Motionless in White
When Love Met Destruction



by Gregory Fields USER (5 Reviews)
September 1st, 2010 | 17 replies

Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best of the worst.

Motionless in White is another of those bands (My Chemical Romance, Aiden, Atreyu, etc.) that gets a lot of *** that they don't deserve. They wear makeup, dress all in black, and scream their heads off about broken hearts and the undead, and to be honest, not a whole lot of people even look past the first thing I mentioned. While most bands that make music similar to this just cash in on the popularity of the scene, Motionless in White stand above it. They've worked hard to get where they are today, touring constantly and releasing an EP entitled The Whorror, which sunk faster than a lead boat would. However, they remained determined. Motionless in White independently released an album entitled When Love Met Destruction, which unfortunately didn't do much better than it's predecessor, but as Motionless in White became a part of an increasing amount of festivals and tours, they gained a steady fanbase, and decided to rerecord When Love Met Destruction, or at least a part of it. The result: a solid EP that stands far above the current 'horror influenced post-hardcore' scene.

'To Keep from Getting Burned' kicks When Love Met Destruction off with creepy synths and a dissonant breakdown that eventually cascades into a powerful chorus. Chris Motionless, the band's poorly stagenamed frontman, belts out your typical lost-love lyrics ("it's hard to keep from getting burned when love is like fire") amidst swooping octave chords. What the band lacks in lyrical content is easily made up for in the depth of the vocal department, as guitarist TJ Bell provides a hefty amount of background shouts and yells in all the right places. Chris's soaring vocals have a small amount of that typical 'nasally' sound, but it doesn't get annoying, which is most certainly a blessing in track two: 'Ghost in the Mirror'.

'Ghost in the Mirror' starts off in the same fashion as 'To Keep from Getting Burned' but the chorus comes in much earlier, and is used very often in the song. That's a good thing though, because Chris's throaty growls can be tiring to listen to after a few tracks. The gang shouts in the final breakdown are very well done, and the synths keep the song flowing. Josh Balz, the band's keyboardist, is great at keeping every song on the album afloat. They never get tiring or repetitive when he's got his lovely synth hooks around each and every corner.

'Whatever You Do... Don't Push the Red Button' and 'Billy in 4C Never Had it Coming' have more in common than their ridiculous song titles. They have a similar flow, except 'Red Button' has a great melodic chorus compared to 'Billy's intense breakdown. 'Destroying Everything' is great throughout, especially the epic outro that showcases just how great of a vocalist Chris Motionless can be when he puts his mind to it. 'The Seventh Circle' almost seems like filler, which is a shame considering the track record of the first five tracks.

While When Love Met Destruction does have many positive aspects to it, there are also quite a few flaws. There are only a few parts where the bass is audible, and the drums are your standard metalcore fare. The guitarists, however, play off of each other excellently, blending dissonant leads with breakdowns and hurling octave chords against chugging riffs throughout the entire EP. The keyboards also add a very unique touch, and aren't just used as faux-depth.

I have seen Motionless in White perform live, and despite their appearance, they are fantastic performers. Personally, I can't wait to see what they do with the potential they showcase on When Love Met Destruction, but with a full length scheduled for release in October, we won't have to wait long.

I give this EP a 2.8. Not quite good but not quite average. Like I said, Motionless in White have potential to be a really good band, as they already are ten times better than some of the bands they tour with. However, When Love Met Destruction has just as many shortcomings as it does redeeming qualities. At the moment, they're the best of the worst.

Recommended tracks:
To Keep from Getting Burned
Destroying Everything

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September 1st 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

most people hate this band blah blah blah, i wanted to give them a fair review on this site.

September 1st 2010


Love the summary, haha.

September 1st 2010


Fair review is fair. Pos.

September 1st 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

thank you!

September 2nd 2010


The vocals on this band annoy me greatly

September 2nd 2010


Good review. I got a friend request from these guys years ago and they have certainly come a long way. Glad they rerecorded this as the result was great. Destroying Everything is a downright epic song.

September 2nd 2010


If they lost the synth and dropped the OTT image then they'd have some REAL potential.

Great review by the way.

September 2nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

thank you! i think the synth works for their music, and at least they have a keyboard player who's actually good.

September 2nd 2010



September 2nd 2010


Bands like Jamie Elsewhere use synth to accent their sound, but with MIW it sometimes sounds unnecessary. I don't know, maybe I just don't like the tone of Snyth... Haha

September 2nd 2010


Kris you make a good point actually. This band sucks at using their synths and they simply just put it in the back playing backing chords, pretty boring overall.

September 10th 2010


"Motionless in White is another of those bands (My Chemical Romance, Aiden, Atreyu, etc.) that gets a lot of *** that they don't deserve. They wear makeup, dress all in black, and scream their heads off about broken hearts and the undead, and to be honest, not a whole lot of people even look past the first thing I mentioned."

if they do those things and sound anything like those said bands then they deserve every bit of that shit that they get. all these teenagers are goin to buy their shit probly cuz of the fact that they look like the dudes from aiden. not tryin to b a dick, i just personally believe men should dress like men unless they're openly gay. i kno the form of clothing they wear doesn't effect their musical sound but for some reason kids go buy their music becuz of their overall image and everyone seems to think it's cool to wear eyeliner in public and dress in all black. sorry bout the rant. good review

September 10th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

Rules face.

Digging: Marie Davidson - Perte d'identité

October 10th 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

I thought some parts were cool.

July 15th 2012


love this

August 26th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

The beginning to The Seventh Circle is the best part of the EP to me. I'll agree that the rest serves as filler though. It annoys me when bands end their EPs and LPs on such poor notes

August 20th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

About their synth, I will say it has improved greatly. It really seems to fit with their newer music, providing a unique eerie sound that helps get the atmosphere of their gothic/horror sound across, the synth on Creatures and Infamous was an interesting step in the right direction, ditching the generic and clumsy dance synth all too common in the genre.

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