Words by: Tyler Bogliole
Photos: Dhruv Kumar
This lineup was a deathcore kid’s dream. Signs Of The Swarm, Entheos, Archspire and the mighty Whitechapel.
Up first was Entheos. A fairly new band gaining a pretty big audience off of their constant liquid metal rotation and rightfully so. They deliver so hard live. Playing songs such as “In Purgatory” and “I Am The Void” they were a fun band to watch.
Next was Signs Of The Swarm. Admittedly, I wasn’t a fan of the band until this performance. I always brushed them off but they made me regret that. What a set. “Death Whistle” is HUGE live. What an amazing song and super glad I saw them.
Last of the openers was Archspire. Their technicality is unmatched. Perfect band to go on right before Whitechapel. They kept the audience engaged throughout their set and while technical death metal can possibly get boring, they made sure they didn’t. “Involuntary Doppelgänger” was by far the highlight.
Lastly was Whitechapel. I love this band and I couldn’t believe they were doing a whole set of “The Valley”. That record is one of my all time favorites and to see it live in full made it that much better. Easily my favorite WC album (fight me). They ended their set with obvious classics like “This Is Exile” and “Possession” but their performances of songs like “Third Depth” and “Hickory Creek” just made the songs that much better.
WHITECHAPEL w/ Archspire, Signs Of The Swarm, Entheos:
4/14/2023 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/15/2023 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/16/2023 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4/18/2023 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
4/19/2023 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/20/2023 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
4/21/2023 The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
4/22/2023 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/24/2023 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
4/25/2023 The House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/27/2023 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
4/28/2023 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
4/29/2023 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
5/01/2023 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
5/02/2023 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
5/04/2023 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
5/05/2023 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
5/06/2023 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
5/07/2023 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
5/09/2023 Mohawk – Austin, TX
5/10/2023 Grenada Theater – Dallas, TX
5/12/2023 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
5/13/2023 Basement East – Nashville, TN
The Valley is WHITECHAPEL’s seventh full-length studio offering, released in 2019 via Metal Blade Records. The record was mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder). Exclaim crowned The Valley, “the strongest release of [WHITECHAPEL’s] career…” In a 9/10 review, Metal Injection championed, “one of the most well-written metal albums I have heard in quite some time,” furthering, “The interplay of the heavy and the melancholy is done beautifully.” Added Consequence Of Sound, “Thanks to a unique blend of instrumentation, excellent vocal talent, and poetic lyricism, WHITECHAPEL’s The Valley takes its place among the upper ranks of the band’s discography.”