The Somatic Defilement

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The Somatic Defilement
Whitechapel - The Somatic Defilement.jpg
Studio album by Whitechapel
ReleasedJuly 31, 2007
April 16, 2013 (reissue)
Recorded2007 at The Sound Lair in Knoxville, Tennessee
LabelCandlelight, Metal Blade (reissue)
ProducerWhitechapel, Miah Lajeunesse
Whitechapel chronology
Demo 2
The Somatic Defilement
This Is Exile
Reissue cover
The cover for the 2013 re-release of The Somatic Defilement.
The cover for the 2013 re-release of The Somatic Defilement.
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]

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. It is the only album to feature guitarist Brandon Cagle.


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]


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 since their self-titled release.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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


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


  1. ^ " review". Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ Whitechapel part ways with guitarist Brandon Cagle
  4. ^ Jeffrey Dahmer Interview - Extended Footage shown at YouTube.
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