To celebrate a decade’s worth of the groundbreaking album, The Somatic Defilement, the Tennessee metal band Whitechapel embarked on a headlining tour to giving people more of the old school songs that a true diehard fan would ask for. Since they were not swinging by Pittsburgh this time around, a road trip was in order so we could bear witness to this killer setlist that any metalhead would enjoy. This time around, I can personally say I truly do miss the local Pittsburgh crowd while I traveled out to Kent, Ohio for this show; in the end, it was still worth it.
Even though the tour was based on Whitechapel’s first album, they played a small handful of some of their latest releases and fan favorites before tuning their instruments even lower for what everyone was asking for. Starting the show off with a couple songs off of their latest release, Mark of the Blade, before venturing into some songs off of their self-titled album and the follow up to that album, Our Endless War. Not a whole lot of time was wasted since Whitechapel is usually a band of business and doesn’t like to waste time while on stage. After a solid seven songs from their most recent collection (setlist below), we finally jumped into the reason everyone came to the show.
Curious of what they would play off of their album based around the elusive Jack the Ripper, I can report that the song choice put my mind at ease because they only picked the best songs off of the album (almost the entire album). Starting off the second part of their set with the first two songs from The Somatic Defilement is more than enough to get anyone going down in the pit area. Following them were some of the classic songs still played at shows for the most part including Vicer Exciser and Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation. Bliss to my ears in the most normal way possible.
With only three songs left out of the set from The Somatic Defilement, Whitechapel has definitely proven themselves time and time again by sticking to their guns and playing the music they thoroughly enjoy. Where some bands have gone a different direction later in their careers or even switched styles completely, we truly have a band that seeks out the heaviest of songs to stick with tradition. Where most bands flop in this category, Whitechapel still finds new ways to keep it going in the ever so judgmental music industry. Celebrating one of the heaviest albums to be released in the past decade was a great choice for them to get back to their roots before starting off the new year with whatever else they have planned. Needless to say, if you have the chance to check out this store, you must. If you need more convincing, their supporting acts include Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, and Entheos. All them as well were on the top of their game that night, so getting to this show is once again a must.
- The Somatic Defilement
- Devirgination Studies
- Fairy Fay
- Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation
- Vicer Exciser
- Ear to Ear