Whitechapel is a six-piece Deathcore group from Tennessee. One of the most popular and respected bands in the modern metal scene, they take their name from the infamous Whitechapel murders committed by Jack the Ripper. Along with bands like Suicide Silence, Job for a Cowboy, Chelsea Grin, and (early) Bring Me the Horizon, they are one of the acts responsible for popularizing the deathcore genre as a whole.Emerging in 2007 with their debut album The Somatic Defilement, which was a concept album about Jack the Ripper himself, they didn't experience a lot of success at first. The album was generally considered good, but aside from feeling more "death" than "core", there was hardly anything about the album that made it stand out. It was a fairly standard deathcore album that featured a lot of breakdowns and death metal riffs. They gained a fanbase, but most critics felt like if the band were to remain on the scene, they would need to amp their sound up a bit. But the album had its merits. For one, Phil Bozeman's distinct growl style was noted by many listeners as a highlight of the album. Everyone knew that they had potential, but it was a mystery at the time as to whether they would end up reaching it.This all changed with their sophomore album This Is Exile, which shut most of their doubters up to an extent. Everything that was wrong with their debut was improved; the breakdowns were better placed, the riffs were more technical, the production was cleaner, the songwriting was better and less cluttered, and it overall just felt a lot fresher. The strong points were kept as well; they still had more emphasis on the "death" part of their sound, and Phil's signature vocal style was established as a trademark when the album came out. By then, Whitechapel had become a big name, and it was clear they would remain for some time. That being said, some people were still not sold on them, thinking that they still had a little bit of growing up to do.
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