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Marble City Murderers Come of Age,
This review is from: A New Era Of Corruption (Audio CD)
Whitechapel have bludgeoned their way out of Knoxville, Tennessee and while their punishing symphonies may be a suitable accompaniment to that region's finest bourbon..... blues music it certainly is not! They have become a tighter death metal killing machine with each release, but with A New Era of Corruption (2010), they display a new found maturity in sound, evidenced by great songwriting married to brilliant technique. The result is completely punishing. And with this release they have distanced themselves somewhat from the deathcore tag whilst still utilising it's most powerful traits to maximum effect. 2010 had already been an extremely healthy year for death metal with some sublime efforts from the likes of Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Master, Atheist, Hail of Bullets and Misery Index to name a few. But with this, their third opus Whitechapel have established a well deserved place at the top table alongside some of the aforementioned scene innovators.
The triple guitar attack of Savage, Wade and Householder really adds crushing intensity to this album and while some songs are more memorable than others; the anthemic `Reprogrammed To Hate' and `Murder Sermon' being two, there are certainly no filler track's on this 42 minute aural beating. In addition, it is only after multiple listens that the songs really start to reveal their depth. The thickness, heaviness and intensity of the tone here make it clear that this is a real statement of intent from Whitechapel. This album flirts with a quasi-industrial aesthetic that is first suggested on the amazing cover artwork. This is further realised via the grinding riff work which, while displaying frequent tempo changes, still allows the harmonies space to breathe alongside the dissonant brutality. It is most refreshing that in tandem with these suffocating riffs, there is an array of subdued melodies that further hone the melodic approach of the lead guitar playing. This is their first album where there are fluid solo's throughout which are allowed the space to be heard among the maelstrom. Then there is Bozeman's lyrics which are both nihilistic and misanthropic in equal measure. It is rare that one should be bothered with death metal lyrics but these hateful odes really allow the listener to appreciate the bleak futuristic visions on offer.
All in all, this is Whitechapel's most accomplished and complete album and one thinks that they will find it hard to better it. Most importantly, A New Era of Corruption is listenable and memorable which is an essential ingredient of any great album. To round it off the production is pristine without being over polished. It is a record that is brimming with precision and intensity and wonderfully encapsulates a death metal sound that is truly of it's era.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2011 12:28:02 BDT
A. Burley says:
I agree about what you said there, the only thing I'm wondering about is that you only gave it 4/5 stars ?
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2011 09:36:20 GMT
A. Hughes says:
Thank you for your comment. My view would be that 5/5 stars would be a practically faultless album, a true metal classic in other words. I see 5/5 star ratings thrown about on this site all the time with little regard, just because a certain reviewer is a die hard fan of a certain band. In my view, an absolute classic 5/5 album can only really be judged through the prism of time i.e, does it stand the test of time. Also, it is usually a bands career highpoint. It is a rating that should be reserved for the 'Blessed are the Sick's', 'Human's' and 'Slaughter of the Soul's' of this world. While I'm fairly confident that 'A New Era of Corruption' may gain that status, I just think it's a little premature to place it in that exalted company at this stage in the bands career. Thanks again for your feedback mate.
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