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Whitechapel to bring new tone to deathcore in Columbus concert

30 p.m. May 12 at Newport Music Hall.

Die-hard Whitechapel fans might not believe their ears when they listen to the band’s latest album.

Guitarist Zach Householder said the band shed some of its deathcore reputation for a more mature sound. Columbus fans will have the chance to meet the new sound this week.

Whitechapel is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Newport Music Hall Saturday, as a part of its tour, dubbed The Recorruptour, with featured guests Miss May I, After the Burial, Within the Ruins and The Plot In You.

The tour is to promote its fourth and self-titled album, scheduled for release June 19 on Metal Blade Records, Householder said.

“It’s the most mature album we have done,” Householder said. “This is definitely my favorite so far.”

Whitechapel took a different approach to recording this album in focusing on writing lyrics to an entire library of music, Householder said.

“If you listen to (deathcore) avidly, and you’re a huge fan of our first album, and are biased to it, you probably won’t like it (the new album),” Householder said. “There are a lot of elements of deathcore, but it’s a lot of stepping outside the box, that’s always what we try to do here.”

Deathcore is a genre of music which fuses death metal with metalcore or hardcore punk music.

Some Ohio State students said they are looking forward to the album release and are planning on attending Saturday’s show.

“Whitechapel has so much energy,” said Paul Newell, a third-year in engineering. “They’re going to have a mosh pit and I know their concert will be intense.”

Householder said although Whitechapel is considered deathcore, the band doesn’t want to be restrained to only this genre of music.

“It’s just metal, who cares,” Householder said. “If we are considered deathcore genre, I like to think we step outside of it a lot.”

Some OSU students have not yet taken a liking to Whitechapel, but said they might listen to the album anyway.

“I’ve heard their music before, and it was a little extreme for me,” said Rebecca Kimmet, a second-year in social work. “If their new album is going to have some softer tones, I would definitely give it a listen.”

Householder said the band is aiming to gain more fans regardless of whether they’re fans of deathcore or metal music.

“We are going to go in the directions we want to go in as far as growing as a band,” Householder said. “Just sit back and don’t expect the first album. Just expect a more grown-up version of what you love.”

Tickets are $16.50 in advance and $18 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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