Whitechapel is an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The group comprises vocalist Phil Bozeman, guitarists Ben Savage, Alex Wade, Zach Householder; bassist Gabe Crisp and drummer Ben Harclerode. Their band name is derived from a district in the built-up inner city of London, known as Whitechapel. Since their inception in 2006, the band has released three studio albums, five music videos and are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. Whitechapel's latest album, 2010's A New Era of Corruption, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Formation and The Somatic Defilement (2006—2007)
Whitechapel was founded in February 2006 by Knoxville residents Phil Bozeman, Brandon Cagle, and Ben Savage. They were soon joined by Alex Wade (formerly of Redwinterdying) as a guitarist, along with bassist, Gabe Crisp, and drummer, Derek Martin. The group recorded their first demos in March of that year. They named themselves after the location in London known as Whitechapel where the occurrence of the infamous Whitechapel murders were committed by Jack the Ripper. In 2007 the band signed to Siege of Amida Records in the United Kingdom, and Candlelight Records in North America, and later acquired new drummer Kevin Lane and released their debut full-length albumThe Somatic Defilement in June of that year.
This Is Exile (2007—2010)
In October 2007, the group signed to Metal Blade Records, and in 2008 released their second album entitled This Is Exile. The album reached #118 in the Billboard Top 200. In May 2008, the band toured on The Summer Slaughter Tour, and in August 2008, they began their first ever headlining tour with Impending Doom, A Different Breed of Killer, and Through the Eyes of the Dead.
In 2008 they were starting to tour with more popular bands such as Parkway Drive and Unearth on the Never Say Die! tour. They have produced a video for the song "Possession", along with one for "This Is Exile". Whitechapel has also toured on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival on the Hot Topic Stage along with the bands Job for a Cowboy, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth and The Black Dahlia Murder, and alongside bands of the main stage such as Slayer and Marilyn Manson, who headlined the tour.
A New Era of Corruption and Lane's departure (2010)
Whitechapel recorded their follow-up album to This Is Exile from December 27 to March 31 with Jason Suecof as the chosen producer. The band early-on announced a summer 2010 release date for the record. The name of the album was later confirmed to be A New Era of Corruption. A song from A New Era of Corruption entitled, "The Darkest Day of Man" was performed live before the album's release. Months later it was released as streaming media online. A New Era of Corruption was released on June 8, 2010, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Whitechapel's focus on mass exposure over their small, dedicated following has provided them with featured spots in both California Metal Fest IV and 2010's Warped Tour. They have also been announced to play Download festival in 2010, and will be a part of the second stage showcased. A headlining US tour with Impending Doom, Oceano, I Declare War andMiss May I was held before the end of November. During December 2010, drummer, Kevin Lane left the group within his decision to attend the remainder of his college classes. FormerKnights of the Abyss drummer, Benjamin Harclerode joined the band in Lane's replacement. A live music video for the song "Breeding Violence" was released February 7, 2011.Whitechapel did a US headlining tour titled "The Welcome To Hell Tour" with The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin and I Declare War throughout February and March 2011. This tour was followed by another headlining tour of the same name in Europe with The Acacia Strain as direct support and Impending Doom opening the show. Whitechapel is also co-headlining the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder. In the fall and winter of 2011, Whitechapel will embark on a US tour with The Devil Wears Prada, For Today and Enter Shikari.
- Current members
- Phil Bozeman — vocals (2006–present)
- Gabe Crisp — bass guitar (2006–present)
- Ben Savage — lead guitar (2006–present)
- Alex Wade — guitar (2006–present)
- Zach Householder — guitar (2007–present)
- Ben Harclerode — drums (2011–present)
- Former members
- Kevin Lane — drums (2007–2010)
- Brandon Cagle — guitar (2006–2007)
- Derek Martin — drums (2006–2007)
- Full-length albums
- Recorrupted (2011)
Year Title Director 2008 "This Is Exile" David Brodsky 2008 "Possession" David Brodsky 2009 "Eternal Refuge" Abstrakt Pictures 2010 "The Darkest Day of Man" David Brodsky 2011 "Breeding Violence" Scott Hansen