Whitechapel Set March Release For New Album “The Valley”, Premiere “Brimstone”


Whitechapel have premiered their new track “Brimstone” off their forthcoming album, “The Valley“. Metal Blade have slated a March 29th release date for that record with pre-orders for it now available here. The album is a personal one for frontman Phil Bozeman, who tackles the hardships of his childhood—including his mothers struggles with schizophrenia and substance abuse and eventual death, as well as the death of his father when he was young (Bozeman has previously spoken of his childhood.)

The title of the album itself refers to the part of Hardin Valley near Knoxville, Tennessee where Bozeman grew up. He said of the lyrical content on the record:

“It’s all about me as a child, and some of it is me looking back on that time from the perspective of now. Also, it’s my interpretation of my mom’s struggles and her different personalities. She had a journal that contained very disturbing and sometimes evil writings, and some of her quotes and a lot of that journal is in the lyrics.”

Speaking of the record, guitarist Alex Wade commented:

“Lyrically, emotionally, melody wise, there are not many ‘happy’ sounding parts on this record. Our last album, ‘Mark Of The Blade‘ did not sound exactly ‘happy’ either, but the majority of those songs did not have much emotion or vibe behind them, they were just straightforward metal songs. These songs have a darker, more melancholic presentation to them.”

Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder) produced the effort, which was recorded at the home studios of the band’s Alex Wade and Zach Householder, with drumming sessions having been laid down at Warner Brothers Studio in Nashville, TN. For the drums, the band recruited Navene Koperweis (Entheos, ex-Animals As Leaders) to handle the studio drumming on the record.

Meanwhile. the band will once again indulge in some clean singing this time around with the track “Hickory Creek” in particular being singled out as exclusively featuring clean vocals. Wade said of that:

“With the instrumentation still sounding dark and heavy I think Phil‘s decision to sing the whole track provides a nice complementing balance. His singing never sounds awkward or forced, it always just sounds like what is supposed to go there.”

Wade also summed up the record, offering:

“We have expanded on the sound we created on ‘Mark Of The Blade‘ and created a more cohesive work of art overall. I believe our fans will be able to hear and appreciate the overall mood and vibe that we created with this record, which applies to every aspect of it, including the artwork. Moreover, we are stronger now as a band than we have been in the past few years, and I hope that we are able to look back on this album and see it as a major transitioning period of our career, in a positive way.”

Whitechapel - The Valley

01 – “When A Demon Defiles A Witch
02 – “Forgiveness Is A Weakness
03 – “Brimstone
04 – “Hickory Creek
05 – “Black Bear
06 – “We Are One
07 – “The Other Side
08 – “Third Depth
09 – “Lovelace
10 – “Doom Woods

Currently the band are out on ‘Ten Years Of Exile Tour‘, performing their 2008 sophomore album “This Is Exile” in full each night. Chelsea Grin, Oceano and Slaughter To Prevail join them on that run, with dates available below:

11/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
11/02 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
11/03 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
11/04 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
11/05 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
11/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/08 Huntington, WV – V Club
11/09 Dayton, OH – Oddbodys
11/10 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
11/12 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
11/13 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
11/16 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
11/17 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
11/18 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
11/20 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
11/21 Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
11/23 Wichita, KS – Wave
11/24 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
11/25 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
11/27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/28 Spokane, WA – The Pin
11/29 Seattle, WA – Showbox at The Market
11/30 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
12/01 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
12/02 Bend, OR – Domino Room
12/04 Chico, CA – Senator Theater
12/05 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
12/06 Bakersfield, CA – Bryder’s
12/07 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater
12/08 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
12/09 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
12/12 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
12/13 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
12/14 Memphis, TN – Growler’s
12/15 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
12/16 Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine

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