Whitechapel – Recorrupted
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Coming off the back of their strongest album with ?A New Era of Corruption?, there is little doubt that Whitechapel sit firmly on top of the deathcore heap. Whether it?s so they have something to promote on their up-coming trek with The Devil Wears Prada, or if it?s simply to keep their baying fan base satisfied, the Knoxville, Tennessee six-piece have released their first EP, entitled ?Recorrupted?.
The extended play marks the group?s first recording with new drummer Ben Harclerode (ex-Knights of the Abyss), and as a release it?s a bit of a mixed bag. The remixes of ?Breeding Violence? by Big Chocolate and ?This Is Exile? (by Dillinger Escape Plan?s Ben Weinman) are interesting enough, but it?d be hard to imagine anyone but big time dance music (or whatever the genre is) and Whitechapel fans will see the tracks as anything more than a piece of curio.
The most potentially eyebrow raising addition to the EP would easily be the acoustic re-working of ?End of Flesh?. Having wisely made the tune into an instrumental piece, the song actually works quite well, with a strong Opeth-esque feel running the throughout ? even the ending breakdowns sound pretty impressive of the grandpa?s guitars. The only ?new? track on the release is the awesome ?Section 8?, and is textbook Whitechapel, with crushing riffs, demolishing drum work and Phil Bozeman?s ungodly vocals, while the run-through of Pantera?s ?Strength Beyond Strength? is suitably heavy, and other than the lowered tuning, doesn?t vary much from the original ? which is probably for the best.
In this reviewer?s opinion, the whole ?one new song + bunch of other crap you won?t listen to more than once? take on EPs is becoming an annoying trend in the metal world, and while the remixes probably won?t do much for you, the new track, the good cover and impressive re-working saves ?Recorrupted? from being worthless stop-gap, and instead a decent addition to Whitechapel‘s back-catalog.
Label: Metal Blade Records
By Andrew Kapper