Whitechapel are regarded as an elite deathcore act and now the veteran outfit has called out the haters in the music video for "Elitist Ones," off their new record, Mark of the Blade, in stores today (June 24) through Metal Blade.

Spreading their wings a bit, Whitechapel have shifted away from the barrage of breakdowns, now employing a groove-centric approach. Opening with a bludgeoning riff, the Tennessee sextet further expand into new sonic territories with a dark melody setting the tone over the rhythmic beatdown. Vocalist Phil Bozeman's ultra low gutturals remain the same, bellowing out lines like, "This is what we have become / a self-absorbed population of scum."

The music video, directed by Jim Foster, sees the band play in a warehouse, bathed in swaths of burnt orange hues. As the band stomps around, a black leather-clad woman with mystical face paint gracefully interacts with a snake (the reptile graces the cover of the new record) that coils itself around her arms. Commenting on the video, Foster stated, "As fans of Whitechapel, my entire team and I were stoked when Mike Faley (Metal Blade Records) asked me to write a treatment and direct for the band. As a director, my job is always easier when the band is rippin'...and holy s--t are these guys RIPPIN'!"

Speaking about the change of direction, guitarist Alex Wade said, "At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us."

Whitechapel will be on tour as part of this summer's Warped Tour. A full list of stops can be found at our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tour Guide. To purchase your copy of Mark of the Blade, head to the Metal Blade webstore.

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