Musicscan: As everyone always is speaking of the so-called difficult 3rd record of a band: What is/was it to write and record your sixth album?
Whitechapel: There's always "writers block" when it comes to music and writing but we have six minds working on material and tons of material saved up from over the years and we're always confident that we can do whatever we want, when we want.
Musicscan: What is the title of your upcoming album, and what is it all about? Is there a special concept again, an overall idea that connects all of the songs of the album?
Whitechapel: It's titled Mark of The Blade and it's an album about us hitting our 10 year mark as a band and celebrating it. It's about our struggles, good times, the fans and has positivity in there, too. There's still some aggression as well.
Musicscan: What different thoughts are being brought out this time lyrically? Have you mostly stuck to the same topics, or have you progressed to another subject matter?
Whitechapel: It's all about the band, fans and our struggles as a band. Also, there's positive stuff with feelings of hope, hate and depression. There's one song that is personal to me and it's called Bring Me Home.
Musicscan: Was it different writing this new album somehow, now that you are more skilled with your instruments? What was your main focus creating the new songs onto?
Whitechapel: When it comes to writing, we usually get into a mode where that's all we are focused on and to be honest, that's when we start catching fire and pumping out songs and ideas left and right.
Musicscan: What did you guys do differently with the new songs that you hadn't done previously to keep things progressing and interesting for yourself? Were there any particular adjustments or things that you wanted to improve upon from a technical aspect of writing?
Whitechapel: We wanted to expand our horizons as artists and implement thing we haven't tried before. There's a few parts that have clean vocals, there's more groove than speed and overall better song structure in my opinion.
Musicscan: A lot of people still are speaking of Whitechapel as a deathcore band while I like to think you have outgrown the deathcore tag for a while already. Will the new change the situation for the better? Is this something that matters to you?
Whitechapel: It is what it is, people can call us whatever they want because they're going to anyway. As dumb as genre and sub-genre pigeon holing is to us, it's also irrelevant in our minds.
Musicscan: If you compare the visions you had of your new and compare it to your impressions listening to the songs now – what´s the difference, is there any?
Whitechapel: We never really plan, we just put stuff together and it works. We have ideas and things we want to try and implement but we all write on feeling. Whatever comes out comes out and if it sounds good then we roll with it. We expect to please ourselves before pleasing anyone else.
Musicscan: What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the writing and recording of the new album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel?
Whitechapel: We all just understand each other and bounce ideas off of each other. Our writing abilities and chemistry just work really well between the six of us. We've discussed trying to implement clean vocals for awhile now and we just happened to feel it this time.
Musicscan: With the direction of Whitechapel heading a certain way and listeners / fans growing with you over years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?
Whitechapel: I think so, you live and learn. You get older and your mind changes. We are growing as people and have come from being just kids in a band to grown men living our own separate lives outside of the band. The first album was considered a brutal and gory album but we just don't want that to be the only stuff we write. We love all types of music and don't want to limit ourselves, any true fan would respect that.
Musicscan: What makes this new album special to you?
Whitechapel: It's another step in a new direction and we hope to build off this new step and continued to evolve. It's an album we've never done before and don't want to be predictable. Artists/musicians should never be held back by a style or genre, there's no rule book that says you can't do what you want to do. Hopefully this album can inspire people to do what they want and not hold back because of what people will think.