Whitechapel - The Valley
The Valley
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70
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.
donaldfoss
84
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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
diegosoteldo
85
When the nu metal began to decay, Deftones took the right path to evolve and not stagnate. Today they are still valid.

Saving the distances, we have a Whitechapel who is aware that deathcore is dying, so they should do about it. The result allowed us to enjoy the beautiful melodic voice of Phil Bozeman (yes, very similar to Maynard), but maintaining his thunderous guttural throat. Well produced, better mixed.

There is everything on this record and it is probably one of the best works they ... read more
25
Ill start off with honesty. I know nothing of this band. I was told to check it out by a friend that knew i was into heavy music, and told me about this awesome new album by this amazing metal band that was so "aggressive". I had to check back in with him to make sure i didnt misspell the name or something. This sounded like generic radio hard rock to me. If you are into that radio hard rock sound (contemporary enough that you arent offending anyone, but still edgy looking enough to ... read more
Gyro64
70
most "death" a death metal album has been in a while, great vocals and very haunting. song structure is a bit too formulaic and basic and all songs sound same but still pretty fun
dadhoppus
75
Even though a lot of the Whitechapel fan-boys are hating this album because Bozeman doesn't solely do unclean vocals anymore, I think this is a great album.

The contrast and combination of the clean/unclean vocals blends together so nicely, that it creates a really enjoyable listen.

"When a Demon Defiles a Witch" is a raw, and brutal song, lyrically speaking. It is a brilliant opener, and sets the tone immediately, so that listeners know exactly what to expect from this ... read more
84
Deathcore is not my thing but this album is more controlled and doesn't feel like a big filthy mess. Hickory Creek is one of those songs that's so good that it kinda makes the rest of the album look worse. The second half def dips in quality but I still like this album.

Favorite: Hickory Creek, When a Demon Defiles a Witch, Doom Woods
Least favorite: We Are One
Universe555
71
This is... Quite an interesting take on a pretty slow, unchanging genre. I think personally it hits me a lot, since I've never gotten into metal much, mainly because it all seemed similar to me. Whitechapel was able to turn a cookie-cutter genre and transform it into an album that left me aching for more, which is something that hasn't happened yet for any metal album, which I usually just wanted turned off. For a single album to open my eyes and show me how to appreciate how versatile a ... read more
85
Damn solid deathcore with enough dimension in the lyrics, the source material for said lyrics, and the different forms of singing that it keeps the album engaging through the whole thing.
AnalVape
43
It doesn't really feel like Whitechapel have a reason to release "The Valley" other than to prove to themselves, the world, whoever is willing to listen, that they still can.

Metal is such a great genre. It's brutal, dark, and you can get really creative with it. I do think a lot of metal today sounds contrived, and I think The Valley isn't very different. The album doesn't stand out with any clear and concise statement, nor does it bring anything new to this side of metaldom. In ... read more
notbuzzzila
78
Whitechapel is my second-favorite deathcore band of all time (after Oceano), so I was very excited to hear what they were serving up on The Valley. Turns out, it's much more melodic than I expected--I thought there would be some more accessible parts here and there, but no, this is almost just a metalcore album. And that's not bad. It's a breath of fresh air for not just Whitechapel but for deathcore, and it's one of the band's most interesting albums. It's not another self-titled or anything, ... read more
AntiPop
81
this is a band that has expanded their sound without going too far from the path.
the hidden gems on this album have got to be "We Are One" and "Doom Woods"
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