Sound — 7
Whitechapel's "This is Exile" is a blistering Deathcore assault. Most impressive is the production, which is necessary when you play with the speed and precision that these dudes do. They get a little breakdown happy at times which really slows the songs down. Fear not, however, because they don't completely suck like Suicide Silence. First and foremost, their guitarists (Ben Savage, Alex Wade, and Zach Householder)can actually play their guitars. They may not play like the guitarists from All Shall Perish or Beneath the Massacre, but they keep the complexity up enough to make the music interesting. Kevin Lane is also an exceptional drummer. The bass is pretty much non-existent, but most deathcore bassists don't really play much anyway. Standout tracks: Messiahbolical, Possession, To All That are Dead, and Eternal Refuge.
Lyrics — 9
Phil Bozeman's lyrics can be rather disgusting and Satanic (but not to quite the extent of Death Metal gods like Deicide). He does, however, create memorable lines that fit to the music such as "I assure everything isn't what it seems to be" from the song 'Eternal Refuge." His vocals are outstanding to be honest. He is precise, he is clear, and he dominates the speakers with ease which is also evident in their live show.
Overall Impression — 8
The Somatic Defilement was also well produced, but not quite as well as this album. That's what sets the two apart in my eyes. While long-time fans swear by Somatic, I prefer This is Exile. This band has unlimited potential and I hope to see Ben Savage rip out more solos than on this effort. The best song on the record, To All That Are Dead, contains a fairly impressive solo (more impressive than the Father of Lies solo at least) and outstanding lyrics and performances from each member of the band. I enjoy Whitechapel right now, but I sure hope they continue to fulfill their potential and grow as a band with albums to come.