By Diego Rendón a.k.a Rogerz
ALBUM: Our Endless War
RELEASE DATE: 04/29/2014
Metal Blade Records brings Our Endless War, the fifth studio album of the American deathcore band Whitechapel. On this record, the band has gone through a transition, taking their sound to the next level, becoming more refined, and bringing a great mix of power and precision, with more profound lyrics and a real mastery at their instruments that delivers a true sense of cohesion.
However, even though Our Endless War represents a big step in Whitechapel’s career it’s still missing something inside it. The sound becomes less deathcore and becomes more metal. On some tracks, the speed of their notes is distant from past albums like This is Exile. Phil Bozeman’s does less singing, and sacrifices the highs for more guttural lows.
I believe that a band with three axes playing together at the same time has a great responsibility on their performance that has to be supported by a great understanding and communication between each guitarist and a great synchronization. Whitechapel indeed knows how to get that sound, however in a couple of tracks they need a reminder.
The first song Rise serves as an orchestral intro for the album’s first single and eponymous song Our Endless War, which brings a great use of guttural and syncopated vocals for the first shot of power accompanied by lyrics that are a call for the awakening of a country in search for justice, along with amazing a musical composition. It is indeed the best song of the record.
On April 14, Whitechapel released a lyric video of their Our Endless War single and you can watch it here.The Saw is the Law is a song with a groovy bass that is an invitation to choose sides between falling down to your knees and stand tall walking among giants.
Mono, the fourth song of the album is a great example of the domain Whitechapel has over their instruments.‘The Mouth of Hell is Open Wide Tonight’... This raging scream is the beginning for the song Let Me Burn which is a groovy piece of the album. Ben Harclerode does a great job on the drums on this track.
Perhaps there is no track on the album that describes better our fast changing times than Worship The Digital Age. On this song filled with thrashy guitars, the band plays to invite people to sell their soul and worship the digital age.
The persistent message of the album entitles the seventh song of the album, How Times Have Change and opens the way for Psychopathy, a slow song that let’s fall most of the work on the record, however the band manages to raise it up once again on Blacked Out, where Whitechapel gives a great lesson of speed and power that reign through the whole song.
The last and longest song of the album is Diggs Road, a track full of great composition with awesome old school guitar solos and great lyrics, with melodic interludes and an awesome blast to end Whitechapel’s fifth studio album.
You can also find two really awesome bonus tracks included on the Our Endless War, and which are even more powerful than the rest of the whole album, A Process So Familiar and Fall of the Hypocrites.
During the recording of Our Endless War the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process. You can watch all of those videos on the band’s website at: http://www.whitechapelband.com/
For a limited time, Metal Blade Records has been streaming entirely Our Endless War, if you want to check it about before its release on 04/29/2014 you can do it at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel.
Phill Bozeman — Vocals
Ben Savage — Guitar
Zach Householder — Guitar
Alex Wade — Guitar
Ben Harclerode — Drums
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