Whitechapel
A New Era Of Corruption

1. Devolver
2. Breeding Violence
3. The Darkest Day of Man
4. Reprogrammed to Hate
5. End of Flesh
6. Unnerving
7. A Future Corrupt
8. Prayer of Mockery
9. Murder Sermon
10. Nercomechanical
11. Single File to Dehumanization

Like it or not, Whitechapel appear to be among the forefront of the metal scene these days. I’ve been told that to really “get” them, they are a band you’d have to see live–and living in a rural area, it’s something I’ve yet to do. I could never really get what made them so popular, and I can’t seem to wrap my head around why they need to have three guitarists (although Alex Wade seems like a pretty awesome dude.) Regardless, Whitechapel are becoming big names, and with A New Era Of Corruption, they’ll no doubt continue to grow.

This new effort sees an improved writing style and a slight growth in their sense of melody. However, for me, Whitechapel have been plagued with a sense of mental exhaustion upon listen, as their compressed sound leaves a lot to be desired in terms of dynamic, and in the long run things can run a bit monotonous. A constant barrage of low end, blast beats, and breakdowns is indeed tiresome. While it definitely isn’t as bad on this release, it is still an issue at times. Luckily, this can be broken up a bit on repeated listen if you actually care enough to give them a chance–and with A New Era of Corruption, it is worth the listen as it is their best effort yet.

The highlight of the album is no doubt the guest appearance of Deftones front man Chino Moreno on “Reprogrammed to Hate.” I don’t recall a time when I’ve heard Chino scream with so much power, and it definitely sends chills. Both “Murder Sermon” and “End of Flesh” offer up much too-short clean melodic guitar breaks, in an attempt to add the dynamic, but these don’t really go anywhere besides back to business as usual. “Unnerving” stands out by including string synth and a guitar part with finger tapping runs. “Prayer of Mockery” also busts out some interesting guitar effects that break up the low end and catchy melodic guitar lines with harmonic solos. The album’s final track “Single File For Dehumanization” actually shows signs of noticeable beauty, featuring memorable melodic riffs and guitar lines, giving the album a strong and catchy close. If they wrote more songs like this and chipped off a few of the breakdowns, they’d be a band I’d find myself listening to on a regular basis.

Overall, the album can be chalked up as Whitechapel’s opus thus far, but it won’t do too much to sway the haters. Those that were on the fence about Whitechapel before will definitely find something worthwhile here, and the fans will absolutely praise this album. In the end though, it’s far from perfect, but they’re definitely growing as writers.

Whitechapel – A New Era Of Corruption gets

3.5/5

– JR

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