Label: Metal Blade Records
The words Tennessee and heavy metal are not usually found in the same sentence together. Being a Southern state that houses the capitol of country music one can only guess how well received the genre is there. Being from Tennessee and having lived there for 35 years I have seen both the interpretation of metal by those who have claimed to be fans and started ‘metal’ bands and the interpretation of what people THINK heavy metal is by people who are VERY much anti-heavy metal music listeners. Needless to say, Tennessee has never painted a pretty picture for heavy metal in a very long time. In fact, for the first time in 20+ years Iron Maiden finally came back to Nashville just last year…so yeah…there has been a drought.
This brings us to Whitechapel, a death metal band hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee. A city which is more known for the 1984 World’s Fair and rich rednecks that dress in orange and who think that talking bad about the UT Vols is like talking back to Jesus Christ. After doing a little digging I see Whitechapel are a very popular band with over 1 million fans on Facebook and signed to Metal Blade Records which is no small feat. Before Whitechapel the only other big metal band from my home state I really knew about were the over the top Destroy, Destroy, Destroy who have seemed to drop off the map as of late. So, always eager to promote my home state especially when it comes to metal, I eagerly delved into ‘Our Endless War’. What I got was a lot of Southern deep fried anger… Continue reading Music Review: Whitechapel CD: Our Endless War