A little over a year removed from the release of A New Era of Corruption and fresh off the heels of announcing a support slot to tour with The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel provides us with first proof of their working on new material in the form of “Section 8,” a track ripe with misanthropy and blistering instrumentation that provides plenty of hype for whatever the band has in store for us later.
Opening with vocalist Phil Bozeman’s growl of ‘We are nothing,’ the opening off-kilter groove lays the foundation for the pummeling first verse, matching a dissonant triple-guitar attack against fiery drumming. While the opening makes repeat appearances, it is certainly strong enough to bolster the track into digestibility – making the overall structure of the track among the best conceived by the band.
Though the track is bolstered on a heavy, groove-laden section, Whitechapel still inject breakdowns and relentless blast-beat passages. While the first breakdown acts like more of a verse or bridge than anything else, it is almost a little too long to be fully enjoyable. The ups and downs of the track make for a roller-coaster ride of aggression, as the speedy tempo of later parts lays the groundwork for ripping melodies to slice in and out of the thunderous drumming.
Lyrically, Bozeman brings more of his usual spite-filled lyricism, screaming phrases like ‘We all have hidden agendas we claim don’t exist’ in his usual gritty fashion. The lack of range in his screams is a little disheartening here, as we know he can pull off some nice highs to counter his gruff lows.
As for its finish, “Section 8” apexes with a sludgy breakdown slathered with unrelenting double-bass, with Bozeman repeating ‘You’re all worthless’ as the track comes to a sudden close.
Though we haven’t heard anything about when Whitechapel will be releasing anything, this song is a welcome sign of positivity – balancing great flow and a thunderous rhythmic attack to make “Section 8” a sure-fire winner for fans.