Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Whitechapel – This is Exile

This is Exile
Metal Blade

Our society frowns upon stereotypes and generalizations, and for good reason. They are flawed, if not outright incorrect. “Everything” isn’t awful; be it people, food, cars or anything else.

I mention this because of the frequency in which deathcore albums have been popping up lately. This isn’t a sound that’s appealing to me, but it is to others. Thinking back on past trends, good bands always emerge from them. Not many folks would question the talent of System of a Down or Jimmy Eat World. Some of these deathcore band have to be good. It would be irresponsible to ignore deathcore solely based on preconceived notions.

As with all trends, some deathcore bands are well-meaning plagiarists, some bands are actually good and most of them are scam artists avoiding 9-to-5 work. Whitechapel is firmly in this last group. This is Exile is filled with warmed-over riffs that were spliced together with Pro Tools, not to mention the false-ass blastbeats. It’s a disaster.

Here’s the final breakdown (ha!) of the deathcore situation. Following this post, No Funeral will resume with its regularly scheduled programming. Also, This is Exile is recommended for no one.

Suicide Silence, Job for a Cowboy = actually worth your valuable time

ABACABB, Animosity = pretty good, getting better

Whitechapel, As Blood Runs Black, Impending Doom, All Shall Perish, Emmure, et al. = AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

Whitechapel – This is Exile


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