The Somatic Defilement Review

artist: Whitechapel date: 04/13/2010 category: compact discs
Whitechapel: The Somatic Defilement
Released: 2007
Genre: Brutal Deathcore
Label: Candlelight Records
Number Of Tracks: 10
All lyrics are based upon the slaughter and rape of prostitutes, as such relating to Jack the Ripper who lived in Whitechapel, London.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 10
The Somatic Defilement Reviewed by: lambofgodowns, on december 03, 2008
2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sound: This is Whitechapel's debut album, and is most definitely a masterpiece. Every single song is very well written and performed perfectly. Most deathcore sounds all the same, but they make it different and that much better than the rest of the deathcore bands. Their use of seven string drop-A guitars will get you pumped beyond belief. The breakdowns are perfect on this album and can't be listened to below full volume, and also compliment the trem picked riffs amazingly. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics on this album are based off of the Jack the Ripper murders of prostitutes in Whitechapel, London. It is just constant gore, so if you are into that stuff, it is great. The lyrics completely fit the music and make the band that much better. I would have to say that their vocalist, Phil Bozeman has some of the best vocals I have ever heard. His range goes from super low, almost grindcore vocals to high shrieks, with a few pig squeals in for good measure. He is incredibly versatile. // 10

Overall Impression: I absolutely love this album and I would say it is much better than any other deathcore band out there. It is tough to say which is better: The Somatic Defilement or This is Exile, so I think they are equal in amazingness. A couple of the most impressive songs on the album are "The Somatic Defilement," "Ear to Ear," "Vicer Exciser," and "Devirgination Studies." I absolutely love everything about this album and the band, which means I hate nothing. If it were stolen, I would track the thief down and go Cannibal Corpse on his ass, just to get this album back. I recommend it to anyone even slightly into death metal, deathcore, grindcore, hardcore, pretty much all the cores... // 10

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overall: 9.3
The Somatic Defilement Reviewed by: drugsrbadmkay16, on april 13, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Whitechapel's debut album shines in most areas, and let me tell you - the sound is no exception. This is where the album is at its best. Truly. Before listening to Whitechapel, my view on modern death metal was quite vague. I knew about the really popular bands, and kind of figured out what it was all about. But the bottom line was that I never really could connect to it. It bored me, and I really never thought I would ever become interested. Then came the year 2007. At the time, I was mainly listening to alternative rock and a bit of metal, but nothing heavy. I had heard about the band, but never put much thought into checking out the album. I figured that since I never could manage to involve myself in earlier death metal that this would be no exception. After a year of people making attempts to get me to listen to it, I caved. I went out and bought it. Keep in mind that I bought this two years ago...and yet I still listen to the album on a daily basis. The sound, in my opinion, is revolutionary. It is like no other album you will ever hear, and I can guarantee you that. It changed my entire perspective on the genre and turned me into a metal-head. It had the ridiculously heavy stuff that I had anticipated, but it also provided very smooth melodies. They were the first band I ever heard that successfully made that combination. It is absolutely brilliant, not to mention extremely complex. The guitar is a melodic wall of noise, the drums sound flawless (truly some of the most complicated beats I have ever heard), and the vocals - well, I'll get to that in the "Lyrics" section of the review. This alone would absolutely get a recommendation from me, but Whitechapel didn't stop there. The story that went along with this album is intense. My interpretation of it the story is basically the whole Jeffrey Dahmer scandal. The intro to the album, called "Necrotizing", actually involves a direct quote from Dahmer in his 1993 interview with Stone Philips. It is extremely graphic and disturbing, but yet so brilliant because the band managed to set the mood PERFECTLY to how the story was. Specific areas in songs actually could make you emotional, and as crazy as it seems, scared. There are multiple occassions where this took place throughout the album, but the one main part would be the outro to the song "The Somatic Defilement". I won't spoil it for you, but it is so apparent that the tone of everything is just so incredible. // 10

Lyrics: Whoever is the actual lyricist for Whitechapel must be a Harvard grad, because honest to God, there was so much effort put into these lyrics. Some albums just throw together some words just so that it looks good, but Whitechapel focused on this as much, if not MORE, than the other main aspects of it. What was done was brilliant - the lyrics were written mainly about cannibalism, murder, and necrophelia (the sexual attraction to corpses), and yet were so vivid and detailed that you almost felt sick just reading it. Not only that, but the style of writing is genius. There are times when the sentence formations actually feel like you're reading something by Shakespeare. It's truly incredible. The only criticism I have in terms of "The Somatic Defilement" lyrics is that each track on the album is about the same thing. There was no real differences between each song's lyrics, and it kind of makes it predictable. They are so well written, however, that it's kind of impossible not to appreciate what is there. // 9

Overall Impression: There is really not much else to explain. This album set a standard for metal to come, and I have a hard time believing that anyone will ever get to that level. The music is just amazingly well-done. The only negative thing I can say is that towards the end of the album (last 2 tracks mainly), it seems a bit sloppy in areas. It's by no means BAD, but the rhythm is sometimes a bit harder to enjoy. It kind of sounds like maybe the band was getting tired. Nonetheless though, this is one of the best metal albums of the decade, and certainly Whitechapel's best. I recommend this totally. Favorite song: Devirgination Studies Least Favorite Song: Vicer Exciser // 9

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