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Editors’ Notes

This Knoxville sextet are heavily influenced by those European church-burning, corpse-painted bands of yore, but they also infuse a dose of good old American grindcore into the mix, as well as technical metalcore’s lightning fast changes and the rapid-fire attacks culled from old-school hardcore punk. A New Era Of Corruption is Whitchapel’s first non-conceptual album, though negative themes abound. The opening aural assault “Devolver” touches on what Devo’s entire M.O. was built on — the de-evolution of mankind and how society has turned most people into a hateful and violent breed. Of course you really have to listen closely to get this because lead screamer Phil Bozeman inflects as though he stayed up all night doing shots of shrapnel and broken glass while an avalanche of guitars crash down and wreak havoc. “Breeding Violence” is a salient number riding on a heavy artillery of rhythm and the impressive employ of three guitarists, each with their own discernable styles. The aptly titled “The Darkest Day of Man” is easily the darkest and strongest song here.

Customer Reviews

Not terrible

This album is grueling, it's heavy, it's disgustingly pleasant. Vocals have gone to a new dimension of heavy, all three guitarists have groovy rhythms (and sometimes quite technical melodies) to hold to their own, and the drums are... well they complete the scene.
However, the constant anti-religious slurs are.... a little more than constant. Normally I wouldn't mind, but literally, almost every lyric of every song save one or two is constantly about dethroning religion. The constant pounding just kind of makes the band sound... both ignorant and one dimensional.
And don't pull the "oh he's religious get him out of here" card, because they could've sung about anything... If phil sung about ice cream with the same repetition i'd be saying the same thing. there's just not enough lyrical diversity. It's a one track pony, which makes the entire album sound repetitive and dull.
If you're a deathcore fan, buy this album, you'll love it. If you're a heavy metal/death metal fan, I'd buy "Darkest Day of Man" and call it quits.


I tell you what, you metal heads out there will not be disappointed. This is some brutal stuff! Drums are amazing, guitars are not too technical but still epic, and Phils gone to the next level with his vocals. I have to say Whitechapel is the top of the line when it comes to Deathcore.

the darkest day of man

a new era of corruption has begun. just got this new album. and it is amazing. hail whitechapel!!!!


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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