WHITECHAPEL drummer Ben Harclerode has officially quit the band, whom he joined in 2011. Answering questions online regarding his status in the band via Twitter, Harcle commented:
“I’m not emotionally invested any longer so it’s not fair to myself, the band or the fans for me to continue… It was the hardest move I’ve ever made, but I was truly unhappy with WC and [it] needed to happen.”
Ex-The Faceless drummer Chason Westmoreland will fill in for the time being.
Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is Whitechapel. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level. “The record grasps everything that we’ve done thus far,” states guitarist Alex Wade. “It’s got some of the elements from Whitechapel (2012), but also some from A New Era Of Corruption (2010) and This Is Exile (2008). It brings back the blastbeats and really aggressive sounding stuff from those earlier records, but it also has a lot of layers and some slower, more groove-oriented songs, which have become a big part of what we do.”
Having progressed with every record, on Whitechapel the band took a stylistic leap forward, garnering a whole army of new fans and greater critical respect in the process. Looking back on the record Wade is grateful for the doors it kicked down, but refusing to ever be satisfied has served as a profound motivator in the band’s evolution. “Whitechapel is a record that we all loved and put a lot of effort into, and I believe that was the beginning of us maturing our sound. But, two years later I feel that there were only four or five really good songs on there, while on Our Endless War I feel like every song is a great song. There’s no filler, there’s nothing there for the sake of it, and I stand behind everything we put into it.” This determination is immediately apparent. Having started to “seriously” write in February of 2013, the album was a year in the making, the band letting the writing develop organically while putting everything under a microscope, working harder on perfecting every song than they ever had before. “As we get older we’re learning how to write better songs. Earlier on in our career there was a lot of piecing riffs together, but now we sit back and really analyze every aspect of what we’re doing on a song, and I think that shows.”