Motionless in White
Infamous


2.5
average

Review

by thechodewarrior USER (27 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2012 | 51 replies | 5,304 views


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: MIW add more junz but lose the fun

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Breakdowns are very difficult to execute without causing eyerolling. Very few bands can pull it off with sheer brutality and even fewer bands can pull them off at all. On Motionless In White's debut album, the band had just discovered this neat little trick called 'atmosphere' which didn't place the burden of brutality on the downtuned guitar chugs. MIW had synths at just the right pitch, not being too ear-shatteringly annoying, and they were subtle. Surely on their sophomore release, MIW will learn from experience how to craft metalcore that isn't blatant and boring, right?

To get a taste of what you're in for, listen to the first 45 seconds or so of Devil's Night. The guitars are lower, the synths are melodic and the growls are more or less the same. Generic breakdown plods on until we get a pretty groovy riff. If you were like me, you'd swear this was the exact riff from "Psychosocial" from Slipknot. While not note-for-note, it's pretty damn similar, and you can tell that the actual musicianship on the album is going to be downplayed. When MIW doesn't sound like a Marilyn Manson (The Divine Infection)/Slipknot (Devil's Night) lovechild, fortunately, it's quite listenable. Chris Motionless' screams may have slightly degraded, but his cleans sound much better and more natural. Gone are the awkward high notes. He knows his range and doesn't try to push it, which is always a good thing.

The lyrics this time around are pretty much a continuation of Creatures. Cheap horror gimmicks and supposed 'gothic' imagery are all but lost this time around. Once again there's plenty of unnecessary profanity for all the kiddies to laugh at (hello If It's Dead We'll Kill It), but the actual lyrics are standard as hell. Remember Immaculate Misconception? That was their vicious attack on tabloids and invasion of privacy. It was a dandy little tune and I thought it was a nice personal touch. Apparently he thought so too, so he wrote a continuation. Two of them actually. If you liked the material on Creatures, you'll have no problem with this.

The musicianship has been downgraded quite a bit on Infamous. The breakdowns are rarely more than 2 notes, and the keyboards are virtually gone, save for a cheesy synth loop every now and then. "But chodewarrior," you may ask, "the keyboards are what MIW are loved for! They were haunting and really put you in a mood!". Yes, they were. This time around, however, the band has taken an industrial metalcore type-turn. On Infamous, MIW have taken the lyrics from Creatures, the music from Slipknot, the breakdowns from August Burns Red and the vocal tone of Marilyn Manson. With all that being said, there are still some good moments here. Black Damask and Burned At Both Ends are fun and mindless heavy songs, and the Slipknot elements aren't too forced. Motionless In White's new change of style is sure to lose some, but if you go into the album with an open mind, you might find a song or two you may like, but I know the band is capable of quality metalcore. Please do yourself and favor and listen to Creatures if you haven't already.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thechodewarrior
October 22nd 2012



62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yes, this album is leaked

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2012



49801 Comments


Band is chode agreed

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RosaParks
October 22nd 2012



14592 Comments


can't post a review for an album this far from its release without a stream so this will get taken
down

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2012



19471 Comments


Rating is correct

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NeoSpaz
October 22nd 2012



4517 Comments


lol

JackSparrow
October 22nd 2012



1686 Comments


Creatures is a high 2 for me so god knows what this is like seeing as you all thought Creatures was good. This band is a conglomerate stereotype

MalleusMaleficarum
October 23rd 2012



13816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

band blows

J0ckstrapsFTW
October 23rd 2012



3652 Comments


Hmmmm I definitely won't listen to this

Cormano
October 23rd 2012



924 Comments


album leaked like 2 weeks ago dude...so how long until this is deleted?

Inferis
October 23rd 2012



409 Comments


Hatefuck

KSK1
October 23rd 2012



4072 Comments


Album is fucking terrible. There's 3 decent songs and two of them are BT rip offs and the other one is a B-side from the last All That Remains record. The rest is all just industrial Manson worship.

BlackLlama
October 23rd 2012



1618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I enjoyed creatures, but your review is spot on here.

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DarthHideous1
October 23rd 2012



46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It replaced everything that Creatures did right with either Marilyn Manson or Slipknot. It's not my
taste and not nearly as fun but it is what it is and a nice change of pace of the genre. Still a sub-
par release.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19471 Comments


you still writing a review for this andcas?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19471 Comments


sweet

Tyrael
October 23rd 2012



20740 Comments


ah

MalleusMaleficarum
October 28th 2012



13816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

¨that was their vicious attack¨

rofl

ThunderNeutral21
October 28th 2012



3864 Comments


no way this is good enough to be a 2.5

JackSparrow
October 28th 2012



1686 Comments


Yeah they have too many morals to use the Christian tag to sell albums. They'd just rather not sell albums by sucking

MalleusMaleficarum
October 28th 2012



13816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

¨no way this is good enough to be a 2.5¨

unless your username is andcas tbh. he could give emmure a 4 and i wouldnt blink an eye



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