Games Meet Metal: Whitechapel's A New Era of Corruption-The Riff Review

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Whitechapel's A New Era of Corruption-The Riff Review


Whitechapel and I have always had an odd relationship. I've seen them live quite a bunch of times, and have always enjoyed them. However, I never did listen to their first cd, This Is Exile. That's probably because I got sick of all the hype and anti-hype. I was either "THESE GUYZ R GUNNA RULZ METALZ!!1!!" or how they were the worst thing since Bananarama. So, to prepare myself for their newest work, A New Era of Corruption, I got a copy of This is Exile and gave it a good spin. What I found was a pretty good death metal band with bits of grindcore and black metal, as well as sprinkles of doom here and there.



Listening to A New Era of Corrpution, I heard a pretty good death metal band with bits of grindcore and black metal, as well as sprinkles of doom here and there. Yep, Whitechapel have gone to the Suicide Silence and God of War school of development, and learned an important: If it's broken, don't fix it. But at least improve the production a bit.

A New Ear of Corruption's main improvement over This is Exile is most definitely in it's production. Everything seems way better mixed this time around. It's very obvious that the bass has been brought up in the mix, but not too much as to kill your subwoofers. Corruption has also amped up the level of effects through most of it's songs. there's some neat things happening track #6, Unnerving, that make it one of my fave tracks on the whole cd.

My main niggling problem with Corruption is that songwriting wise, it's just not that much of a leap over Exile. All the right elements are there, but the whole cd feels more like an add-on than a logical successor. What I hear I like a lot, but if you payed a mix of tracks from both cd's and asked me to pick which went with what album, I'd have a hard time separating the old from the new. The similarities just tend to be a bit much at times.

This is the part where I'm supposed to say, "If you liked the first cd, you'll like the second", but I hate doing that as it's quite cliche, but I;m relegated to doing it here. A New Era of Corruption stands equal with This Is Exile and will fill your ears with death metal glee. I just hope the guys really expand their musical horizons on their next cd. I just hope we don't get another retread over old material.

Wanna listen to it yourself? Peek on over to their album's website, Aneweraofcorruption.com to get a listen to a few of the new tracks, then hit up Itunes for your own cpy.

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