The burgeoning southwestern United States "deathcore" scene gets another kick in the teeth from Knoxville, TN's Whitechapel with This Is Exile, their first full-length for Metal Blade. A quick glance at the cover art (razor wire, emaciated dude with a bag on his head) and the song titles ("Daemon [The Procreated]," "Messiahbolical") pretty much sums up what's inside, but Whitechapel (named for Jack the Ripper's preferred London hunting grounds) are capable of more than just eating the microphone and playing relentlessly fast -- standout cuts like "Possession," the instrumental "Death Becomes Him," and the blistering title cut, the latter of which yields the album's best lyric ("The world is ours and you're totally fucking dead"), are rarely predictable. To be sure, the "heavy, choppy chromatic riffs wrapped around an indecipherable monster voice" style that fuels the genre is well utilized, but around every corner is a sneaky melodic lead, time-signature change, or smart production trick that elevates This Is Exile above the usual death/metalcore sonic assault.
Performance CreditsWhitechapel Primary Artist
Guy Kozowyk Vocals,Guest Appearance
Phil Bozeman Vocals,Group Member
Kevin Lane Drums,Group Member
Ben Savage Guitar,Lead,Group Member
Gabe Crisp Bass,Group Member
Zach Householder Guitar,Group Member
Alex Wade Guitar,Group Member
Technical CreditsWhitechapel Composer
Jonny Fay Producer,Engineer
Phil Bozeman Composer
Shawn Carrano Management
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Just recently discovered this group after having listened to part of their newer CD online, A New Era of Corruption. A New Era of Corruption is the first album I bought of theirs. I actually tried to review that album on here, but the review function on that one on here was apparently glitched out or something, and it didn't post, but I do recommend that one if you're into death metal. It's a great CD too. I found This Is Exile on a rack at a local record store for only $5.99, so naturally I grabbed it up without any question. Though I think I like the new one just a tad bit better, this album was also really good. Heavy duty stuff! If you're into death metal, I totally recommend this album and A New Era of Corruption. I have not yet checked out Somatic Defilement, but I will before too long and drop a review for it. Good stuff.