Sound — 9
It's easy to get lost amongst the masses of metal bands out there pushing a "unique" sound. Whitechapel has, untill recently remained primarily in the underground scene. It's difficult for any band to establish a true identity when competing against genre giants such as Job for a Cowboy, but A New Era of Currution establishes that this band is every bit as brutal and creative as the current masters of this genre. Technically, the band delivers a huge improvement upon their previous album, This is Exile. The song structures deliver a much more memorable album, and the attention to the grove or the feel of the music still firmly places this album within that same sound that has given Whitechapel its identity. A New Era of Curruption should impress both followers of the band and sceptics alike.
Lyrics — 9
Bozeman (vocals) has improved on his technique tenfold. Each track has a unique and important message. For example, (End of Flesh) delivers a vocal performance that melds brilliantly with the guitar work underneath. In an attempt to make his work more accesible, Bozeman has tried to clarify his words while improving on that gritty, deep scream that is reminiscent of the work of J.Davy (JFAC). In every single respect, Whitechapel delivers on these promises. Other tracks in particular, such as (Murder Sermon) strike a very personal note to the band- focusing on the death of Bozeman's mother. The willingness to express these feelings on record is something of an achievement- and it is pulled off with great finess.
Overall Impression — 9
Whereas the previous album has certain tracks that carried the rest through (point in case; Posession from the album This is Exile) A New Era of Corruption is consistently strong. It's clear that Whitechapel has understood the importance of this LP. Delivering a huge following after This is Exile- A New Era of Corruption is many respects a "Make or Break" effort. The rhythmic prowess that Whitechapel flaunted in their previous albums makes an even stronger return in this album- and so do the lyrics. Tracks like "End of Flesh", "Breeding Violence", "The Darkest Day of Man" really showcase the talent of the band. This is a hugely impressive album that I'm sure will stand the test of time. If you're a fan of Whitechapel- I would ensure that you go out and get a taste of what they've delivered as fast as you possibly can.