On Sunday, June 15, while many were huddled at dinners with dad, metal heads in the Carolinas converged on Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, N.C. for a metal apocalypse. In their trek cross-country, Whitechapel have bee supporting their new album Our Endless War which has been hailed as one of their best to date. Featuring a line up of Fit For An Autopsy, Rivers of Nihil, Carnifex, and Revocation, Whitechapel and co-headliners DevilDriver wrought their havoc upon Charlotte to the enormous excitement and fervor of the masses.
Fit For An Autopsy kicked things off by stirring the pit, followed by Rivers of Nihil who added to the mounting enthusiasm of the crowd. The spacious listening room was packed with feverish metal fanatics, rabid fandom, and clouds of perspiration that hung, palatable in the air. Carnifex and Revocation kept the mania going with their high powered sets, rife with destruction and chaos. Proving that metal isn’t an exclusive genre, Revocation featured a banjo during a song in their set that set the crowd off in way in which had not yet been seen that night.
Finally came the time for Whitechapel to take the stage and they not only took it, but owned it. The ravenous sextet attacked the stage and the clamoring horde with unrelenting aggression. Fronted by Phil Bozeman, Whitechapel, who are named after the Whitechapel district where Jack the Ripper so infamously slayed, murdered the crowd with their massive energy and technical sonic assault. Bozeman worked the stage, hovering and lunging over the masses like a sinister shadow waiting to spring forth. They ripped and shredded through a set list of old and new favorites including new album title track “Our Endless War,” “Vicer Exciser,” “Mono,” and “Saw Is The Law.” What really separates Whitechapel from their contemporaries is their ferocious energy and unyielding presence. They can make an impact and incite a riot almost effortlessly.
DevilDriver closed out the evening with a groove-infused set of DD staples alongside tracks from their 2013 release Winter Kills. Fronted by the commanding and frenetic Dez Fafara, DevilDriver delivered hits and blows to the sweating masses that rippled across the venue. Fafara sought to incite the crowd from push pit to full on frenzy. Tearing through a set of “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” “Hold Back The Day,” a cover of Awolnation’s “Sail,” and their notorious single from Last Kind Word, “Clouds Over California.” These guys never fail to deliver a stellar performance. Across a sea of metal heads, heads could be seen bobbing, bodies thrashing and bonds forming between concertgoers. The power of metal to unite.
Although this tour is coming to a close in the states, Australian fans will get a taste of this dynamic duo in September! If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Our Endless War and Winter Kills and bring the madness home with you. Expect much more from the men of Whitechapel and keep your eyes peeled for what they’ve got coming up next!
You can find out more about all the bands via the links throughout this piece.
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