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Whitechapel

April 25 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

$25
Whitechapel

“Chaos & Carnage Tour Ft. Whitechapel

  • Whitechapel
  • Dying Fetus
  • Revocation
  • Fallujah
  • Spite
  • Uncured
  • Buried Above Ground

@Concord Music Hall
Thursday, April 25
Show = 5:00 pm
Ages = 17+
Ticket starting price = $25

Whitechapel

WhitechapelFormed in 2006 by Phil Bozeman, Brandon Cagle, and Ben Savage, tech-heavy Knoxville, Tennessee-based death metal outfit Whitechapel (named for the London neighborhood where the notorious Jack the Ripper disposed of most of his victims) blend grindcore, hardcore, and black metal into an unholy trinity of audio violence. After rounding out the lineup with guitarist Alex Wade, bassist Gabe Crisp, and drummer Derek Martin, the band’s 2006 self-produced EP led to a European record deal with the Siege of Amida label and a distribution deal with Candlelight, where the band released its full-length debut, The Somatic Defilement, in 2007. That same year, the band parted ways with Savage and Martin, who were replaced by guitarist Zach Householder and drummer Kevin Lane. After signing on with Metal Blade, the band returned with its sophomore effort, This Is Exile, in 2008, followed shortly thereafter by A New Era of Corruption in 2010. In 2011, Whitechapel parted ways with Lane, replacing the drummer with Ben Harclerode, who made his debut on the remix EP Recorrupted later that year. Whitechapel returned the following year with a self-titled album, which was followed by their fifth album, Our Endless War, in 2014. 2015 saw the release of the crowd-funded live CD/DVD Brotherhood of the Blade, which fans regarded as a high point. The band re-entered the studio at the beginning of 2016 with producer Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse), completing 11 new songs that showcased an evolution in their deathcore sound to include both clean and dirty vocals. The title track was streamed as the set’s first single in April; the album followed in June. (Source)

Dying Fetus

Dying-FetusThough forever doomed, commercially speaking, by their controversial name, Maryland’s Dying Fetus endured beyond most observers’ wildest expectations. Formed in the waning days of death metal’s glorious heyday (1991, to be exact) by John Gallagher (guitar/vocals), Nick Speleos (guitar), Brian Latta (guitar), Jason Netherton (bass), and Kevin Talley (drums), Dying Fetus combined their death metal with hardcore influences in order to develop their own form of American grindcore. But while pioneering bands like Napalm Death and Carcass had taken the U.K. and Europe by storm, this subgenre never really caught on in America, and had been utterly buried by grunge by the time Dying Fetus released their 1995 debut, Infatuation with Malevolence, which, admittedly did little more than collect their old demos into a single package.

After downsizing to a quartet with Speleos’ departure, the band truly began to hit its stride with a slew of increasingly confident and inspired releases, including 1996’s Purification Through Violence, 1998’s Killing on Adrenaline, and 2000’s Destroy the Opposition. All the while, their notoriety continued to grow steadily within the extreme metal underground, as did their audience, thanks to a ferocious live presence and incessant touring at home and abroad with similarly aggressive bands like Kataklysm, the Crown, and Behemoth. Between road jaunts, the band kept itself busy by re-releasing an expanded version of its debut in 1999 and the Grotesque Impalement EP in 2000, but trouble was just around the corner.

Midway through 2001, Gallagher was handed resignation letters from the other members of the group, who proceeded to join forces in a new project called Misery Index, and thus left the future of Dying Fetus very much in doubt. But to everyone’s surprise, Gallagher wasted no time hiring an entirely new lineup consisting of vocalist Vince Matthews, guitarist Mike Kimball, bassist Sean Beasely, and drummer Erik Sayenga. A new single entitled “Vengeance Unleashed” was recorded to support the band’s touring commitments, which included that year’s Wacken Open Air Festival, after which Dying Fetus entered the studio to prepare their fifth album, 2003’s eagerly awaited Stop at Nothing. The blistering War of Attrition appeared in 2007, followed three years later by Descend into Depravity — both of them on Relapse. Arriving in 2012, Reign Supreme became their first to reach the main Billboard album charts. In 2017 the band issued its ninth studio long-player, Wrong One to Fuck With, again via Relapse. (Source)

Revocation

Revocation profile picOriginally operating under the moniker Cryptic Warning, Boston, Massachusetts extreme metal trio Revocation emerged in the mid-2000s armed with a super-technical thrash/death metal-style prizing virtuosity as much as heaviness and aggression. As Cryptic Warning, the band found favor with the metal underground via a pair of well-received demos and a full-length. After changing over to Revocation in 2006, the trio racked up accolades via virtuosic blasts of uncompromising thrash like Chaos of Forms (2011), Deathless (2014), and The Outer Ones (2018).

Comprised of vocalist/guitarist David Davidson, vocalist/bassist Anthony Buda, and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne — all of whom showcase incredible dexterity at their chosen instruments, even by heavy metal standards — the group began attracting attention from numerous labels with their self-released Summon the Spawn EP (2006) and Empire of the Obscene album (2008). They eventually decided to sign with Relapse Records, and delivered their sophomore full-length, Existence Is Futile, in September 2009, also to very positive reviews. The band continued to impress with subsequent albums Chaos of Forms (2011) and Revocation (2013), and in 2014 they inked a deal with Metal Blade and released Deathless, which would become their highest-charting LP to date. It would also be the last outing for drummer Dubois-Coyne, who would leave the group shortly after Deathless’ release. 2016’s Great Is Our Sin introduced new drummer Ash Pearson (3 Inches of Blood), and in September, 2018 they issued their seventh studio long player, The Outer Ones, followed by their first North American headlining tour. (Source)

Fallujah

FallujahDespite several lineup changes, Fallujah, a technical and progressive death metal band from San Francisco, California, have continued to evolve musically, establishing a shining reputation in metal circles as one of the more inventive acts to emerge from the area since Metallica. Formed in early 2007 in the East Bay while the bandmembers were all still high-school students, Fallujah’s original lineup consisted of guitarists Alex Hofmann and Scott Carstairs, bassist Dan Wissinger, drummer Tommy Logan, and vocalist Suliman Arghandiwal Arghandiwal. This first edition of the band played mainly deathcore and grind. They issued a four-song demo just months after they began. Wissinger and Logan left the band shortly thereafter and were replaced by former Vivisection bassist Brandon “Brando” Hoberg and drummer Andrew Baird. Playing as many shows as they could — van parties, basement gigs, etc. — they focused their approach and cut a second four-song demo later in the year and released it in early 2008.

Playing older songs while honing new material, Fallujah embarked on recording their debut EP. Before sessions began, Arghandiwal left and Hofmann took over on vocals while Rob Maramonte, formerly of Eviscerated, joined as a second guitarist. This lineup enhanced the band’s vision, which added technical death metal to its grind-and-blackened deathcore approach. Leper Colony appeared in 2009. Generally celebrated in the underground press, it gave the group more opportunities to tour outside the East Bay and Central Valley areas. They began to play a larger number of clubs in California’s fertile metal scene as well as a regional tour of Northwestern and Southwestern states with Antagony. Fallujah kept audiences happy with new material, issuing two more demos in 2010.

When The Harvest Wombs, their widely anticipated debut long player, arrived in 2011, technical death metal became the primary force in Fallujah’s sonic arsenal. Hofmann emerged as the persona who most clearly articulated the band’s evolving musical and philosophical vision, which caused conflict within the ranks. Despite glowing press, Hoberg and Maramonte left shortly after its release. Guitarist Anthony Borges (ex-Scourge of Medusa, Valkyrja, and Suffokate) and bassist Rob Morey (ex-Scourge of Medusa and Rise of Caligula) replaced them. After a tour of the U.S, Maramonte returned to replace Borges. Hofmann, Carstairs, and Baird began working on a new sound that would expand the band’s sonic and musical reach. With Maramonte back in the second guitar chair, they wove lush atmospherics into their sound with keyboards, backmasking, multi-tracked vocals, and numerous other effects. The first fruit of this labor was 2013’s digital-only three-track EP Nomadic. While all the harsh and ambitious metallic subgenres were readily audible, there was also a progressive element at work as well.

After extensive touring, Maramonte left again; he was replaced by the innovative yet all but unheard-of guitarist Brian James. With his propulsive, syncopated vamping, James added an entirely new dimension to the band’s sound and became a prime support for the imaginative Carstairs, and he began to solo more. In the summer of 2014, Fallujah released The Flesh Prevails. This sophomore long player evidenced the creative fruit of their efforts in seamlessly combining technical and blackened deathcore roots with their emergent progressive tendencies. The self-produced set was engineered by Zach Ohren. In January 2016, Nomadic was re-released, while February saw the announcement of a new studio full-length. Dreamless was released in April. (Source)

Spite

SpiteA decibel- and soul-crushing deathcore unit based out of Southern California, Spite’s lethal blend of death metal, metalcore, and neo-nu-metal has drawn comparisons to contemporaries like Thy Art Is Murder, Acacia Strain, and Suicide Silence. Formed in the Bay Area, and featuring the talents of Darius Tehrani (vocals), Stephen Mallory (bass), Alex Tehrani (guitar), and Cody Fuentes (drums), the band issued an independent EP, Misery, and an eponymous full-length before inking a deal with Attila frontman Chris Fronzak’s Stay Sick Recordings. The band’s first LP for the label, Nothing Is Beautiful, was released in July, 2017. (Source)