8 November 2011
by Dan Pelic
The extended play music recording – a delicate challenge to produce as a cohesive and complete work, in order to leave a band as proud papas. Well, seems pops wasn’t around much on this one and his neglect has resulted in a dropout, crack-smoking failure of an EP.
This languid record contains but one original song and a cover, along with two remixes and an acoustic snoozer of ‘End of Flesh’ from 2010’s, A New Era of Corruption.
Naturally, ‘Section 8’, is the “point” of this EP – a reminder that the Knoxville, Tennessee deathmoshcorewhatever crushers are still here, working to follow-up A New Era… after procuring new drummer, Ben Harclerode. It’s a solid track, but not a song that stands out so much it needs this gimmicky hullabaloo to make it seem like it could become a landmark addition to the band’s catalogue.
It’s not Whitechapel’s fault the cover will never become a set-list classic, but it’s rare for any band to give the almighty PANTERA the proper justice when covering their material.
Big Chocolate certainly dubshits out a big stinker endeavoring to remix a quality piece of music in ‘Breeding Violence’ but Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), who always fancied NIN, makes a much more acceptable, but still unexciting, attempt on his respective remix of ‘This Is Exile’.
The smarter idea would have been to digitally release ‘Section 8’ straight from the band to hold over their fans until the next album, sparing them the pretense.
Sounds like: Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain, Bring Me The Horizon
Top tracks: Section 8