Ahead of the release of their highly anticipated album ‘The Valley’, Metal Wani’s editor in chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with Whitechapel frontman Phil Bozeman.
When asked about the concept behind the record, Phil said: “The album is about my childhood. Basically, the decision did not come up until most of the music was written. We always write the music first then I write the lyrics to the music so nobody knew the content of the songs until I started writing them. It was cool to see the songs come to life like that.”
The clean singing on this album is easily the finest Phil has ever come up with. When asked about the approach to vocals & whether the band is concerned about how fans are gonna receive it. He said:
“In any form of art there are people who will oppose what you are doing, there is just no way around it. That being said, even starting with Bring Me Home, my singing in this band has been largely accepted by our fan base and that is a good feeling to try something new and they like it. ‘The Valley’ was a natural progression from Bring Me Home and I feel on the next album after the Valley we will progress that sound even further.”
When asked about the camaraderie in the band after writing music for more than a decade, he said:
“The relationship between the members of the band is very much a brotherhood, we have referenced that in the past. I think our respect and love for each has helped us overcome any animosity that may arrive from doing this together for so long.”
Phil further talks about the future plans, touring, the current state of deathcore & more.