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Friday, March 18, 2011

Whitechapel - The Somatic Defilement

Whitechapel - The Somatic Defilement

Whitechapel’s The Somatic Defilement was their Debut album and it was released in July 2007 by Siege Of Amida Records. This album is of the deathcore genre. With the latest uprising of many deathcore bands around the world, Whitechapel’s popularity has risen extremely fast. Because of this album Whitechapel is one of the bands that are on top of the Deathcore Charts. This Album features Intense Breakdowns, Very Deep Growls and high pitched squeals / Screams and music that will bust you ear drums.

This is an incredible debut album from one of the best Deathcore artists in the business. The album is full of Deathcore goodness. It has some of the best breakdowns I have ever heard, the music is very tight and the blast beats are amazing. The guitars are very heavily distorted and the solos sound great when they are like this. The drumming is very fast and tight with the music, not to mention how fast the double kick is. It is very fast. Not only does this band succeed in making extremely fast paced music but there are also some beautiful melodic parts, such as in the song The Somatic Defilement where there is a melodic part towards the end of the song and it goes into some beautiful violin playing. It is this mixture of techniques that makes this album exciting and doesn’t make me want to go to sleep. Not only is the album great musically but the lead singer Phil Bozeman is fairly skilled when it comes to dirty vocals, there are many parts on this album where he likes to show off how long he can do a deep growl. These can be found in the songs Devirgination Studies and The Somatic Defilement. Also Phil Bozeman can scream really fast which not many other screamers can do well. This album also has another perk and is that this album can be targeted at a much wider audience, not only Deathcore fans but also Death Metal and hardened Nu/Industrial Metal fans as well.

This album has had many great aspects to it, but there are a few things that may rate it down. Firstly the music doesn’t seem very clear, It is a bit hard to describe but it is there. If you compare the sound of Suicide Silence and Bring Me The Horizon the sound is very clear, unlike this album. It not so unclear that the listener can’t hear it, it just sounds a bit like demo quality. Also the vocalist Phil Bozeman is great but he seems to finish his words a little short and doesn’t seem to follow through with them. This is very evident when he tries to scream really fast. Also when he screams really fast the pitch isn’t as high as it should be and this does happen in Deathcore that often. His vocals aren’t as crisp as other vocalists and it sound like he is screaming from his centre throat rather than his Diaphragm or his upper throat. 

Also that Whitechapel focuses on trying to be heavy all the time. There are a few melodic parts to this album, no doubt and they have some really heavy breakdowns.  There are also parts where they try to get heavy but it sounds a little boring and some may refer to this as Chugging. A great example of this would be in the song Ear To Ear. Also sometimes the music can get very disorganised and sound very ugly, this is the case when the other band members play at 100 miles per hour tightly but the vocalist tries to sing really fast and throws the whole thing out of place.

Also this album is a little bit short. It has 10 tracks on it and the run time is approximately 30 minutes. Not to mention that one of the tracks featured is also a 30 second musical, this is not the best thing to have in such a short album.  So in short you don’t get as much bang for your buck.

Overall The Somatic Defilement is a pretty good debut album and it did set up Whitechapel’s popularity so overall it was a complete success. It gave the audience a good impression on what Whitechapel is like and what they are all about. The Somatic Defilement features heavy breakdowns (the best ones are In the songs Articulo Mortis and Fairy Fay) some good solos and very good vocals. There are some things that let this album down a little though and that is the music is not very crisp and sometimes the music can sound very disorganised .
Whitechapel is extremely popular in the Deathcore scene and their popularity will continue to rise as long as they don’t change their sound. Overall I rate The Somatic Defilement a 16/10

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