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What a let down

Definitely no longer the whitechapel I fell in love with. My wife doesn't even listen to metal unless she's with me, and she even called them "soft". I was expecting something way heavier.. But then again they peaked in 2010-2013. I'll always be a fan but I was sincerely let down.


all sounds the same


I previously wrote a review about this album, and was more of a first impressions than an actual review. After listening to this album repeatedly over the past week I have to admit, this is by far their worst release. It lacks in almost every category. I was initially excited about this release because of the statements that the band made leading up to the release, about how this would be celebratory album signifying their ten years of existence. Instead, what we got was a jumbled mess of uninspired songs, with lyrics that seem downright hostile toward the fans that made them successful. Whether it's the song Elitist Ones, or Killing Industry, one thing seems to be made clear: they are out of ideas. They have allowed themselves to sink in quality, and at the same token, seem angry at the fans who expect better from them.

I'm sorry, Whitechapel, but I have to pass on this one. Let us when you're ready to take this whole music thing seriously.


Formed: 2006 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2006 by Phil Bozeman, Brandon Cagle, and Ben Savage, tech-heavy Knoxville, Tennessee-based death metal outfit Whitechapel (named for the London neighborhood where the notorious Jack the Ripper disposed of most of his victims) blend grindcore, hardcore, and black metal into an unholy trinity of audio violence. After rounding out the lineup with guitarist Alex Wade, bassist Gabe Crisp, and drummer Derek Martin, the band's 2006 self-produced EP led to a European record deal with the Siege...
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