The Somatic Defilement

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The Somatic Defilement
Studio album by Whitechapel
Released July 31, 2007
Recorded 2007 at The Sound Lair in Knoxville, Tennessee
Genre Deathcore[1]
Length 31:59
Label Candlelight, Metal Blade (reissue)
Producer Miah Lajeunesse and Whitechapel
Whitechapel chronology
Demo 2
(2006)
The Somatic Defilement
(2007)
This Is Exile
(2008)
Reissue cover
The cover for the 2013 re-release of The Somatic Defilement.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

The Somatic Defilement is the first album by the American deathcore band Whitechapel. The album was released on July 31, 2007, through Candlelight Records and is their only release through this label before their move to Metal Blade the following year.

Overview[edit]

The Somatic Defilement is a concept album based on Jack the Ripper, in which all of the songs are first-person narratives of the slaughter and rape of prostitutes.

The album is the only one by Whitechapel to include Brandon Cagle as guitarist. He later left the band, because the injuries he received from a motorcycle accident left him unable to play his instrument. He was replaced by Zach Householder.[3] The intro track, "Necrotizing" contains excerpts from a Stone Phillips interview with Jeffrey Dahmer.[4]

Reissue[edit]

A remixed and remastered edition of the album was released on April 16, 2013 through Metal Blade Records.[5] Re-mixing and re-mastering duties were given to Mark Lewis, whom the band worked with on their self-titled release and their fifth album, Our Endless War. [6]

Track listing[edit]

Tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Necrotizing"   0:35
2. "The Somatic Defilement"   5:19
3. "Devirgination Studies"   3:12
4. "Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation"   3:33
5. "Fairy Fay"   3:33
6. "Ear to Ear"   3:30
7. "Alone in the Morgue"   2:53
8. "Festering Fiesta"   2:29
9. "Vicer Exciser"   2:52
10. "Articulo Mortis"   4:03
Total length:
31:59

Personnel[edit]

Whitechapel
  • Gabe Crisp – bass guitar
  • Kevin Lane – drums
  • Phil Bozeman – vocals
  • Alex Wade – guitar
  • Ben Savage – guitar
  • Brandon Cagle – guitar
Production

References[edit]