1. Make It Bleed
2. Hate Creation
4. I, Dementia
5. Section 8
7. Dead Silence
8. The Night Remains
10.Possibilities of an Impossible Existence
I've heard that when a band releases an eponymous album that they believe that it sums up their sound as a band. I believe that Whitechapel has done pretty much that with this release. The album sounds like an amalgamation of their three releases thus far with a touch of something fresh. I think that the first lyric of "Make It Bleed" sums up the sound of the album pretty well: "We've been somatically defiled, exiled, and now the new era has come to an
end." This album has elements of The Somatic Defilement (shout-out followed by a breakdown a la "Vicer Exciser"), This Is Exile (random "bleagh" vocals that were common on TIE, faster vocal passages a la "Somatically Incorrect", I also noticed some recurring lyrical motifs that seemed to be throwbacks to TIE lyrical content going so far as to borrow some lines) and A New Era of Corruption (quite a few technical and guitar centric passages. A good example of that would be a lot of the guitar work on "Make It Bleed.") Stylistically though, I think this album is closest to This is Exile.
Now, I think my main complaint with the album might actually come from that "something fresh" that I mentioned earlier. Firstly, The album begins with "Make It Bleed" which has a thirty five second piano intro before the song kicks in that was pretty okay at first, but after a few listens gets kind of old since the album closer, "Possibilites of An Impossible Existence," ends with thirty seconds of the same piano part. I get what they're going for and all, but it just takes away from my listening experience. Secondly, the spoken word parts...they are completely unnecessary. I don't understand why they are even there. It gives the parts that have them a decidedly nu-metal feel and that is NOT good in my opinion. My third ""complaint" is more of a comment because it isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I feel that at some parts Phil's vocals are too comprehensible and not as chaotic as they have been in the past.
Overall, I think this is a great album. As good as TSD or TIE? Definitely not. A good addition to their discography? Sure. I don't find myself necessarily picking out any weak tracks even though I absolutely hated "Section 8" and "Hate Creation" when they were previously released and felt very "meh" about "I, Dementia." The standout tracks for me are "Make It Bleed," "Hate Creation" (my opinion on this one took a complete one eighty), "Dead Silence" and "The Night Remains." I think this album could easily have been the follow-up to This is Exile over A New Era. This isn't gonna change your mind about Whitechapel, but if you're a fan of Whitechapel, This is Exile especially, you should enjoy this album. My rating: 8/10
tl;dr If you like This is Exile, you'll probably enjoy this.
I wrote a lot of this review in my head at work, so it's probably pretty jumbled as I tried getting it all down before I forgot. Anyway, comments? Thoughts? Denouncements of faggotry?