Whitechapel

Whitechapel

Friday 21 June

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Played at Graspop Metal Meeting 2019
Genre

Death Metal

Country

United States

Biography

Named after the Whitechapel district in London where Jack the Ripper cut several prostitutes to shreds in the 1880s, this American deathcore outfit from Knoxville, Tennessee has been around since 2006. Just one year later they wrought a noted debut with ‘The Somatic Defilement’ (2007), a prime example of the fusion of death metal and hardcore punk that was all the rage at the time. Whitechapel like to keep busy, too: between 2007 and 2016 this very prolific quintet released 6 albums. Lead singer Phil Bozemans’s throat is one of a kind and musically they are a cut above most of their genre peers. Blast beats and breakdowns are traditionally signature components of a metalcore album, yet on ‘Mark of the Blade’ (2016), Whitechapel chose to experiment with the djent/groove style that’s been gaining ground in recent years. The result is certainly one of their best, if not their best album. A highly anticipated GMM debut! (#GMM19)