From the very moment Whitechapel
released their debut album The Somatic Defilement
they were destined for greatness. Whitechapel
were the ones that I think were the first to give a clear and defined deathcore sound because I didnât feel that bands such as All Shall Perish
and Animosity were as âpureâ as Whitechapel
was (although they were still deathcore). Over the short time Whitechapel
has been around, they have released some awesome deathcore pieces (pieces which are now engraved in deathcore history) and over that time, theyâre sound has relatively stayed quite constant. Unless you compared The Somatic Defilement
with A New Era of Corruption
because then you might see some difference. My thoughts as soon as I hit play on the Recorrupted
EP were âoh boy the metamorphosis is happening!â
Before we dive into the exact details on the music, Iâll just tell you what has stayed the same *SPOILER ALERT!*. First are foremost, the vocals still sound very familiar from their earlier works. Now before you start cheering and going and telling your friends âZOMG, Whitechapel
haz a new EP out!â donât. Why? Because I donât think that the vocals are the best. Letâs think for a second shall weâŠWhat did people like about Philâs voice in the first place? Was it the high pitched screams, the extremely low guttural or the way he can rap and scream at the same time. I can tell you that there is absolutely no evidence of either of those traits that I witnessed in Recorrupted
and to be honest I have a slight feeling that they wonât show up in Whitechapel
âs next album (what ever it may be). Sorry to burst the bubble fellas.
Also the guitar sound and tone hasnât really changed either. But I donât know if this is what others hear or if Iâm just retarded, but I think that the guitars this time round have a slight hardcore edge to them. This doesnât really change the overall atmosphere that was seen in earlier works and what Whitechapel
fans have come to love most, but it does make it sound a little different in neither a positive or negative way. But even for hardcore, itâs not that interesting.
Hang on, hang onâŠ hereâs something different *ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT*, thereâs a guitar solo in the track Section 8. I donât remember any decent guitar solos in any of Whitechapel
âs earlier albums. I donât know why they havenât bothered to put any in though because I think that this solo is definitely the highlight of the EP. Its well constructed, quite melodious but the only problem is that it leaved me hanging, I want more damn it! and I want it now! They kind of remind me of Bullet
of My Valentine
âs guitar solos in a way. But I know for a fact that having guitar solos doesnât equal a gold standard music. Take Suicide Silence
âs No Time To Bleed as exhibit A.
From what Iâve heard, I think that Whitechapel
might take a more hardcore direction to their music and I hope to god that they donât include too much electronic shit in their music. Although there are three of five tracks that are electro remixes and there is one cover, judging by the only ârealâ Whitechapel
song Section 8, I think they might have a more hardcore direction to their music.
After reading some of the other reviews people have written on this EP, people are really expecting the worst from a new release which might be out very soon. To be perfectly honest, I though that earlier Whitechapel
was just a tad plain which is what I think pure deathcore is. Pretty much every track was the same in This Is Exile
and The Somatic Defilement
with the occasional melodic sections (which I think were the only things that held the music together). After hearing this, I have a feeling that even Whitechapel
have decided itâs time for a change. Will hardcore be their new direction? Well, Section 8 says so and I think it will be interesting on how they interweave their current Whitechapel
deathcore with this new Whitechapel
hardcore. Or maybe everything Iâve mentioned is totally wrong and theyâre just going release another deathcore release.
Many other reviewers have been really disappointed with this little âteaserâ of an EP (and I think a few might have been trolled). Well, I think that theyâre looking at the whole EP the wrong way. Although most of it isnât really anything new and I agree that its crap, I think that we should only be looking and examining the track Section 8. Mainly because itâs the ONLY real Whitechapel
song which isnât a techno remix, cover or an acoustic track. I think that Whitechapel
have done this on purpose to keep what they really have in store for us secret. To be honest though, Iâm not that excited for Whitechapel
âs new release but Iâm just a tad curious on whether or not they go a different direction with their music, stay where they are right now or the reactions of fans if they do officially change direction. I can say one thing thoughâŠ I sure hope itâs not as bad as Suicide Silence
âs Black Crown album and if it is Iâll cry (not really). Iâm going to have to give Whitechapel
EP a 13/20.