On March 29th, Whitechapel will release their 7th full-length, The Valley, via Metal Blade Records. Mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), The Valley is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it. “Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that,” says guitarist Alex Wade, who alongside his bandmates, stands 100% behind everything their vocalist has to say. “I feel our music is Phil’s release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well.”
To hear the previously released tracks (“Brimstone” and “Black Bear”), please visit: http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats: –digipak-CD –box set (digipak CD, shoulder bag, 10 art prints, poster) –clear w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 600 copies) –transparent red w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies *Indie Retail Exclusive*) –opaque red inside black haze vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies) –opaque cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies) –black inside transparent orange haze vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies) –orange / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies) –180g clear vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies) –clear / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies) –white / orange / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies) –orange / purple marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies) –blood splattered vinyl (Impericon exclusive – limited to 100 copies) * exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!
Anyone throwing The Valley on for the first time will immediately recognize it as the work of Whitechapel, yet as has been the case with each release, there is also evolution in play. “Sound-wise, it’s all over the place,” Bozeman states plainly. “There’s aggression, and then you’re hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It’s mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It’s a whirlwind of emotions throughout.”
The Valley track-listing 1. When a Demon Defiles a Witch 2. Forgiveness Is Weakness 3. Brimstone 4. Hickory Creek 5. Black Bear 6. We Are One 7. The Other Side 8. Third Depth 9. Lovelace 10. Doom Woods
“Chaos and Carnage” tour dates w/ Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Fallujah, Spite, Uncured, Buried Above Ground Apr. 18 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom Apr. 19 – Worcester, MA – Palladium Apr. 20 – Reading, PA – Reverb Apr. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater Apr. 24 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre Apr. 25 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Apr. 26 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Apr. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Apr. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze Apr. 30 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater May 2 – Berkley, CA – UC Theatre May 3 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues May 4 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom May 5 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater May 7 – Springfield, MO – The Complex May 8 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom May 9 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box May 10 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live May 11 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live May 12 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre May 15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution May 16 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live May 17 – Winston Salem, NC – Ramkat
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