Musical Arrangements, Production Save Orbit Culture’s New LP

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Independent metal band Orbit Culture is working hard to make a name for itself within the bigger metal community.  The band released its new album Nija aug 7 through seek & Strike Records.  The 10-song album is a powerful entry that will appeal to the band’s target audience.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  Its lyrical themes do their own part to make the album appealing to the noted listeners.  The record’s production is just as much of note as its overall content.  When this item is considered along with the album’s content, the album in whole proves to be a presentation that the band’s target audience base will agree is worth hearing at least once.

Orbit Culture’s new album Nija is a strong new effort from the band that the group’s target audience base will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the record’s collective musical arrangements.  From beginning to end of the 45-minute record, its riffs, seething vocal deliveries, bass and drums will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  Each arrangement exhibits touches of groove metal joined with death metal, thrash, and even a bit of black metal.  At the same time, there is also a hint of melodic metal and hard rock added to the mix for a result that is truly interesting.  The heavier arrangements will appeal to fans of bands, such as Whitechapel, Humanity’s Last Breath, and Gojira.  The album’s more melodic moments, such as in ‘Open Eye’ and ‘See Through Me’ take listeners in a completely different direction.  ‘Open Eye’ conjures thoughts of early Metallica at various points while the whole of ‘See Through Me’ is more of a metalcore presentation.  In the exact same breath, there are plenty of other moments in ‘Open Eye’ that are more akin to the noted heavier acts.  The two elements are very well-balanced here and make for quite the interesting composition.  ‘Sun of All’ is another of those arrangements in this record that balances the noted death and black metal elements with a distinct melodic hard rock sensibility.  It comes later in the record’s run.  The two sides are so well-balanced, too, that one can’t help but listen.  Add in the hypnotizing string arrangement and metalcore elements, and audiences get in this song what is musically, one of the album’s most standout moments.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s musical arrangements show their importance.  When it is considered along with the rest of the album’s arrangements (noted and not) the whole of the album’s musical body becomes a presentation that in itself makes the album well worth hearing.  For all that the album’s musical arrangements do for its whole, they are just one of the album’s notable aspects.  Its lyrical content is sure to generate its own share of interest among audiences.

The lyrical content featured throughout Nija is intriguing to say the least.  While the record’s musical arrangements guarantee far-reaching appeal, its lyrical content feels much more targeted with its dark, nihilistic overtones.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in ‘North Star of Nija.’  The song’s lead verse states, “Combust/The opulence of all the human faults in flames/You’ve killed/But you see yourself for real in here/The serpent/Black god/The north star of Nija.”  The song’s second verse adds in, “Adjust the ornament/To fit the true king of our realm/You bow to a darker power that’s real in here…I’ve lived through some grey days/But I’ve never really given it a thought/How I live/How it’s feasting on me/How it’s taking me.”  The song’s third verse is just as heavy, stating, “I’m the leader of all that’s dead/I’m the crows that you witness next/I’m the leech that steals from the mother’s breast/I’m the serpent in Hell.”  The song goes on in similar fashion from here with the only real seeming glimmer of hope coming later in the line, “You’ll stay here for a long time/You’ll dry your tears from off your face/But you can’t look back now.”  Even that is questionable in its delivery.  It could be positive, but considering the next lines, it is difficult to say.  Ultimately the song ends with the line, “I’ve sent down the crows to Hell/To gather the bones of you/I’ve given the piece of skin/To the gods of the broken man/I am complete.”  So maybe, just maybe this is meant to send a sense of overcoming adversity.  It leaves even this critic bewildered.  Even with all of this in mind, that it has the potential to create so much discussion makes it stand out as just one example of what makes the album’s lyrical content important.  ‘Behold’ is another example of what makes Nija’s lyrical intriguing.

‘Behold’ comes across as a deeply introspective work in its own right.  Front man Niklas Karlsson sings in the song’s lead verse, “In the essence of the fire/I’m realizing that this is life now/I’ve tried so hard to keep this feeling/Of feeling sane/Mind and body/I tried so hard to keep the demons/The fallen society/The downfall of you and me/in the white halls we are searching.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “In the presence of the higher/The mesmerizing colors/I’ve tried so hard to find the healing/Being sane/Tired body/I tried so hard to keep the demons in me.”  At this point, it can be inferred that this is someone facing that age old battle with self.  Things don’t get much brighter from here.  As a mater of fact, the nihilism continues right to the end, with Karlsson stating in the end, “Death is certain/Nothing else more can be/No light in the tunnels of this force spinning wheel/The white robe ideal.”  Simply put, this is not the happiest of songs musically or lyrically.  It will appeal to a very targeted listener base.  Keeping that in mind, it is just one more way in which the record’s lyrical content proves its importance to its whole.  ‘Rebirth’ is just as nihilistic as ‘Behold’ and much of the album’s other songs in its lyrical presentation.

Much like ‘Behold’ and the album’s other songs, this is a work that will appeal to a very targeted audience.  That is because it is just as lyrically heavy as those works.  The song’s lead verse proves that as Karlsson sings, “My sun/It’s time to leave this world/It’s time to leave the daylight stream/It’s time to feel this rain/Through the fire hail/This is all I have to say/This is all that’s left of me/In this shell I’ve lived through Hell/Walking icy plains/I cannot take what this world gave me/I cannot live through this hell/I cannot take this life that I’ve been given/I’ve always sung the words and songs of death.”  Once again, things don’t get much brighter from here.  To that end, there is not a lot of need to go on from here about this song’s lyrical content.  Again, it is a presentation that will only appeal to a very targeted audience.  In other words, it’s one more example of why the lyrics play their own role in the bigger picture of Nija.  Needless to say the album’s lyrics require audiences to be in a very specific mindset in order to be appreciated.  To that end, whether it detracts from or adds to the album’s presentation all depends on the listener.  Regardless of which side one takes in that discussion, one thing on which everyone can agree is that the album’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Nijia is important to note because it is that work that made the album sound so good.  As noted already, there is a lot going on throughout this record in terms of its arrangements.  There are moments in which the guitars and vocals roar alongside the bass and drums.  There are also moments throughout the album that are more controlled (for lack of better wording).  There are also moments in which both are incorporated into one song.  Regardless of which song is chosen, it can be said that the utmost attention to detail was taken throughout the album.  Each instrument is expertly coupled with its partners from start to end.  The result is a record that is worth hearing just as much as it is for the depth of the arrangements themselves.  Those two elements together make the album worth hearing even despite the issues raised by the album’s lyrical content.

Orbit Culture’s new album Nija is an intriguing offering from the independent metal outfit.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements, which blend together so many different metal genres from one to the next and even within themselves.  They make the album worth hearing if only for themselves.  The album’s lyrical content poses a bit of a problem for its presentation.  That is because in looking at this aspect, it will appeal to a very targeted audience, unlike the album’s musical content.  Even with that in mind, the lyrical content does not detract so much from the album that it is not worth hearing.  The record’s production partners with the arrangements to make up for the problem posed by the album’s lyrical content.  The production and music work together to make Nija worth hearing at least among the metal masses.  It is available now through Seek & Strike Records.  More information on Nija is available along with all of Orbit Culture’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.orbitculture.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OrbitCulture

 

 

Twitter: http://twitte.com/orbitculture

 

 

 

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Lost In Static Honors Fallen Friend In New Single, Video

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Independent metal band Lost in Static debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Jordan‘ Thursday. The song and video are the second from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is scheduled for release later this year.  Its release date will be announced later.

Lost in Static debuted the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Feel Alive‘ more than nine months ago.

The video features footage of the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision and crosses that with the song’s lyrics, which according to a statement about the song, are about a friend of the band who died in a wreck.

“Our new single “Jordan” is our second track to be released from our upcoming debut record,” the statement reads. “’Jordan’ was a childhood friend who unfortunately lost his life from drinking and driving. This song was written in his honour. It’s heavy, it’s beautiful and we hope everyone is going to love it as much as we do!”

The story serves as a starting point for discussions on the dangers of drunk driving and in relation, the disease that is alcoholism.

The song’s musical arrangement is a fiery composition that translates well, the emotions felt by the band members when they learned of their friend’s passing.  Its heavy guitars, screaming vocal delivery and pounding drums and  bass will appeal to fans of bands, such as Whitechapel, Periphery, and Born of Osiris.

‘Jordan’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Lost In Static’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/lostinstatic.band.

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Whitechapel Debuts ‘Doom Woods’ Video; Announces Rescheduled Live Dates

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Whitechapel debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Doom Woods‘ Thursday.  The song is the seventh single from the band’s 2019 album The Valley.  Its premiere comes more than a year after the band debuted the album’s sixth single ‘Hickory Creek.’

The album’s other singles are: ‘Forgiveness is Weakness,’ ‘Third Depth,’ ‘Black Bear,’ and ‘Brimstone‘ and ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch.’  Along with releasing those singles, the band also partnered with Revolver magazine last year to release a trio of live performances from the band that were recorded at the band’s Nov. 19, 2018 performance at the Belasco Theater in New York.  The featured performances were of the songs: ‘Forgiveness Is Weakness,’ ‘Brimstone’ and ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch.’

Guitarist Alex Wade said in a recent interview, he was pleased with the video’s outcome.

“We are excited to release the animated video for ‘Doom Woods’ off our 2019 release ‘The Valley,’ he said.  “While we have some time off from touring, we thought it would be a great time to give a visual representation to the closing track from the album. We were blown away with what the design team was able to create and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. It really gives the track a new depth.”

While the COVID-19 outbreak caused the cancellation of Whitechapel’s current tour, the band  has announced a new re-scheduled tour alongside As I Lay Dying and Shadow of Intent that is set to launch Feb. 17 in Tucson, AZ and to run through March 20 in Riverside, CA.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  The band is stressing to audiences that anyone who bought tickets for its cancelled dates can use those tickets for its upcoming Winter/Spring 2021 tour.

 

Whitechapel tour dates
w/ As I Lay Dying, Shadow Of Intent

Feb. 17, 2021 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
Feb. 18, 2021 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater
Feb. 19, 2021 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Feb. 20, 2021 – Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
Feb. 21, 2021 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Feb. 23, 2021 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
Feb. 25, 2021 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Feb. 26, 2021 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Feb. 27, 2021 – Destin, FL @ Rock Destin
Mar. 1, 2021 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Mar. 3, 2021 – New York, NY @ Gramercy
Mar. 5, 2021 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar. 6, 2021 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 7, 2021 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mar. 9, 2021 – Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
Mar. 10, 2021 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Mar. 11, 2021 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Mar. 12, 2021 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Mar. 13, 2021 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
Mar. 14, 2021 – Wichita, KS @ Wave
Mar. 15, 2021 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Mar. 16, 2021 – Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s
Mar. 17, 2021 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Mar. 19, 2021 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Mar. 20, 2021 – Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium

 

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Websitehttp://www.whitechapelband.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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As I Lay Dying Debuts ‘Torn Between’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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As I Lay Dying debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Torn Between‘ Monday.  The video features the band performing its new single, and crosses that with a story about a man apparently being reunited with a love interest thanks to an experimental tool that he has developed.

The song’s musical arrangement is a more melodic work than some of its past works.  The news release distributed about the video does not offer an explanation for the song’s lyrical theme, but from the story featured in the video, it would seem that the theme has to do with someone dealing with an internal emotional struggle of sorts.

‘Torn Between’ is featured in AILD’s latest album Shaped By Fire (2019)  The also has also produced the singles ‘Shaped By Fire,’ ‘Blinded,’ ‘Redefined‘ and ‘My Own Grave.’  Additionally, the band debuted the B-side ‘Destruction or Strength‘ on March 27.

Sales of the B-side — and a new t-shirt that the band is selling — will go to benefit the San Diego, CA-based nonprofit, Feeding San Diego, which works to feed low-income families, senior citizens and everyone suffering from unemployment by providing food for those people.  The sales will also benefit AILD’s road crew, since the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has cancelled the band’s tour.

 

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Along with debuting its new single and video, As I Lay Dying also announced Monday, a new series of live dates with Whitechapel and Shadow of Intent for 2021.  The “Burn To Emerge 2021 Tour” is scheduled to launch Feb. 17 in Tucson, AZ and to run through March 20 in Riverside, CA.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Albany, NY; Raleigh, NC and Columbus, OH.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.

 

 

2/17/2020  Tucson, AZ @ Rialto 
2/18/2020  Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater
2/19/2020  Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
2/20/2021  Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
2/21/2021  Austin, TX @ Emo’s
2/23/2021  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
2/25/2021  Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
2/26/2021  Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/27/2021  Destin, FL @ Rock Destin
3/01/2021 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz 
3/03/2021 New York, NY @ Gramercy 
3/05/2021 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/06/2021 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/07/2021 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
3/09/2021 Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
3/10/2021 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
3/11/2021 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 
3/12/2021 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 
3/13/2021 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
3/14/2021 Wichita, KS @ Wave
3/15/2021 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
3/16/2021 Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s
3/17/2021 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
3/19/2021 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
3/20/2021 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium

 

 

Shaped By Fire is available to stream and download here.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

 

More information on AS I Lay Dying’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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Seasons Debuts ‘Violence Is A Virtue’ Video

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Independent metal outfit Seasons debuted the video for its latest single last week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Violence is a Virtue‘ April 21.  The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy work whose foundation is formed through its guitars, vocals and drums.  It crosses metalcore elements with some death metal sounds for a whole that will reach a wide range of metal fans.  The initial comparisons that can be made through the song’s musical arrangement is to works from the likes of Whitechapel, Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red.

The lyrical theme featured in the song will reach its own share of listeners, as it focuses on someone dealing with the difficult thoughts and emotions that lie just beneath the surface.

Front man Ken Stewart explained the song’s lyrical concept in a recent interview.

“This song is about how I feel about myself and the world around me to a degree,” he said.  “The overwhelming nature of the world and repetition of the day in, day out routine is stifling and limits us as creators.”

‘Violence is a Virtue’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Google Play.

More information on Seasons’ new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SeasonsRVA

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SeasonsRVA

 

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Whitechapel, Revolver Magazine Partner To Debut Three New Live Clips From Recent Whitechapel Concert

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Whitechapel released some new live material this week.

The band, in partnership with Revolver magazine, debuted live performances of its songs ‘Forgiveness Is Weakness,’ ‘Brimstone’ and ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch’ Thursday.  The songs were recorded at the band’s Nov. 19 performance at the Belasco Theater.  The presentation is streaming here.

All three songs featured in the recording are featured in Whitechapel’s most recent album, 2019’s The Valley.  The record is available now through the band’s official Metal Blade Records page here.

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Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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Devin Townsend’s ‘Empath’ Gives The Best Feeling For Audiences In This Year’s New Hard Rock/Metal Field

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This year is one of the strongest in recent memory for metal masses around the world.  This year saw new releases — powerful new releases at that — from some of the most well-known and respected names in the metal community.  Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind is just one of those important new releases that the metal masses received this year.  Amon Amarth’s new album Berserker gave the masses just as much to appreciate, as did new albums from Dragonforce, Killswitch Engage and The Offering.

Between those records and so many others, it goes without saying that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums was anything but easy.  That’s especially the case considering the release early this year, of Devin Townsend’s new album Empath, Hyvmine’s new LP Retaliation and up-and-comers Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu.  This critic took a long time trying to assemble this list.  It was not a chore taken lightly.  As with other lists from this critic, it features the Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal albums as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2019 Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

  1. Devin Townsend — Empath
  2. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  3. Amon Amarth — Berserker
  4. Overkill — The Wings of War
  5. The Offering — Home
  6. Bad Blood — Bad Blood
  7. Whitechapel — The Valley
  8. Hyvmine — Retaliation
  9. Dragonforce — Extreme Power Metal
  10. Of Mice & Men — EARTHANDSKY
  11. Dream Theater — Distance Over Time
  12. Killswitch Engage — Atonement
  13. Awake At Last — The Change
  14. Corroded — Bitter
  15. Alien Weaponry — Tu

 

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Whitechapel Debuts ‘Hickory Creek’ Video

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Whitechapel debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Hickory Creek,’ which is featured in the band’s new album The Valley.  The powerful new video, which is in memory of Theresa Leslie Bozeman — front man Phil Bozeman’s mother — debuted Wednesday.

The video follows what is inferred to be a young Phil and his mother following a violent motor vehicle collision following the pair’s fleeing from a seemingly very bad situation at their home.  The song is just as dramatic in its musical approach, presenting a side of the band that has rarely, if ever, been displayed.

The video for ‘Hickory Creek’ is just the latest video to premiere from The Valley.  The band premiered the video for its most recent single ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch‘ on Feb. 20.

The band debuted the record’s third single ‘Third Depth‘ Jan. 15.  ‘Black Bear‘ and ‘Brimstone‘ preceded its debut on Dec. 13 and Nov. 1 respectively.

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‘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
3. Brimstone
4. Hickory Creek
5. Black Bear
6. We Are One
7. The Other Side
8. Third Depth
9. Lovelace
10. Doom Woods

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The album is available now in a variety of formats, all of which are noted below.

–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)
–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!

Whitechapel will tour in support of The Valley this spring starting Apr. 18 in Sayerville, NJ.  The almost month-long tour is scheduled to run through May 17 in Winston-Salem, NC and feature performance dates in cities, such as Dallas, TX; Pontiac, MI and Berkley, CA.  the tour’s current schedule is noted below.

“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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Websitehttp://www.whitechapelband.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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Whitechapel Releases Third Single From ‘The Valley’

Courtesy: Metal Blade Reocrds

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
3. Brimstone
4. Hickory Creek
5. Black Bear
6. We Are One
7. The Other Side
8. Third Depth
9. Lovelace
10. Doom Woods

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Pre-orders for The Valley are open now.  The album will be available in a variety of formats, all of which are noted below.

–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)
–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!

More information on The Valley, Whitechapel’s current tour schedule and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.whitechapelband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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Whitechapel Debuts Second Single From ‘The Valley’

Courtesy: Metal Blade Reocrds

Whitechapel released the second single from its forthcoming album The Valley this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Black Bear‘ on Thursday.  The song follows the debut of the album’s lead single ‘Brimstone‘ on Nov. 1.

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
3. Brimstone
4. Hickory Creek
5. Black Bear
6. We Are One
7. The Other Side
8. Third Depth
9. Lovelace
10. Doom Woods

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Pre-orders for The Valley are open now.  The album will be available in a variety of formats, all of which are noted below.

–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)
–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!

More information on The Valley, Whitechapel’s current tour schedule and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.whitechapelband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.