I lived with this album for about two months before i thought i would review it. its grown on me big time there is so much quality going on within the songs very orginised rythm, very short but effective solos and the dual vocals bring to mind the british band Sikth. the standout songs are This is exile, Possesition and To all that are dead. There is elements of Cannibal corpse, Devildriver, morbid angel and even Korn. Dont get me wrong this aint nothing original but out of the current crop of deathcore bands (Job for a cowboy, Bring me the horizon etc) these guys have shown more growth on the song writing and leaving the deathcore thing to a minimum. i would reconmened this album to people who are looking for a young who in the space of two albums have made such a quantum leap in the space of two albums it brings to mind pantera's leap from power metal to grove metal ala power metal to cowboys from hell. These guys are the future of death metal!
This album is much more intense and exciting than the previous 'The Somatic Defilment' It is obvious that they have stopped writing/singing about slaughtering and making a damn mess of prostitutes! (Not that it was a bad thing!) But they have matured in everything they do now, just buy it and find out! I caught them live at the Never Say Die tour with Parkway Drive & Despised Icon and they played a killer of a show! This is one of my favourate albums to date, they are no breakdowns within this album, it's all in your face and intense as anything!
Personal fav tracks:
- Father Of Lies - Possession - Somatically Incorrect
For Fans of:
- Impending Doom - Despised Icon - Carnifex & anyone who likes decent music. (I have no fringe btw lol)
Job for a cowboy and All shall perish lead the way with Deathcore and you may want to lump Whitechapel behind them. After 2007's "Somatic Defilement", you probably rate them second-class to JFACB and ASP. "Somatic Defilement" was a lack lustre release at best of times, but showed potential nether less. With "This is exile" you find that Whitechapel have grown musically and have matured into an all-conquering death and grind monster. All the way, from Knoxville, Tennessee Whitechapel have only been around since 2006 and have already scored a deal with the deathcore friendly Metal Blade records. Named after London's infamous borough, where Jack the ripper committed his grizzly deeds you can imagine the lyrical content that Whitechapel produce, yet with "This is exile", they have left behind the Cannibal Corpse lyrics in favour of a pure misanthropic direction. Okay, so they aren't going to set the world ablaze with originality, theirs a lot of At the Gates, (Slaughter of the soul era), Death and Aborted in there, but what they do is write solid songs, with a genuine musical talent that show's their conviction. Opener "Father of lies" sets the ground for a roaring eleven tracks of misanthropic hate, which leads to the standout title track "This is exile", opening their full bag of tricks to let forth their technical assault, showing how much they have improved since their first album. The Production on this album is excellent, even with three (yes THREE!) Guitar players they all seem to find a place in the mix. It is typical these days that the bass is subsonic and is more of a gut feeling then a sound, but it is brought up in the mix, at points for added effect. I known that a lot of deathmetal and grind purist wont like Whitechapel mainly because they are tagged "deathcore", also because of the breakdowns and they'll moan because it's to polished and that's not the way it should be, but If you exclude bands like Whitechapel for any of the above reasons, then you are a fool. Because you will be missing out on some damn finely crafted, skull cracking, brain splattering, ear splitting metal, face grinding metal