We've talked about this before, but watching a band evolve and grow is one of the preeminent perks of being a music fan.

After so many years of constant tours, going to a GWAR show is now like visiting an old friend. There will be some new stories to be sure, but you know when you arrive, it’s going to be a jovial retelling of some of the same old classics.

Storming out of the country-dominated southern United States, Whitechapel has been on a mission to carve themselves a niche and a name in the greater heavy metal universe. Signed to Metal Blade Records and ready to take on all comers, the band is included with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, supporting their new self-titled album. Guitarist Ben Savage took the time to answer some of our questions backstage after the band’s set.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is an event practically out of its time.

This is not your father's heavy metal band. Whitechapel has always been labeled as a deathcore band, but there's more to it than that.