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Whitechapel: Touring Drummer Revealed

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Whitechapel still haven’t announced a permanent replacement for longtime drummer Ben Harclerode, with whom they parted ways in 2017. But the deathcore outfit doesn’t seem to be having any difficulty finding suitable skinsmen to man the kit: their new album, The Valley, features Navene Koperweis (Entheos, ex-Animals as Leaders, ex-Animosity, etc.), and it would appear that they’ve recruited Alex Rudinger to play on their just-launched co-headlining tour with Dying Fetus.

Although neither Whitechapel nor Rudinger have made any official announcement, fans spotted the popular drummer as soon as the tour kicked off last week. Meanwhile, Rudinger has posted a photo of himself hanging out on the road with members of Revocation, who are one of the support bands on the trek:

So we can now add Whitechapel to the illustrious list of approximately three billion bands with whom Rudinger has played. Others on that list include Obscura, The Faceless, Monuments, Good Tiger, Conquering Dystopia, Cognizance, and Threat Signal.

Although you can’t see him very well, in the below video you can hear Rudinger play “Black Bear” with Whitechapel at the Palladium in Worcester, MA this past Friday, April 19. The officially-sanctioned clip is the first of “select performances” Whitechapel will be uploading to their YouTube channel during this tour as part of “an effort to stay connected and produce more content for you all.”

Remaining dates on the trek, which also includes Fallujah, Spite, Uncured, and Buried Above Ground, are below.

4/23/2019 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
4/24/2019 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
4/25/2019 Conrod Music Hall – Chicago, IL
4/26/2019 Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
4/27/2019 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/28/2019 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
4/30/2019 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
5/02/2019 UC Theatre – Berkley, CA
5/03/2019 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
5/04/2019 The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ
5/05/2019 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/07/2019 The Complex – Springfield, MO
5/08/2019 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
5/09/2019 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
5/10/2019 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
5/11/2019 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
5/12/2019 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
5/13/2019 Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
5/15/2019 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
5/16/2019 Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
5/17/2019 Ramkat – Winston Salem, NC

Thanks: Giles S.

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