The Age of Metal recently had the chance to talk with Phil Bozeman, vocalist of Whitechapel, about touring on Summer Slaughter, collaborating with other vocalists, and the band’s new drummer. Whitechapel is currently headlining the Summer Slaughter tour along with the Black Dahlia Murder, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, and Dying Fetus.
You’ve toured on Summer Slaughter before as openers. What’s it like to be back as a headliner?
Is there anyone on this tour that you’re excited to see?
Whitechapel has three guitarists, which is a bit unusual. How did that come about, and is there any difficulty recording or playing live?
On your last album, you collaborated with Chino Moreno of Deftones and Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain. What was that like, and is there anyone else you’d like to work with?
What are some of your musical influences?
Where does a lot of your lyrical inspiration come from?
How has the addition of drummer Benjamin Harclerode affected the band as a whole? Do you think it will affect the sound on your next recording?
How would you say your sound has evolved over the years?
What are your plans after Summer Slaughter?