Deathcore is quickly growing stale, though it’s thankfully not as whiny and pretentious as metalcore, but the fact is that monstrous palm-muted chords and death-barked vocals will only be fun for a time. But there’s something about this album that keeps me coming back time and again. Haters be darned, deathcore is a brief but welcome breath of fresh air to the metal/hardcore scene, and if you don’t take it too seriously, it can be a lot of fun. All Shall Perish still reign supreme in my opinion, but Whitechapel brings a unique style that combines everything fun, nasty, and brutal about metal and hardcore and wraps it all in a pretty, Hot Topic friendly package. Behemoth breakdowns, ultra-low gutteral vocals, staccato riffs, earthquake grooves, it’s all here. The songs sound a bit similar but this is heaviness the likes of which the mall rats have never seen. Deathcore is the metal du jour but don’t let that keep you from trying this highly un-nutritious but very sweet metal dish. I swear there are moments when this album possesses you and bangs your head no matter how hard you fight it.