Title: “This Is Exile”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 7/8/2008
Genre: Death Metal
It’s great when a band comes around that seems to defy the rules of the day and instead chooses to mark their own territory by blending a number of the different genre aspects that Metal comprises and deliver an unforgettable listening experience as result. This is what the hard core Metal fan that picks up “This Is Exile” by Knoxville, Tennessee’s Whitechapel will experience tenfold with the bands powerful debut on Metal Blade Records. The powerful album starts off without compromise with “Father Of Lies” and we hear not only slicing guitar riffs from the groups three axe wielders but also blistering double bass drums and blast beats that come and go across the album and the bands numerous time signature changes. As Heavy Metal fan whose own interests cross a number of different genres, I was really juiced to hear a band that was taking a little bit of this side and blending it with a little bit of that side and in the end really delivering something super heavy for the listener. It’s not all a blazing Death Metal feast here because Whitechapel slows the pace down for the dramatic instrumental “Death Becomes Him” and this leads into the almost Industrial Tech groove of “Daemon (The Procreated). The changes are many on the album that was a factor that impressed me quite a bit because it came off as the band choosing to not stick to the same old style for every song and rather than come off as an identity crisis of sound it instead came off as a very exciting listen since there were twists and turns to be found everywhere. I really liked “Possession” based on the groove and interesting play of the lead guitar in the background while they seemed to bend the melody into unique shapes.
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