We have a new Whitechapel record; surely deathcore fans everywhere are losing their collective minds, right? Well, 2021’s Kin is, different. Whitechapel, were part of the “old guard” of deathcore, along with Suicide Silence, Carnifex, All Shall Perish, Oceano, and a handful of others. They were among the bands that brought the tropes of the genre to light and shaped what we call deathcore today. Sure, the genre has progressed since then, with newer bands borrowing and blending influences from other genres ranging from rap and EDM to black and symphonic metal. However, when a band like Whitechapel comes up in conversation, there is a sense of nostalgic appeal, even accounting for their gradual shift in direction and inclusion of different songwriting motifs. Their most recent record The Valley leaned heavily into more emotionally weighty themes, with longer melodic passages, and clean vocals, the last of which is still relatively fresh for deathcore. The Valley was met with critical and consumer acclaim and was generally accepted to be a winner.