Whitechapel debuted the latest single from its new album this week.
The veteran Tennessee-based metal outfit debuted the song ‘Third Depth‘ on Tuesday. The song’s musical arrangement stands out as its verses echo influences of Tool while the choruses are just as familiar, with the band’s trademark down-tuned guitars and gutteral growling from front man Phil Bozeman.
The song’s lyrical content is another powerful presentation, with Bozeman writing, “A fantasy awakens/A dark desire to watch you slip away/Into Oblivion/I can’t wait to watch your flesh turn pale/When I hear the last breath you take/Even with you dead/I still feel the pain/In my heart, things will never be the same/Now I must live out this dark fantasy/I am not the man I came to be.”
Bozeman continues on in similar fashion as the song progresses, weighing his thoughts and emotions.
”Third Depth’ is just the latest single to be released from Whitechapel’s forthcoming seventh full-length studio recording. The album, which is scheduled for release March 29 via Metal Blade Records, has also produced the singles ‘Brimstone’ and ‘Black Bear.’ Both songs are streaming online here.
Produced by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), mixed by David Castillo and mastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Norah Jones, The Eagles), The Valley is currently scheduled for release March 29 via Metal Blade Records.
The album’s title is a reference to the part of the Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, TV) where front man Phil Bozeman grew up. Guitarist Alex Wade explained in a recent interview that the album’s title and lyrical themes go a long way toward explaining what Bozeman endured during his years living in the Hardin Valley.
“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,” Wade said. “I believe 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.”
Bozeman expanded on Wade’s thoughts, saying that the record offers much for audiences to appreciate.
“Sound-wise, it’s all over the place,” Bozeman said. “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 full track listing for The Valley is noted below.
The Valley track-listing
1. When a Demon Defiles a Witch
2. Forgiveness Is Weakness
4. Hickory Creek
5. Black Bear
6. We Are One
7. The Other Side
8. Third Depth
10. Doom Woods
Pre-orders for The Valley are open now. The album will be available in a variety of formats, all of which are noted below.
–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)
–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!
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