The Valley

Whitechapel - The Valley
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #15 / 750
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1079
March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Metal Blade / Label
Deathcore / Genres
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Metal Sucks

Throw all of your expectations for a Whitechapel album out the proverbial window; The Valley is on a completely different level. Be excited. Be very, very excited.


While it's tough to imagine Whitechapel ever topping This Is Exile — one of the most important deathcore albums ever — this record is an extremely close second. The Valley solidifies the band in their current musical direction and is easily Whitechapel's most diverse and well-composed album.

Metal Injection
All I can say is that this is definitely one of the most well-written metal albums I have heard in quite some time. The interplay of the heavy and the melancholy is done beautifully and makes you want to continue listening to the album all the way through, and not just want to skip to other parts.
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.


While most of the band's albums in the 2010s have warranted repeated listenings to absorb, The Valley requires repeats just to get a handle on how much this outfit's approach has developed. Though some fans wishing it were still 2008 may disagree, most fans will embrace Whitechapel's new progression as natural, necessary, and welcome.

Their confidence in holding back the fury also serves them well, not doing so just to make the heavier parts seem heavier, making the whole thing flow seamlessly, carrying Whitechapel almost effortlessly to the proverbial next level.
i fell asleep like 6 times trying to listen to this, this is just an uneventful metal album with its highest points still being boring and done better by other bands
Considering how one-dimensional this genre is known to be, props to Whitechapel for putting out something that is slightly out of the box. Some great atmospheres and Phil's deep clean vocals really stand out. Despite some weird hitting lyrics and meat and potatoes, average deathcore here and there, this is a refreshing listen. "Doom Woods" is a must check out.
Wow how this grew on me. This album was heavy, moody, beautiful, sad, chilling and emotional at the same time. Makes it even more chilling about how the album is based on true events of Bozeman's life.

Best Songs: When a Demon Defiles a Witch, Forgiveness is Weakness, Doom Woods
Original Rating was a 77

This just didn't sit as well with me upon revisiting. It is a lot more unpolished than I remember it being. Oh well.

I'm very impressed with this being my first exposure to Whitechapel and the first time I ever sat down and listened to an entire deathcore album. Phil Bozeman has such a deep growl but also excellent clean vocals. With unique songwriting and admirable instrumentation, The Valley is one of the most memorable metal albums of 2019.

✔️ - When a Demon Defiles a Witch, Hickory Creek, Third Depth, The Other Side, Lovelace
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Track List

  1. When a Demon Defiles a Witch
  2. Forgiveness Is Weakness
  3. Brimstone
  4. Hickory Creek
  5. Black Bear
  6. We Are One
  7. The Other Side
  8. Third Depth
  9. Lovelace
  10. Doom Woods
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Added on: November 3, 2018