anything, it's not for $$$ at all."

lol

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


nobody even called it a fuck you or an artistic statement.

this isn't an In Flames situation. if even half the album was like this I'd agree with you, but this is one song on an album you haven't even heard the rest of. I don't really even like these guys that much and this song is average as fuck, but come on. I'm sure they're aware it has commercial appeal but I'm also pretty sure they didn't write a song dedicated to their singer's dead mother just for a few extra spotify plays. this stuck up attitude of "band wrote a ballad, automatic sellouts!" is fucking stupid.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


"this isn't an In Flames situation."

i mean, they went from a heavy as fuck deathcore band to something that could be a Stone Sour song played on 93x...

edit: oops forgot not everyone is from my state, thats the rock/"metal" (but not really metal) station here.

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


on one song. when most of the rest of the album is heavy as fuck deathcore.

deathschool
March 22nd 2019
23916 Comments



“nobody even called it a fuck you or an artistic statement.”

I was referring to the comment above mine:
“If anything, it's not for $$$ at all.“

Saying they didn’t do it for the money implies they did for themselves, and an extreme departure in sound as a teaser for things to come typically implies that a band is saying fuck it to expectations that surround them. Use basic context clues.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


"on one song. when most of the rest of the album is heavy as fuck deathcore."

sure, for now. i bet they'll continue further down this path. theyre probably just testing the waters with this.

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


whatever you say, miss cleo.

deathschool
March 22nd 2019
23916 Comments


They will absolutely go full Foo Fighters if this song does well.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


"whatever you say, miss cleo."

lol i mean, take a look at any other band that starts down that route, they all do the same thing. its not hard to predict.

deathschool
March 22nd 2019
23916 Comments


When you see them im 2021, they’re gonna open with a cover of Monkey Wrench, I swear to you.

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


these guys were already basically a mainstream metal band to begin with, but do you actually think every single heavy band that puts a single ballad on their album is doing it because they're secretly plotting to become the next Imagine Dragons?

deathschool
March 22nd 2019
23916 Comments


Yes

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


I will gladly admit that I'm wrong if they end up releasing the next Battles, but apparently I'm just not cynical and trve enough to assume that a band that's already commercially successful including a relatively softer song outside of their usual formula on an album containing some of their heaviest stuff in years irrefutably means they're money-hungry disingenuous pop-rock wannabe sellouts.

auberginedreams
March 22nd 2019
6317 Comments


This actually grew on me hard. A little cheesy but actually pretty good.

auberginedreams
March 22nd 2019
6317 Comments


This actually grew on me hard. A little cheesy but actually pretty good. As much as I loved their first album back in the day I’m glad they’ve moved beyond the stupid gore and rape lyrics.

Zackkkk
March 22nd 2019
105 Comments


I actually really like the cleans. His style is very refreshing for this genre. Usually it’s high pitched whiny singing, but this dude pulls in some serious Maynard/Akerfeldt vibes. My favorite so far is the When A Demon Defiles A Witch track.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


im not hearing Maynard or Akerfeldt, idk what you guys are talking about.

Hellscythe
March 22nd 2019
3511 Comments


def not Akerfeldt but the Maynard influence is all over it and the other song with cleans.

Zackkkk
March 22nd 2019
105 Comments


Clean vocals are Maynard inspired, but his screams are full on Akerfeldt.

naughtcturnal
March 22nd 2019
861 Comments


hearing a bit of tiny tim and a bit of lord worm

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


maybe like a lower, less nasally version of Maynard i guess. definitely no Akerfeldt in there. its just one little backup part and it doesnt sound as gravelly or low and throaty as Akerfeldt. the one other screaming part in there is so far from anything Akerfelt that i have to assume youre not talking about that one.

Storm In A Teacup
March 22nd 2019
26479 Comments


if a band has been around long enough for me to accidentally see them a dozen times i'm pretty sure they've earned the right to make whatever music they want to...as if there is some kind of prerequisite for making the music you want to make.....jesus....

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


Lol no one said they cant make the music they want to make, youre arguing against no one. Its not even a right that needs to be earned.

Storm In A Teacup
March 22nd 2019
26479 Comments


oh im sure someone said it but im not willing to find out!

Zackkkk
March 22nd 2019
105 Comments


I was referring to all of the new songs as a whole when I compared his screams to Akerfeldt. Not this song that was posted.

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
March 22nd 2019
557 Comments


akerfeldt comparisons in the whitechapel thread. I really hate this timeline we stumbled upon

Relinquished
March 22nd 2019
39585 Comments


more corey taylor than anyone else, the AHIG era singing is strong af here

InFlamesWeThrash666
March 22nd 2019
8841 Comments


not bad

edit: it sounds like Stone Sour/Slipknot agreed

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Zackkkk
March 22nd 2019
105 Comments


Seriously just listen to the other new track Third Depth. You can’t deny the Akerfeldt comparison with his screams.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2019
20652 Comments


Just listened, theyre still very deathcore-ish vocals which Akerfeldt does not have at all, so still no.

NonApplicable
March 22nd 2019
2683 Comments


Adolf you gotta chill man.

artiswar
March 22nd 2019
7281 Comments


lol I think people are comparing the cleans to Akerfeldt or Maynard, not the deathcore vocals. Except for Zack I guess.

Nikkolae
March 22nd 2019
5427 Comments


dont even bring Akerfeldt into this, this is at most Corey Taylor-ish

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artiswar
March 22nd 2019
7281 Comments


Corey's singing has never once sent a chill down my spine, so no

MindStatic
March 22nd 2019
25 Comments


Not as bad as the clean vocals from Cult Leader's last album, but still mediocre at best. The solo doesn't fit at all with the rest of the song, it has no feeling or subtleness. it feels like it's just been slapped on for good measure.

artiswar
March 22nd 2019
7281 Comments


that elusive 'subtleness' is such a bitch...

alamo
March 22nd 2019
1209 Comments


OoOoOrAnGe......oOoOoRaNgE...

Zackkkk
March 22nd 2019
105 Comments


Ok you’re all right. His screams don’t sound like Akerfeldt. I was wrong.

Tyler.
March 22nd 2019
16668 Comments


shut up zack

hal1ax
March 22nd 2019
13485 Comments


don't rattle the opeth fanatics pls they're a sensitive people

Tyler.
March 22nd 2019
16668 Comments


https://open.spotify.com/track/1V4jC0vJ5525lEF1bFgPX2?si=gd-4zX_2RjaIkH_vZo4RFQ

NewBallistics
March 23rd 2019
868 Comments


His cleans are still entirely way too low in the mix. I can make out most of the chorus but the verses are nothing but mumbling.

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captaincrunch11
March 25th 2019
1509 Comments


Pretty shitty tbh

Deubah
March 25th 2019
61 Comments


this kind of does sound like katatonia in some weird dumb way


artiswar
March 25th 2019
7281 Comments


lol yeah kinda. album is cool. this is how you reinvent your sound, take note Suicide Silence

DANcore
March 26th 2019
365 Comments


I’m glad Phil is back to writing songs about his fucked up childhood. This is shaping up to be their best since the s/t

AdolfChrist
March 26th 2019
20652 Comments


"His cleans are still entirely way too low in the mix. I can make out most of the chorus but the verses are nothing but mumbling."

what the fuck are you listening to this on? i can hear the verse perfectly. the vocals are fine in the mix.

deathschool
March 26th 2019
23916 Comments


He wants it to be acappella


deathschool
March 26th 2019
23916 Comments


Just listened to the start again though. If anything his vox are too loud, haha.

artiswar
March 26th 2019
7281 Comments


I woud listen the shit out of that

TheClansman95
March 26th 2019
1790 Comments


actually it's good! well done Phil

Tyler.
April 14th 2019
16668 Comments


i legitimately think less of you if you enjoy this song

AgentDeathbat
April 14th 2019
9773 Comments


@tyler: :-(

Tyler.
April 14th 2019
16668 Comments


sorry but youve left me no other choice

AgentDeathbat
April 14th 2019
9773 Comments


cries in the corner

KenboSlice
April 14th 2019
3045 Comments


Dammit Phil Bozeman write more songs about dismembering whores

AgentDeathbat
April 14th 2019
9773 Comments


@Kenbo: hey man there's always Somatic Defilement.



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