Whitechapel (band)

Whitechapel is an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, England, where Jack the Ripper committed a series of murders. The group comprises vocalist Phil Bozeman, guitarists Ben Savage, Alex Wade, and Zach Householder, drummer Alex Rüdinger and bassist Gabe Crisp. Founded in 2006 by Bozeman and Savage, the band has released seven studio albums and fourteen music videos, and are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. Whitechapel's 2010 album A New Era of Corruption, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled fourth album was released in 2012 and debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, selling roughly 9,200 copies in its first week. In 2014 the band released their fifth full-length album, Our Endless War to generally positive reviews.[1] The album sold roughly 16,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.[2] They released their sixth full-length album Mark of the Blade in 2016 to greater critical acclaim, selling roughly 8,000 copies in the first week of its release.[3][4] In 2019, Whitechapel released their seventh album, The Valley, which debuted at No. 143 on the Billboard 200 also to critical acclaim.[5]

Whitechapel
Whitechapel performing at The Grove of Anaheim on the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour
Whitechapel performing at The Grove of Anaheim on the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour
Background information
OriginKnoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresDeathcore
Years active2006–present
LabelsMetal Blade, Candlelight, Siege of Amida
Websitewhitechapelband.com
MembersPhil Bozeman
Ben Savage
Gabe Crisp
Alex Wade
Zach Householder
Alex Rüdinger
Past membersBrandon Cagle
Kevin Lane
Derek Martin
Ben Harclerode

HistoryEdit

Formation and The Somatic Defilement (2006–2007)Edit

Whitechapel was founded in February 2006 by Knoxville residents Phil Bozeman, Brandon Cagle, and Ben Savage. They were soon joined by Alex Wade (formerly of Redwinterdying) as a guitarist, along with bassist, Gabe Crisp, and drummer, Derek Martin. The group recorded their first demos in March of that year. They named themselves after the Whitechapel district of London, where Jack the Ripper committed his murders.[6] In 2007, the band signed to Siege of Amida Records in the United Kingdom, and Candlelight Records in North America, and later acquired new drummer Kevin Lane and released their debut full-length album The Somatic Defilement in June of that year.[7][8][9]

This Is Exile (2007–2010)Edit

In October 2007, the group signed to Metal Blade Records, and in 2008 released their second album entitled This Is Exile.[10][11] The album reached No. 118 in the Billboard Top 200.[12] In May 2008, the band toured on The Summer Slaughter Tour, and in August 2008, they began their first ever headlining tour with Impending Doom, A Different Breed of Killer, and Through the Eyes of the Dead.

In 2008, they were starting to tour with more popular bands such as Parkway Drive and Unearth on the Never Say Die! tour. They have produced a video for the song "Possession", along with one for "This Is Exile". Whitechapel has also toured on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival on the Hot Topic Stage along with the bands Job for a Cowboy, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth and The Black Dahlia Murder, and alongside bands of the main stage such as Slayer and Marilyn Manson, who headlined the tour.

Whitechapel toured with Darkest Hour and Trivium on Trivium's 2009 and 2010 "Into the Mouth of Hell We March Tour".[13]

A New Era of Corruption and Lane's departure (2010–2011)Edit

Whitechapel recorded their follow-up album to This Is Exile from December 27 to March 31 with Jason Suecof as the chosen producer. The band early-on announced a summer 2010 release date for the record.[14] The name of the album was later confirmed to be A New Era of Corruption. A song from A New Era of Corruption entitled, "The Darkest Day of Man" was performed live before the album's release.[15] Months later it was released as streaming media online.[16] A New Era of Corruption was released on June 8, 2010, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on the Billboard 200 chart.[17]

Whitechapel's focus on mass exposure over their small, dedicated following has provided them with featured spots in both California Metal Fest IV and 2010's Warped Tour.[18] They have also been announced to play Download festival in 2010, and will be a part of the second stage showcased.[19] A headlining US tour with Impending Doom, Oceano, I Declare War and Miss May I was held before the end of November. During December 2010, drummer, Kevin Lane willingly left the group to return to college and due to his ankle not being on par and would hinder the band; former Knights of the Abyss drummer Benjamin Harclerode joined the band in Lane's replacement.[20] A live music video for the song "Breeding Violence" was released February 7, 2011. Whitechapel did a US headlining tour titled "The Welcome to Hell Tour" with The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin and I Declare War throughout February and March 2011. This tour was followed by another headlining tour of the same name in Europe with The Acacia Strain as direct support and Impending Doom opening the show. Whitechapel also co-headlined the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder. In the fall and winter of 2011, Whitechapel embarked on a US tour with The Devil Wears Prada, For Today and Enter Shikari.

In September 28, Whitechapel released a new song titled "Section 8" and confirmed a limited edition EP titled Recorrupted;[21] the EP was released on November 8, 2011.

Recorrupted and Whitechapel (2012–2013)Edit

Whitechapel undertook a US headlining tour titled "The Recorruptour" with Miss May I, After the Burial, Within the Ruins, The Plot in You and Structures throughout March and May 2012.[22] Whitechapel also played the entire Mayhem Festival tour of 2012.[23]

The band recorded their self-titled fourth album at Wade Studios with producer Mark Lewis, which was released June 19 via Metal Blade Records, debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, selling roughly 9,200 copies in its first week.[24][25] The first single, entitled "Hate Creation", was released on April 30 via the Metal Blade Records YouTube channel.[26] Whitechapel had to cancel the European tour with August Burns Red and The Devil Wears Prada due to an illness in the family. They co-headlined the Brothers of Brutality tour in January and February with The Plot in You, Obey the Brave, Unearth, and Emmure as well as co-headlining the "Don't Pray for Us" tour with Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Chimaira, and I Killed the Prom Queen.

On April 16, 2013, a remixed and remastered edition of their debut album The Somatic Defilement was released via Metal Blade Records.[27]

Our Endless War (2013–2015)Edit

The band announced via Twitter and Instagram that a new album would be recorded in the Fall of 2013. With this announcement they released a video of a new guitar riff. On August 31, 2013, the band announced via Facebook that drum tracking for the album had begun. On November 29, 2013, vocalist Phil Bozeman stated via YouTube that the band's last day in the studio would be December 9, and said that by then, everything should be done and ready to be sent to mixing and mastering. He said that he didn't yet have a release date for the album, but simply said "sometime next year, sometime after Christmas". On December 7, the band posted an in-studio teaser of the new album on both Facebook and YouTube. On December 10, the band announced that tracking of the album had been completed. On February 26, 2014, it was announced the new album would be called Our Endless War, and the album's lead single, "The Saw is the Law", was released. They also announced a North American release date of April 29, 2014, and released the album artwork and track listing on the same day. Our Endless War itself received mixed reviews upon its release. On February 20, 2015 the band published a video for the song "Let Me Burn" from the album.[28] A lyric and live music video were released for the title track, "Our Endless War", and a music video was released for "Worship the Digital Age". They released a live album titled The Brotherhood of the Blade on October 30, 2015

Mark of the Blade and Harclerode's departure (2015–2017)Edit

On September 13, 2015, Phil Bozeman informally announced in YouTube vlog that the band was currently in the process of writing a new album entitled Mark of the Blade. The album was released on June 24, 2016.[29]

On August 9, 2017, Ben Harclerode announced via Twitter that he had parted ways with the group, stating "...it was the hardest move I've ever made, but I was truly unhappy and needed to happen."[30]

The Valley (2018–2020)Edit

On November 2, 2018 the band announced their seventh studio album The Valley will be released on March 29, 2019 via Metal Blade Records and the first song "Brimstone" was released. It has also been reported Navene Koperweis from Entheos has tracked drums for the upcoming album.[31] The song solidifies a change in their once-deathcore sound to a more melodic metal sound.

On February 20, 2019 the band released a music video for the song "When a Demon Defiles a Witch"[32]

On March 21, 2019 the band released a music video for "Hickory Creek".[33] The song consists almost entirely of clean or melodic vocals in a stark contrast to much of their earlier work. The video ends with a dedication to the lead vocalist's mother, "Theresa Leslie Bozeman" who died in 2000. This echoes the dedication at the end of their 2016 music video for the song "Bring Me Home"[34] which concludes with a dedication to Bozeman's father "Michael Gary Bozeman" who died in 1995.

On April 14, 2020, an acoustic version of "Hickory Creek" was released. This is the first Whitechapel song to feature entirely clean vocals.

Kin (2020-present)Edit

On September 23, 2020, guitarist Alex Wade revealed to Knotfest.com's "Mosh Talks" that recording had begun on the next Whitechapel album. Wade stated the COVID-19 Pandemic had given them time to make a new album and that it would once again be produced by Mark Lewis. He also stated the album will contain clean vocals and melody as well as the trademark heaviness the band is known for. The album is expected in late 2021. [35]

On August 30 2021, Whitechapel announced that the new album is called "Kin", and will be released on October 29, 2021. [36] The band released their new album's first single "Lost Boy" on August 31, 2021 and was followed by the second single for the album "A Bloodsoaked Symphony" on September 23, 2021.[37]

On September 3, 2021, the band announced that Alex Rüdinger would become their official drummer. He had previously been the band's live drummer, starting in 2019. [38]

Musical style and influencesEdit

Whitechapel is generally considered a deathcore band.[39][40][41] Whitechapel have stated that they are influenced by a wide variety of artists, including Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Slipknot, Dying Fetus, Bloodbath, Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, Suffocation, Deftones, Despised Icon, Behemoth, Nile, Gojira,[42] Vader, Necrophagist, Tool, Carcass, Aborted, Amon Amarth, Agnostic Front, Hatebreed, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Entombed and Cattle Decapitation.[43][44]

In an interview, Bozeman said, "Me and Ben [Savage] are more the death metal kind of guys like Cannibal Corpse and Bloodbath, Zach [Householder] is too but he's more into epic black metal and European metal, Norwegian black metal and he brings a lot of that influence, Alex [Wade] has more of a hardcore background and that's his influence."[45]

On Whitechapel's 2016 album Mark of the Blade, the songs "Bring Me Home" and "Decennium" were the first to feature lead vocalist Phil Bozeman performing clean vocals. Bozeman continued to use clean vocals on the songs "When a Demon Defiles a Witch", "Hickory Creek", and "Third Depth", on the 2019 album The Valley.

MembersEdit

Timeline

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[46]
US
Heat.

[47]
US
Indie.

[48]
US
Rock
[49]
US
Hard Rock
[50]
CAN
[51]
GER
[52]
AUT
[53]
BEL
(WAL)

[54]
CH
[55]
The Somatic Defilement
  • Released: July 31, 2007
  • Label: Candlelight
  • Formats: CD, digital download
This Is Exile
  • Released: July 8, 2008
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
118 2 14 13
A New Era of Corruption
  • Released: June 8, 2010
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
43 3 12 5
Whitechapel
  • Released: June 19, 2012
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
47 10 20 3 168
Our Endless War
  • Released: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10 2 2 1 23 50 72
Mark of the Blade
  • Released: June 24, 2016
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, digital download
72 3 6 1 16 36 165 64
The Valley
  • Released: March 29, 2019
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
143 5 26 7 27 36 46
Kin
  • Released: October 29, 2021
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended playsEdit

DemosEdit

  • Demo 1 (2006)
  • Demo 2 (2006)
  • Demo 3 (2011)

Live albumsEdit

  • The Brotherhood of the Blade (2015)

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director Album
2008 "This Is Exile" David Brodsky[56] This Is Exile
"Possession"
2009 "Eternal Refuge" Abstrakt Pictures[57]
2010 "The Darkest Day of Man" David Brodsky[58] A New Era of Corruption
2011 "Breeding Violence" Scott Hansen[59]
2012 "I, Dementia" David Brodsky[60] Whitechapel
"Possibilities of an Impossible Existence" Strati Hovartos [27]
2014 "Our Endless War" Naughty Mantis[61] Our Endless War
"Worship the Digital Age" David Brodsky[62]
2015 "Let Me Burn" Mitch Massie[63]
2016 "Elitist Ones" James Foster[64] Mark of the Blade
"Bring Me Home" Naughty Mantis[65]
2019 "When a Demon Defiles a Witch" Mathis Arnell[66][67] The Valley
"Hickory Creek"
2020 "Doom Woods" Chrystal Spotlight[68]

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