While speaking with Revolver, some new details emerged from camp Whitechapel. The band is currently in the studio recording a brand new record and they appear to be experimenting in some new directions. Inspired by Randy Blythe’s latest performance on Lamb of God’s “VII: Sturm und Drang”, Whitechapel vocalist Phil Bozeman is reportedly trying out some new clean vocals to add in with the Whitechapel sound. Here’s the snippet given from the band in regards to their sixth record:
I’m not gonna say the whole record is chuggy, but a lot of it is. And there are also passages that have a lot of atmosphere, as well as clean parts that let the songs breathe before we come back with something really heavy. If you’re playing really fast and you try to throw in a bunch of different guitar parts it just sounds like mush. But when you’ve got one guy barreling right down the middle and the other two complimenting the riff, it opens up new opportunities.
…We all thought it was really cool how Randy [Blythe] from Lamb Of God wasn’t afraid to try some manly melodic vocals on their last record [VII: Sturm und Drang]. So Phil’s diving into that a little and seeing where it goes. He’s actually got a great singing voice.
UPDATE – There’s been a public back and forth between band members over this topic on Twitter. First from guitarist Zach Householder and then from vocalist Phil Bozeman. You can find these right here:
For the love of god, everyone needs to quit freaking out. There's no clean singing on our upcoming album.
— Zach Householder (@Zachchapel) April 7, 2016
There's only 2 songs on the record that have clean vocals. Just an FYI.
— Phil Bozeman (@phillybo) April 7, 2016
In the meantime, here’s some Whitechapel music with absolutely 0 clean vocals to be heard.