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Pre-Order the upcoming release, Our Endless War by Whitechapel, and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!


Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is Whitechapel. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level. "The record grasps everything that we've done thus far," states guitarist Alex Wade. "It's got some of the elements from Whitechapel (2012), but also some from A New Era Of Corruption (2010) and This Is Exile (2008). It brings back the blastbeats and really aggressive sounding stuff from those earlier records, but it also has a lot of layers and some slower, more groove-oriented songs, which have become a big part of what we do."

For vocalist Phil Bozeman, Whitechapel opened doors for the band to truly come into their own. "Since putting out that record we felt as if we weren't held back by what people expected us to write. The best thing a band can have is diversity and show you can be talented no matter what type of music you're writing or performing, and that record did that for us." Accordingly, Our Endless War is indeed diverse, each song occupying its own space while contributing to the overall feel of the record. Opening with brief brooding instrumental "Rise", anyone concerned that the band might be lightening up will swiftly be silenced as the title track tears them a new one, for the first time introducing a visceral thrash element to their sound. "We've always had really fast parts, but that's a genre of metal we've never tapped into. Zach (Householder, guitar) is a huge thrash fan and brought that riff to us. We put a lot of effort into really bringing these lively thrash elements to the record, if we were going to do it we were going to do it right, but our way, and I think we pulled that off." Demonstrating they do every bit as much damage no matter what tempo they play at, the mechanical horror of "Let Me Burn" is one of the biggest songs the band have put their name to, while six-minute closer "Diggs Road" sees them scaling some seriously epic heights. "We wanted to make these songs as big as we possibly could, and we really focused on what's going to sound great when played live. A lot of people first hear us live, and we want songs that are not only going to sound good on the record." Famed for their three-guitar lineup, the band have always packed a crushing sonic punch, but on Our Endless War they take greater advantage of this than previously. Frequently, the seven-stringers build dramatic, incredibly heavy walls of thrilling noise through interweaving their parts, making for a sonic richness that pulls listeners even further into the songs. "On A New Era and Exile we had that kind of old school metal mindset: two guitar tracks, bass, drums, vocals - here it is, let's go. That changed on the self-titled record. We started not being afraid to really utilize the three guitars, and on the new record we didn't hold back on giving songs a lot of layers and textures to create something that is not only heavy but has a real depth to it."

As with all of Whitechapel's releases the heaviness does not just stem from the music but Bozeman's lyrics, showing characteristic diversity across the record's ten tracks. "The Saw Is The Law" shows defiance in the face of the band's detractors, while the futile loss of hope of an average man is explored in truly unsettling fashion on "Let Me Burn". He attacks the manner in which technology has overtaken contemporary life on "Worship The Digital Age", and on "Diggs Road" he unflinchingly delves into the struggles and suicidal thoughts stemming from losing his parents at an early age. As varied as they are, all of these themes are united by the title of record. "Our Endless War refers to every type of war. World war, personal war, life is war, no matter if you're happy, sad, depressed or emotionless. You have to fight every day to live no matter if it's a small or large-scale problem, whether it's an easy battle or a hard one."

"That we can play to a lot of different demographics is one of the things I'm most grateful for. We can play to the fourteen to eighteen year old Asking Alexandria crowd, and then we can play to the mid twenties to mid forties Gwar crowd. It's always been like that, and that's an amazing thing, because it strips us of the kind of limitations a lot of bands face. Whitechapel opened a lot of doors for us and we want to open a whole lot more with this new record. This is the best we've ever been, and we don't want to let anything stand in our way."

Also available with Autographed CD Booklet:
This Is Exile

Whitechapel's North American Tour Dates:

  • 4/16 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
  • 4/17 - Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY
  • 4/18 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
  • 4/19 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
  • 4/20 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • 4/22 - Greene Street Club - Greensboro, NC
  • 4/23 - New Brookland Tavern - West Columbia, SC
  • 4/24 - Roc Bar - Jacksonville, FL
  • 4/25 - The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
  • 4/27 - Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
  • 5/03 - Calle 2 Pabellion B - Jalisco, Mexico
  • 5/04 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico
  • 5/05 - Plaza Condesa - Mexico City, Mexico
  • 5/14 - Fubar - St Louis, MO
  • 5/15 - Czar Bar - Kansas City, MO
  • 5/17 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
  • 5/18 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
  • 5/19 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
  • 5/20 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
  • 5/21 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
  • 5/22 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
  • 5/23 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
  • 5/24 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
  • 5/25 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
  • 5/26 - Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
  • 5/27 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
  • 5/29 - Marquee Beer Market & Stage - Calgary, Canada
  • 5/30 - Union Hall - Edmonton, Canada
  • 5/31 - Riddell Centre - Regina, Canada
  • 6/01 - The Venue - Fargo, ND
  • 6/02 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
  • 6/03 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
  • 6/04 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
  • 6/05 - CenterStage Bar and Grill - Kokomo, IN
  • 6/07 - The International - Knoxville, TN
  • 6/08 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
  • 6/10 - The Opera House - Toronto, Canada
  • 6/11 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6/12 - Stage 48 - New York, NY
  • 6/13 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
  • 6/14 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
  • 6/15 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
  • 6/16 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
  • 6/17 - Firestone Live - Orlando, FL
  • 6/18 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 6/20 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
  • 6/21 - House of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
  • 6/22 - Gas Monkey Bar N Grill - Dallas, TX
  • 6/23 - Mohawk - Austin, TX

*Offer valid only with purchase of Our Endless War. This special offer is valid for both domestic and international orders. Pre-ordered CDs shipping with promotional items are limited to (5) per customer. Autographed CD booklets will be available while supplies last, newburycomics.com will post information when autographed booklets are sold out.


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