Whitechapel
Kin


4.5
superb

Review

by Blakkheim21 USER (1 Reviews)
October 29th, 2021 | 330 replies


Release Date: 2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fitting closing chapter to one of the most memorable concept albums in recent years.

You know, I never was much of a Whitechapel fan before The Valley, something I believe extends to a considerable parcel of the band's fanbase these days. Earlier singles "Brimstone" and "Black Bear" were impressive and generated curiosity, already showing the direction towards a more grandiose experience with all the atmospheric leads hidden beneath and between the heavy chugging. And while following songs showed that the band was branching out their sound, it's the ending notes of Doom Woods that bring to light what a fantastic piece of story-telling and world-building it is (The Valley often occupying the same space in my memory that The Devil All The Time's Ohio, Alan Wake's Bright Falls, and Twin Peaks reside), so when the band announced that their next album was going to be a sequel to its story, I was beyond excited.

Truth be told, Kin is a totally different beast, and when opener "I Will Find You" shows its cards, it's noticeable that the whole opressive atmosphere that built The Valley as this palpable place is gone, the place no longer being the star of the story, but Phil's own personal experience and conflict with the events that ocurred during the first part of the story, its lyrics ("The devil is dead / I have never felt the way that I have until I left The Valley in flames") announcing the beginning of the new chapter in a fairly upbeat way.

While songs like "A Bloodsoaked Symphony", "The Ones That Made Us" and "To The Wolves" offer crushingly and uninterrupted moments of heaviness and each member of the band shows their importance and competence, it's vocalists Phil Bozeman and guitarist Ben Savage that steal the show in Kin with beautiful clean vocals and tasteful and souful solos and guitar melodies aplenty, the two last tracks ("Without Us" and "Kin") showing each of them, respectivately, at some of their strongest moments.

Many times I read that Kin was The Valley Pt.2, and I don't know if I fully agree with this statement. While, of course, both albums play each other narrative-wise and it was the public and critical acclaim that the changes in The Valley that built a comfortable situation where the band could go further, Kin is a very different album, trading hostility for comfort, endless desesperation and hopelessness for bittersweet closure. While it may be a divisive record due to how different it is, when the last chorus lyrics of the closing track of "It's time for both of us to let this go" fade into the acoustic guitar and this one fades into silence, the same wave of relief that washes over us at the end of a good book is felt, and you can't help but feel satisfaction to what gorgeous story was told.


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Scoot
October 29th 2021


22205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk who's glow up is more impressive, cradle of filth or whitechapel

JayEnder
October 29th 2021


19966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, is this actually that good? Haven't followed this band since the This Is Exile days lol.



Briefly checked The Valley, which was cool but didn't resonate with me so much

Toondude10
October 29th 2021


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I Will Find You is a fucking beast of an opener



yeah I feel like this is gonna be a great release

Tundra
October 29th 2021


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always thought Whitechapel in the early days where so bland as far as deathcore goes, the clean sections definitely spice things up a bit

veninblazer
October 29th 2021


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

AOTY, easily

trilo
October 29th 2021


6302 Comments


chill

Blakkheim21
October 29th 2021


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I think that's honestly a very good album with a lot of heartfelt moments and which uses the emotional weight that The Valley created to make them even stronger. I feel that most of the criticism towards this album may come from either disappointment towards the genre shift the band has gone or towards some prejudice against Post-Grunge, from which I think the band takes some influence, but as everything is very well-done, I don't think it's a problem

Slex
October 29th 2021


16610 Comments


was curious about this but I am indeed prejudiced against the existence of grunge so I will check The Valley instead

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2021


18936 Comments


Everyone's saying this rules. I'll try to take a peek at it early next week

necropig
October 29th 2021


7409 Comments


So this is good? I thought this band was just a meme

trilo
October 29th 2021


6302 Comments


do you not like memes

heck
October 29th 2021


7102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the clean parts sound more like A Perfect Circle than post-grunge to me.

necropig
October 29th 2021


7409 Comments


no i do like memes. I just thought this was a joke band i.e they were shit

Blakkheim21
October 29th 2021


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I got some Katatonia vibes with Without Us, but while APC influence stood out with Third Depth, I'm not feeling it at all on this one (even though I know it's one of the bands they draw influence from). Some guitar parts remind me of some Parabelle (the bridge of Lost Boy and Anticure, for example), and the chorus from Anticure and and verse from History Is Silent, as well as Orphan and Kin, are pure mainstream Rock (but with real feelings)

altmjw
October 29th 2021


34 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Aoty for me

Pikazilla
October 29th 2021


29797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa didn't realise there were so many whitechaps fans on sput

Toondude10
October 29th 2021


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this is definitely gonna make my best of the year list

Rowhaus
October 29th 2021


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"Damn, is this actually that good?"

Not at all

veninblazer
October 29th 2021


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Rowhaus: bruh you compared this to Five Finger Death Punch as if that trash band could compare to this masterpiece. As if Ivan can shut up about how masks are fascism long enough to write something half as good as "Anticure" which you singled out.

NordicNorth
October 29th 2021


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They actually topped The Valley, this seriously slaps cheeks. This is one of the most consistent albums of the year, good fucking shit.



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