Making a b-sides and rarities record is usually reserved for bands who want to reward their die-hard fans in some way. Though the power of the internet has made it easier to obtain said tracks prior to a band doing such a thing, most bands still sneak acoustic tracks and the now popular remix cuts into their deluxe versions or re-releases. Deathcore outfit Whitechapel decided to go a slightly different route, packaging a new track with two remixes, a cover and strangely enough, an acoustic cut of one of their songs. As weird and possibly moot as this release may sound, it turns out not to be a total waste of resources, as Whitechapel bookends arguable filler with a great new track and an intriguingly good take on one of their more recent songs. In any case, Recorrupted is probably reserved for the die-hard Whitechapel fan and sadly no one else.
“Section 8” has been touted by the band for a while as their first song written since acquiring new kit-master Ben Harclerode – and in all of its dissonant glory, the track still kicks pretty hard. On the other hand, WC’s cover of Pantera’s “Strength Beyond Strength” is respectable, but the grating vocals of Phil Bozeman just don’t quite transfer as well as the triple guitar attack Whitechapel lays down here. While we can’t expect a perfect rendition of the classic track, it’s also difficult to parlay such aggressive vocals to a track such as this – though Whitechapel’s hammering ending is a damn good one.
The pair of remixes are what end up as the duds of the bunch. Big Chocolate’s “Breeding Violence” remix does little else but suck all the bob-and-weave energy out of the original, leaving only a few sections of guitar-warping to truly get into. Ben Weinman’s cut of “This is Exile” is reasonable at best, mixing a brooding atmosphere and haunting melodies that apex into a mechanical, yet intriguing interpretation of the track’s breakdown.
Ending the EP is the peculiar yet entertaining acoustic version of “End of Flesh.” Broken down and not trying to battle with machine-gun drumming, the trio of guitars rip through bursts of maniacal strumming laced with dissonant melodies. While obviously not as abrasive, it serves itself well and actually transfers decently into an acoustic track sans vocals.
In short, Recorrupted holds some value to us as Whitechapel fans, but with some skippable content. While it isn’t an EP of completely new material or even a full-length, hopefully this will keep the ball rolling towards another Whitechapel release in 2012.