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Whitechapel is a district in East London, England where a series of murders were committed by Jack the Ripper.
Given the history, Whitechapel would be an excellent name for a British Deathcore band. However, the actual Whitechapel is from Knoxville, TN.

Founded in '06, Whitechapel released their debut album, "The Somatic Defilement" before signing with Metal Blade Records.

"This Is Exile" failed to make the Billboard Top 100 Albums stalling at #118, but it earned Whitechapel tour slots, though usually far down the bill or second stage festival appearances.

Whitechapel's third album, "A New Era Of Corruption, released in '10, sold around 10,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release. The effort debuted at #43 on the Billboard 200 chart. As a result, their tour status improved and there even treks as a headliner.

But the self-titled fourth album failed to equal its predecessor.

Though it received mixed reviews, "Our Endless War," a '14 release, improved Whitechapel's expectations. The album reach #10 on Billboard, #2 on both the U.S. Indie and Rock charts, and topped the Hard Rock survey. The album was also the group's first to chart in Canada.

Whitechapel's sixth full-length album, "Mark Of The Blade," arrived two years later. "(It) remains true to the band's roots while venturing into previously unexplored territory, both sonically and lyrically," read a band statement.

Shortly after the album's release drummer Ben Harclerode announced via Twitter that he had left the group, stating "it was the hardest move I've ever made, but I was truly unhappy and (it) needed to happen."

There was another change in the offing with "The Valley." The album contained the track "Brimstone," which proffered "a more melodic Metal sound" as opposed to Whitechapel's signature Deathcore. Another track, "Hickory Creek," had predominantly clean or melodic vocals throughout which also differed significantly from earlier work.

The album title referenced Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, TN) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. "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," said guitarist Alex Wade.

Whitechapel Discography

Studio Albums:

2007 The Somatic Defilement
2008 This Is Exile
2010 A New Era Of Corruption
2012 Whitechapel
2014 Our Endless War
2016 Mark Of The Blade
2019 The Valley

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