[Live Review + Photography] Whitechapel – Live in Hong Kong

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田納西州的死核樂隊 Whitechapel 名字引用了倫敦白教堂區的神秘連環謀殺案,組團11年來,從未在音樂旅程停下腳步 —— 不間斷的巡迴演出、出席大小音樂節、推出6張專輯和多首Deathcore界無人不知的代表作。終於,樂團決定於5月3日首次來臨香港,並帶同澳洲布里斯班冒起獨立團隊 A Night In Texas 進行演出,迎接這個死核之夜。

Tennessee deathcore outfits Whitechapel have never stopped in the last 11 years since their formation – non-stop touring, festival appearance, 6 albums and tons of deathcore anthems. And finally, the band is coming to Hong Kong for the very first time on May 3rd, and decide to take the Brisbane rising independent group of the same genre, A Night In Texas, with them in this tour.

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Whitechapel – Live in Hong Kong
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A Night In Texas 首先踏上舞台,激烈的死核歌曲帶點黑金元素,偶爾會有一些技術主導的編曲,當然少不了反宗教歌詞,這可一直是他們歌曲中的核心信息。但這次樂隊選擇不以此作為現場演出的中心,沒有燃燒的Star of David,沒有崇拜撒旦的旗幟,也沒有奇異的舞台道具,只靠直接重型的30分鐘音樂交流!I, Godless、Fuck Your God 等歌曲必會在你腦海留下印像。這個年輕金屬團的確充滿活力和熱情 ; 觀眾的反應也頗為正面。如果將來ANIT有機會回港作專場,相信也會有吸引到不少本地金屬頭出席。

The show starts with A Night In Texas’ set – intense deathcore songs with a bit of blackened elements and occasionally some technical arrangement. Their anti-religious lyrics is always the core message in their song. However, the band choose not to emphasise that in the live set. No burning Star of David, no devil-worship imagery, no weird stage props. Just a straight-forward, in-your-face 30-minute set!  “I, Godless,” “Fuck Your God,” etc. will definitely leave a mark on your mind. The young metallers look energetic and enthusiastic throughout the set; the crowd have generally positive reaction too. If they are coming back for a headline show someday, local metalheads will definitely be attracted to go.

 

過場音樂有趣地選擇80年代金曲Playlist,包括近年被瘋狂轉載的 Never Gonna Give You Up,台下有些女孩子更立即Rick-rolling式起舞。樂團終在9點20分左右在觀眾尖叫「Whitechapel」之聲下踏上台板,相對其他金屬活動,這可説是個較早開始的演出。他們以 The Saw is The Law、Elitist Ones 和 I, Dementia 等熟悉的歌曲作開首,新舊作品在歌單中互相穿插混合。

After a short DJ set comprised of 80’s hits, including the famous “Never Gonna Give You Up” which even get some girls Rick-rolling on the floor, the sextet got onto the stage around 9:20pm in the wave of screaming “Whitechapel” from the crowd. It’s a relatively early start for a metal show here. They kicked off with their massive hits like “The Saw is The Law,” “Elitist Ones” and “I, Dementia” – just like their name, which is a reference to the infamous, mysterious Whitechapel murder in London by the serial killer “Jack the Ripper,” they totally rip it up with a good mix of old and new songs (bad pun but it’s true!)

他們把11年的音樂生涯的改變完整呈現在80分鐘內。 Whitechapel 從起步到現在,每張專輯都忠實自己選擇的聲音。當死核在00年代末期冒起時,它突然變成一種「流行」的金屬風格,造成大量死核樂隊決定加入戰團,但最後只有數十個名字能夠登上世界各地的大舞台,並堅持以Deathcore之聲繼續走下去,而Whitechapel 便是其中一員。

They run through their 11 years of career with us all in 80 minutes. Whitechapel is one of the band that’s so loyal to their sound from beginning to now, in every single album. When deathcore rise during the late 00’s, it suddenly became such a “stylish” metal genre and a massive number of deathcore bands decided to join the club. But only a few made their way out to bigger stage and stay loyal to their chosen type of music, and, Whitechapel is one of them.

話雖如此,樂隊在每個專輯均展示了低調的音樂實驗 —— 從初期包含不少Breakdown和爆炸節拍的純粹死核音樂,到漸漸有些作品加入更多的技術性探索,有時又偏向前衞金屬,總之你這晚就可以聽到不同特色的Deathcore聲音。 (但就沒有 Phil Bozeman 在最近專輯的Clean Vocal 啦,真的很有 Tool / A Perfect Circle 的影子!)Possibilities of an Impossible Existence 一直是我們特別喜歡的歌曲,它在現場版本更是精彩。

Having said that, the band does showcase subtle musical experiment in consecutive album – from the pure deathcore sound in the initial stage that has lots breakdown and blast beats, to some works with more technical exploration, or sometimes shift to more of the progressive metal, which you are able to hear them all on this night. (Unfortunately, we won’t be hearing Phil Bozeman’s amazing, Tool / A Perfect Circle-esque clean vocal here.) “Possibilities of an Impossible Existence” has always been a song we enjoyed particularly in their discography and it does sound impeccable in live.

這個音樂會讓你有機會在很粗糙無添加的環境中聽到Whitechapel的複雜結他分層。Ben Savage 絕對是我們最喜愛的成員,他為曲調帶來難忘的結他部分,為原本只有殘暴重型的樂章加入其他音樂編曲的輕盈,是如此鋒利和準繩。總而言之,這是一個實在而緊湊的演出,相信每個死核中心分子,甚至極端金屬粉絲也會給予正評。

This concert also offers the opportunity to hear their complex guitar layering in a raw setting. Ben Savage is definitely our favorite player in this show who brings in incredible lead guitar part to the tunes. His lines create this lightness in contrast to the brutal, bold composition. It’s so sharp and accurate and you can tell different kind of influences underneath. To conclude, this is one solid and tight set that every deathcore diehards, and even extreme metal fans will enjoy.

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Whitechapel – Live in Hong Kong
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