Sound — 9
Whitechapel is another deathcore band, but they're one of the most impressive bands in their genre to appear. Their usage of three guitars add to the unique sound that they create for their style of music. The guitarists tend to show more skill than most deathcore bands I've heard, which is very nice to hear. They also do numerous breakdown sections in the course of this album, and they're more dissident than any other breakdowns I've heard. The guitarists for this band have some very impressive skills for the style they play. Most deathcore bands tend to get boring and repetitive after the first few songs, but Whitechapel never really repeat themselves. They even throw in 2 instrumental songs on this album that are very well laid out and they do offer a break from the nearly constant ferociousness of the album. The first single from this album, 'This Is Exile', is one of the hardest hitting songs on the album. It offers two breakdown sections and some of the best vocal work done on the album.
Lyrics — 9
Like every other deathcore band, vocalist Phil Bozeman contributes his 'cookie monster vocals' to this album. However, he does throw some high pitched screams into the mix and he's definitely one of the best at what he does. The blood-curdling guttural Bozeman does before the massive breakdown section at the end of 'This Is Exile' is some of the darkest vocal work I've heard. He can actual strike fear into you at some points on this album. As for the lyrics, he seems to paint a very violent picture. Death is a very common subject that he sings about throughout this album, but just as everything else that they do on this album, he switches it up one or two times. Overall, these lyrics and vocal styles are stereotypical for the genre, but that's because they fit the music style so well.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I've said before, Whitechapel are a nice change from the rest of the deathcore genre. They execute this album very well and it keeps you interested from beginning to end. 'Messiahbolical' is what might be the most powerful ending to an album I've ever heard. As the last track, it had a lot to live up to, and this song is one of the best on the CD. This track has the best guitar work on the album in my opinion, and Phil delivers with some hard hitting vocals. In one part, he sings, 'Every first born child I have slaughtered and every virgin I have defiled, Even the blind have seen my blasphemies, The deaf hear my sacrilege'. I love the near perfect execution of this album. Whitechapel do what they do extremely well. I can't really say that there's anything on this album that I hate. This is definitely one of the best, if not the best, deathcore effort I've heard this year.