Whitechapel is a metal band founded in 2006. They are influenced by a wide variety of artists such as Metallica, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Slipknot, Blood Has Been Shed, and Deftones. Whitechapel's debut album, The Somatic Defilement, was released in 2007. In August 2008, the band began their first ever headlining tour with Impending Doom, A Different Breed of Killer, and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Whitechapel has also toured on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, and co-headlined the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour.