Whitechapel live in Florida 2018

When Whitechapel went on tour as a supporting act earlier this year and played “This is Exile” in its entirety, fans were thrilled. When that tour ended fans had hoped for more. They didn’t want to see them as a supporting act. It felt like an event worthy of its own tour. Well, fans wishes were satisfied when it was announced that there would be a “This is Exile” tenth anniversary tour. Opening for them would be Chelsea Grin.
Whitechapel Florida Show 2018 poster
Founded in 2007 in Utah, Chelsea Grin has undergone several line-up changes. At one point they even had three guitarists in the band. The current line up includes Tom Barber on vocals, David Flinn on bass, Pablo Viveros on drums, and Stephen Rutishauser on guitar. With five albums and two EP’s under their belt, they have proven themselves to be a force to reckon with in the deathcore community. Indeed, this was an excellent choice to bring on tour. When they hit the stage, the crowd showed them plenty of love. Supporting their 2018 release “Eternal Nightmare”, the setlist reflected this with five songs from this album. Leading off their time on stage they played “Recreant” off their 2010 release “Desolation of Eden”. They followed this up with “Sonnet of the Wretched”, and “Broken Bones”. The crowd was going nuts and circle pits had formed, so you knew this performance was hitting home with the crowd. Now it was time to play songs from their latest release which were “Outliers”, “Nobody Listened”, “9:30am”, “Dead Rose” and finally “Hostage”. Now that their set was over, it was time for the crowd to catch their breath and the crews to change stage equipment over.
 
Now it was time for Whitechapel to take over. Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, the band was formed in 2006. For those that don’t know, their name comes from the area in London where Jack the Ripper committed his crimes. The band is made up of Phil Bozeman the vocalist, lead guitarist Ben Savage, Alex Wade the rhythm guitarist, bassist Gabe Crisp, Zach Householder on guitars, and drummer Ben Harclerode.
 
With this being the tenth anniversary of their release “This is Exile”, the packed house was in for the treat of the band playing the entire album. As the band took to the stage, the place erupted. Everyone was wondering which song from the album they would start with. Much to everyone’s surprise, the first four songs came form their other albums. They played “Faces”, “Elitist Ones”, “Brimstone” and “The Saw is the Law”. Now it was time for the band to play the entire album front to back. If this night hadn’t been enough of a brutal metal assault, this would take things over the top; Boy did it ever. This was exactly what everyone was here to see, and everyone was loving it. If the crowd was singing along, they were in a circle pit moshing. When the show was over, things at the Abbey in Orlando Florida weren’t the same as the beginning of the night. Every sweaty body in the place was exhausted and satisfied with the metal experience they received.
 
What an experience for fans of this genre. To see such quality musicians playing the songs they love up close and personal you could tell everyone in the house was thrilled. For sure Chelsea Grin and especially Whitechapel delivered the goods. This was a night fans in attendance will not forget, and I’m sure every fan on every stop of this tour won’t forget.