A New Era of Corruption

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A New Era of Corruption
Cover art by Brent Elliott White
Studio album by Whitechapel
Released June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
Recorded January 2010
Studio Audiohammer, Orlando, FL, US
Genre Deathcore
Length 41:26
Label Metal Blade
Producer Whitechapel, Jason Suecof
Whitechapel chronology
This Is Exile
(2008)
A New Era of Corruption
(2010)
Recorrupted
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
AltSounds 43%[3]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10[4]
Rock Sound 8/10[5]

A New Era of Corruption is the third studio album by Whitechapel. It was released worldwide on June 8, 2010, through Metal Blade Records. In the USA, just under 10,700 copies were sold in the first week, placing it at No. 43 on the Billboard 200 chart.[6] This is the last Whitechapel album to feature drummer Kevin Lane.

History and background[edit]

The recording session for A New Era of Corruption ran from December 27, 2009, to March 2010 with Jason Suecof being the chosen producer.[7][citation not found] It was announced that the album's recording was completely finished on March 31, 2010. Guitarist Alex Wade said, "I think this record truly represents where we are as musicians at this point in our career. A New Era of Corruption is the heaviest and most aggressive material we have written to date." In the same interview, Wade confirmed the release of the album would be on June 8, 2010.[8]

The name of the album is derived from a passage of the lyrics in their song "Possession" which appeared on their previous album, This Is Exile.[8] The album makes A New Era of Corruption the first Whitechapel album that does not have a title track. Chino Moreno of Deftones and Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain make guest appearances on the album, Moreno in the song "Reprogrammed to Hate" and Bennett in "Murder Sermon".[9]

Lyrical themes[edit]

The concepts and lyrical themes of A New Era of Corruption travel into new boundaries and details where previous Whitechapel albums did not. With The Somatic Defilement being a narrative of Jack the Ripper and This Is Exile containing political themes, A New Era of Corruption is the first Whitechapel release that is not a concept album.[8] It generally focuses on negative themes, for example "Devolver" is written within the concept of the devolution in society and how it has crafted "violent and hateful" individuals, while "Breeding Violence" was written about the increasing corruption in society during the post-9/11 times, and "Animus" is about the death of vocalist Phillip Bozeman's mother.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Phil Bozeman.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Devolver" Ben Savage 3:58
2. "Breeding Violence" Savage 3:19
3. "The Darkest Day of Man" Savage 3:00
4. "Reprogrammed to Hate" (featuring Chino Moreno of Deftones) Savage, Alex Wade 3:45
5. "End of Flesh" Savage, Wade, Zach Householder 4:03
6. "Unnerving" Householder 3:39
7. "A Future Corrupt" Savage 2:57
8. "Prayer of Mockery" Savage 3:35
9. "Murder Sermon" (featuring Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain) Wade, Householder 3:59
10. "Necromechanical" Savage, Bozeman 4:21
11. "Single File to Dehumanization" Savage 4:43
Total length: 43:39

Credits[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

Personnel[edit]

Whitechapel
  • Phil Bozeman – vocals
  • Ben Savage – guitars
  • Alex Wade – guitars
  • Zach Householder – guitars
  • Gabe Crisp – bass
  • Kevin Lane – drums
Guest musicians
Production
Artwork and design
  • Brent Elliott White – artwork
  • Whitechapel – art direction

Studios[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 43
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[12] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 12
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[15] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gorania, Jay H. "Whitechapel A New Era Of Corruption Review - Review of A New Era Of Corruption by Whitechapel". Jay H. Gorania. About.com. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. A New Era of Corruption - Whitechapel at AllMusic
  3. ^ Smith, Stephen (October 9, 2010). "Whitechapel - A New Era of Corruption [Album] - #AltSounds". hangout.altsounds.com. AltSounds. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "CD Reviews - A New Era Of Corruption Whitechapel - Blabbermouth.net". www.blabbermouth.net. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Cartey, Richard (June 6, 2010). "Whitechapel - New Era Of Corruption - Reviews - Rock Sound Magazine". www.rocksound.tv. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Whitechapel: 'A New Era Of Corruption' Cracks U.S. Top 50 – June 16, 2010
  7. ^ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=55966489&blogId=522567973
  8. ^ a b c "Whitechapel Reveals New Album Details Online - in Metal News". metalunderground.com. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  9. ^ Whitechapel, 'A New Era of Corruption' -- New Album - Noisecreep
  10. ^ Errorizer - Whitechapel Website Launched Archived May 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Whitechapel – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Whitechapel.
  12. ^ "Whitechapel – Chart history" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Whitechapel.
  13. ^ "Whitechapel – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Whitechapel.
  14. ^ "Whitechapel – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Whitechapel.
  15. ^ "Whitechapel – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Whitechapel.

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