Your iPod is Showing -- Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade
One of the most exciting bands of the new breed of extreme metal -- dare we say death core -- outfits, is Knoxville, Tennessee's Whitechapel. With their multifaceted arrangements and three-guitar assault the band writes music that eclipses that of many of their peers. Their upcoming third album, 'A New Era of Corruption' (out June 8) displays the growth they've experienced since 2008's punishing 'This Is Exile' and the guys will be demonstrating that they can still bring it live on this summer's Warped tour.
Considering that the members of Whitechapel all came of age during the era of nu-metal, it's kind of surprising to see how much different music guitarist and songwriter Alex Wade listens to on his iPod. Sure the dude's iPod shuffle includes songs by Slipknot, Every Time I Die, Meshuggah, Impending Doom and Darkest Hour, but there's also a lot of stuff in there that's not remotely metal, such as Blink-182's "Roller Coaster."
"Blink-182 is what got me started playing music," Wade told Noisecreep. "I got my first bass and learned as many Blink songs as I could. They definitely hold a special place in my heart. Even though I don't listen to them as much as I used to, I can still sing every word to every song on every record."
At least Blink have a few loud guitars. That's certainly not the case for 'Zak and Sara' from Ben Folds ("C'mon, it's fun and light hearted, great to listen to in the summer") or Radiohead's 'Let Down.'
"You can't always listen to metal, especially being in a metal band," explains Wade. "In fact, I probably listen to more stuff that is not metal than metal, and Radiohead is a good example. They're great to chill out in the van to after a long day."
Perhaps the most non-metal inclusion on Wade's iPod list is 'Last Night in Town' from Lucero, an alt-country band from Tennessee. "Being from Tennessee myself, I can connect to a lot of their songs," Wade said. "And it's great music to mellow out to, especially while fishing."
Alex Wade, your iPod is showing:
Every Time I Die -- 'Host Disorder'
Aborted -- 'Enterrement of an Idol' ("Aborted are one of my favorite death metal bands. It's all about the heavy, catchy grooves. Definitely a big influence on early Whitechapel").
Lower Definition -- 'The Weatherman'
Radiohead -- 'Let Down'
Ben Folds -- 'Zak and Sara'
"Zak and Sara"
Lucero -- 'Last Night in Town'
Darkest Hour -- 'District Divided' ("Not only does Darkest Hour put out killer, memorable records, but they are amazing guys as well. They gave us our first legitimate tour ever by letting us open their headliner so they will always have a special place on my iPod.")
Those Who Lie Beneath -- 'Frozen Feastings' ("They're a new, up and coming metal band. They play some pretty heavy and technical stuff, definitely worth checking out. I like to stay as up to date as possible on the metal scene and constantly check out new bands.")
Brutality will Prevail -- 'Purgatory' ("This band is heavy as s---. Period. Low tuned, sludgy, angry hardcore from the U.K.")
Blink-182 -- 'Roller Coaster'
Meshuggah -- 'Stengah' ("The heaviest band on the planet, bar none. One of my favorite metal bands, for sure. Their sound is just so dark and crushing, I love it.")
Karnivool -- 'Change' ("Very awesome space rock-ish band from Australia. Reminds me a lot of Tool.")
Set Your Goals -- 'Arrival Notes'
Sage Francis -- 'Bridle' ("Very powerful hip hop/spoken word. I don't listen to a ton of hip hop, but when I do I like for it to have meaning and feeling behind it and not just talk about bitches and hos. Sage is a realist and spits rhymes about real life topics.")
Impending Doom -- 'When I Speak' ("They've been good friends of ours for a long time and I love them as people and a band. Definitely the heaviest Christian band I've ever heard. They deliver God's word with force.")
Slipknot -- 'My Plague'("I was really stoked when this one came up. Slipknot is another one of my favorite metal bands and this happens to be one of my favorite songs by them. The intro is soooo heavy.")
Sevendust -- 'Dead Set' ("Sevendust is amazing, they are the masters at crafting the catchiest choruses you will ever hear, while also having heavy, pounding verses.")
City and Colour -- 'Sleeping Sickness'
Shai Halud -- 'This Wake I Myself Have Stirred' ("Shai Halud are definitely my favorite hardcore band. They deliver their music with such raw power and emotion. Fun fact, I discovered this band when I was 15 and I was searching for NOFX songs on LimeWire and found their cover of "Linoleum", and have loved them ever since.")
A Day to Remember -- 'Welcome to the Family' ("A Day to Remember write some of the most ridiculously catchy music I have ever heard. You can't help but sing along to every song.")