Once again, metal fans in Denver converged upon the Summit Theater to see the 'Brothers of Brutality.' The house was packed from top to bottom and front to back with fans who came to see some of hardcore metal's most maniacal bands. The Sunday night show with Whitechapel, Emmure, Unearth, Obey the Brave and Plot in You left many employers without staff on Monday morning.
Of these band of brothers, the headliners, Whitechapel, closed down the party with crazy sound and fury. This wasn't masterpiece theater! The motto for this show was "get in where you fit in," because I'm pretty sure the fire code was 'relaxed' to accommodate fans who would not be denied their dose of metal through the veins.
The band is comprised of front man Phil Bozeman, Ben Savage (guitar), Zach Householder (guitar), Alex Wade (guitar), Ben Harclerode (drums), and Gabe Crisp (bass). When these guys combine their individual talent, it proves to be some of the sickest sounds you could imagine.
As expected, we were stoked to hear some of the vintage tunes like "Possession" and new blood, labeled "I, Dementia." Bozeman's vocal delivery is right on point, belting out a symphony of 'pissed off kid' anger, crossed with grown man 'I'm going to kick your arss' overtones.
These Tennessee metal heads are the furthest from the stereotypical "hee haw" that is expected of any artist with Southern roots. Phil and the guys are the real deal and they love the fans who come to their shows. But don't mistake kindness for weakness when it comes to Whitechapel. Phil's vocal style and the words of the music come from the 'dark night of the soul.' This isn't some part-time project; this band is here for the long haul. Every song this band performs has deep, intrinsic meaning.
Whenever Whitechapel comes to Denver they leave us wanting more. Consider this an open invitation: come back anytime guys, we can't get enough.