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WHITECHAPEL's Next Album Will Feature "Clean Vocals"

Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm Follow on Twitter | Follow on Instagram

Get out your pitchforks, Whitechapel fans!  Guitarist Alex Wade revealed in an interview with Revolver Magazine that vocalist Phil Bozeman is exploring doing some singing on the new album.

Wade said the inspiration came from Lamb of God, and the melodic vocals on their single "Overlord" last year:

“We all thought it was really cool how Randy [Blythe] from Lamb Of God wasn’t afraid to try some manly melodic vocals on their last record [VII: Sturm und Drang]. So Phil’s diving into that a little and seeing where it goes. He’s actually got a great singing voice.”

Ultimately, I'm not bringing out the pitchforks because I think getting mad about singing is silly. Let's wait to hear what it actually sounds like before jumping to conclusions. As for the sound of the album, Wade offers:

“I’m not gonna say the whole record is chuggy, but a lot of it is. And there are also passages that have a lot of atmosphere, as well as clean parts that let the songs breathe before we come back with something really heavy. If you’re playing really fast and you try to throw in a bunch of different guitar parts it just sounds like mush. But when you’ve got one guy barreling right down the middle and the other two complimenting the riff, it opens up new opportunities.”

The band is hoping to release the album this summer.

Update: Whitechapel guitarist Zach Householder and vocalist Phil Bozeman sent some conflicting tweets since this story went live:

[via ThePRP]

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    This Is Exile is always relevant :p I kind of thought the same way about the idea of clean vocals in their songs before the album came out. When I heard the songs though, I sort of liked it. Now I actually really enjoy the mix, and think it adds to them as a band since they now have more routes they can take their songs. I feel like they are a more developed band, rather than simply a different band from the This Is Exile era, so although they may have different sounds mixed in with the heaviest stuff, they can still go back to their "original" sound.