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Whitechapel album 'Mark of the Blade' debuts in Top 100

Mark of the Blade, the new album from Tennessee deathcore act Whitechapel, sold roughly 8,000 copies in the United States in its debut week, landing at No. 72 on the Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, the record debuted at No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and No. 3 on the Independent Albums chart. Guitarist Alex Wade comments: "A big thank you to all the Chapel fans who have picked up this record or plan to - supporting music by buying records is how to keep your favorite bands alive." Whitechapel's previous album, Our Endless War (2014), sold 16,200 copies in its first week, good enough for a No. 10 debut on the Billboard 200. The band's 2012 self-titled release landed at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of 9,200 units in first-week sales. In 2010, their A New Era of Corruption sold 10.700 in its initial week and debuted at No. 43 on the aforementioned chart. Finally, Whitechapel's second studio album and Metal Blade Records debut, This Is Exile, peaked at No. 118 on the Billboard 200, selling roughly 6,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States.


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anonymous 7/6/2016 9:28:56 AM


anonymous 7/6/2016 9:29:51 AM

Deathcore is dead. long live NAILS

anonymous 7/6/2016 11:24:32 AM

They de-hyped themselves so much bullsh!tt!ng about clean vocals and then releasing a song that pretty much was crying about getting no respect.

anonymous 7/6/2016 11:34:52 AM

This just in: Alex Wade quits band to become hair dresser full-time. Got a job at Super Cuts and says he looks forward to actually having some income.

anonymous 7/6/2016 12:29:29 PM

debuted higher than Nails. so much for powerviolence being back haha. deathcore isn't 'back', it never left

rednaaaaaaar 7/6/2016 12:45:53 PM

It's sad when the new Chelsea Grin album sucks less than yours.

anonymous 7/6/2016 1:06:23 PM

"debuted higher than Nails. so much for powerviolence being back haha. deathcore isn't 'back', it never left" White Chapel, is that you?

anonymous 7/6/2016 4:30:42 PM

Deathcore isn't dead. It's still alive, just a little more underground than it has been for the passe 5 years.

anonymous 7/6/2016 5:50:47 PM

seeing a couple full backs in these comments. It's not going to ever top the somatic defilement (especially in wall flag art), but what could. and to the 'power violence' dork up top .... wander into a real 'core pit with your mean NAILS medium hoody on. last thing you will see before the slam riff is a spin falcon kick pair of forces to the dome. 'Deathcore' Jon

anonymous 7/6/2016 6:40:09 PM

debuted higher than Nails. so much for powerviolence being back haha ^^ more like powerbottom amirite?

anonymous 7/6/2016 8:20:37 PM

Why would you make an announcement that your record sold half as much first week as the last one and debuted way lower?

anonymous 7/7/2016 9:14:46 AM

As a longtime fan since their first album, I've gotta admit the new album is trash. 1st 3 records still hold up, but they've gotten progressively worse ever since they stopped wanting to be a deathcore band and lazily incorporated generic chug-chug BS, sans any death metal influence whatsoever.

anonymous 7/7/2016 12:58:11 PM

First 2 albums are solid, everything since then = straight garbage

anonymous 7/8/2016 9:54:51 AM

This band is a TOTAL Nails ripoff, I cant believe Ben and they boys can't even come up with anything original.

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