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French group Whitechapel was formed in 2004 in Choisy-le-Roi, a suburb of the Paris district with a five-piece line-up. Drummer Thierry Thuane, guitarist Laurent Isola and keyboardist Gregory Iung have been all playing together previously in a band called Amethyste, while bassist Raphael Rigaud was a member of the underground Heavy Metal band Episode, which produced two demos in mid-80's. Fabrice Altairac completed the line-up as the one responsible for the lead vocals. Whitechapel debuted in 2006 with the album ''Le Masque D'Arlequin'' on Musea Parallele. A couple of years later the first clouds appeared between the members with Iung parting ways in 2009 and Altairac following him the next year. They were replaced by Raphael Rigaud and Arnaud Goupil respectively, but these line-up changes seem to have slowed down the group's second work.

Whitechapel's music draws influences from the melodic side of Neo Prog, the energy of Heavy Prog and the theatrical side of compatriots ANGE and will appeal to all fans of the aforementioned musical tastes.

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3.60 | 7 ratings
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 Le Masque D'Arlequin by WHITECHAPEL album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.60 | 7 ratings

Le Masque D'Arlequin
Whitechapel Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Neo-prog? No, I agree with the other reviewer that White Chapel their music belongs in the Heavy Prog category. So when Heavy Progheads are scrutinizing PA for their favourite music at this moment, they will miss White Chapel, and Neo-Progheads will feel disappointed.

The sound from this French five piece on their debut CD (from 2006) entitled Le Masque D'Arlequin reminds me of the 'Vikings' of Swedish rockband Europe: fluent rhythms featuring propulsive guitar riffs, a heavy rhythm-section and sumptuous keyboard layers, with lots of room for biting guitar runs and flashy synthesizer flights. But White Chapel has a less polished and more adventurous approach than Europe. The vocals are in French, I am not surprised that the booklet mentions Christian Dechamps, singer of the legendary French progrock band Ange. Between the mainly fluent, heavy and bombastic inspired tracks, we can also trace some mellow songs: the dreamy Elixer and the compelling Sarajevo (about the former Yugoslavia), you can feel the emotion about the sad history in the howling runs!

To me White Chapel sounds very pleasant, it was a good start but unfortunately still no signs of life from this promising French band.

My rating: 3 stars.

 Le Masque D'Arlequin by WHITECHAPEL album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.60 | 7 ratings

Le Masque D'Arlequin
Whitechapel Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Whitechapel from France didn't get a very much attention when the debut album Le masque D' arlequin was released almost 10 years ago in 2006, sadly because this album kick ass from start to finish. Sung in french , this heavy prog album has everything to be a solid, tight and intresting release in this subgenre. The music is as on many french prog bands, quite theatrical with hints of Ange (glorious years) and heavy prog most of the time. There are some truly great duels between guitars and keyboards like on Au Nom Du Pèr or Le Masque D'Arlequin, the rest are also intresting at best. Unfairly unnoticed album , even in french scene, this Whitechapel demosnstrated with this album that they mean bussines. Heavy prog as must sound this style. Similar with italians from Graal, Votchi from Czech republic, Nemo from France and few more. 4 stars easy and recommended, quirky and well composed heavy prog. Available at Musea records.

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