Motionless in White
Infamous


2.0
poor

Review

by NothingForSomething USER (22 Reviews)
November 13th, 2012 | 73 replies


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Motionless In White doing their best impression of everyone else.

As of 2012, Motionless In White is the unlikely amalgamation of tough-guy, Warped Tour relevant metalcore and the strain of industrial metal popularized by Marylin Manson. As unexplored as this union may be right now, it is probably the most unoriginal angle the band could take; solely because of how they unabashedly rip off these styles instead of draw inspiration from them. This truth accompanied by some poor decisions unfortunately ruins their new album, Infamous. On the band’s 2012 effort their blatant copying is at a career high, and arguably strips the LP of its artistic integrity. However on the flip side, some of the songs MIW have offered on their newest album are pretty damn enjoyable, and none delve into “offensively bad” territory. Ultimately, it’s a matter of morality that will judge Infamous upon its release. Is MIW exploiting a successful style and fanbase or is this really what they’re all about?

Whatever moral crisis Infamous may perpetuate, there are positives to the record and they should be worth noting. The most obvious change between Infamous and previous album Creatures is lead singer Chris Motionless’ vocal improvement. While his screams were, at worst, on par with his contemporaries on their previous LP, this time around he has included many more sounds to his repertoire. Firstly, and most controversially, is his near perfect Manson impression. It’s almost frightening to know that it’s not Manson singing on “A.M.E.R.I.C.A.” or “The Divine Infection.” Chris has also implemented an eerie yell as put on display by “Sinematic” and even a slight Anders Friden (of In Flames) style scream/yell in the chorus of “Burned at Both Ends.” Aside from the still awful clean vocals, MIW has one talented vocalist. The guest spots (vocalists from Bleeding Through and Soilwork) are also a big plus as they both add to their respective songs rather than detract.

With the vocal department being as varied and iterative as it is, some of the songs really benefit as a result. The best songs on the record are the ones that see the band trying new things. As mentioned above, the chorus of “Burned at Both Ends” stands out and is one of the catchiest songs to be found on the release. Additionally MIW’s constant struggle to sound as dark as possible reaches a high point on “Sinematic” with its lengthy build up, and lead singles “Devil’s Night” /“If it’s Dead, We’ll Kill It” are undeniably enjoyable albeit standard metalcore fare.

In terms of music and structure, Infamous is absolutely bi-polar. The album makes a trend of housing either straight-up metalcore songs or synth-driven, industrial Manson worship with little to no middle ground between the two styles. Tracks 2-10 follow this trend in alternating fashion, in fact. This, a presumed attempt at breaking the monotony, has by it’s own doing recreated that monotony. This breaks any sliver of continuity in the record and rejects the idea of immersion. The only good choice in terms of song placement is “Sinematic” as the centerpiece. Had they structured the album around that song, Infamous could have really gelled together.

The problems stemming from the initial lack of thoughtful structure just begin to pile on – and then there’s the looming matter of originality and integrity. Most of the songs are meaningless and uninteresting filler content with little to no substance. The lyrical content is by and large void of any real thought, often resorting to using “***” as a lackadaisical means to portray anger instead of crafting a well-thought lyric. “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It” is as validating as possible in this sense: “I Just wanna watch you ***ing die, mother***er.” It’s a very childish approach and one of the main reasons MIW has been pigeonholed into its current scene-kid populated audience.

The question listeners should ask themselves before buying or downloading this record is something along the lines of “How willing am I to accept an album that is not only average at best, but all but says they are flat-out copying other bands?” “Does it deserve respect and/or my time for that?” The answer to that will largely determine the amount of enjoyment one derives from Infamous. Unfortunately Motionless in White have shamelessly done away with any flake of originality in their sound, and it shouldn’t be a surprise for people to pick up on it right away. Out of that context, the album is simply a middle of the road offering, with improvement in some areas and regression in others. It is a largely passable record, and the controversial nature of the songs only detracts from its validity.



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    A completely remastered version of the original, with re-recorded drums and a new take on ...

    Brabiz (2.5)
    An improved edition of an abysmal album....

    Brendan Schroer (1.5)
    Fuck this (Hey, if Chris can lay the f-bomb 81 times in an album, I can at least use it fo...

    dragoth (3.5)
    A hate fuelled, f*** word driven album by Pennsylvanian metalcore act....

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    thechodewarrior (2.5)
    MIW add more junz but lose the fun...


Comments:Add a Comment 
ILJ
November 13th 2012


6729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I browsed through some of this and it sounded pretty bad. Still have yet to listen though.

Good review.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012


9065 Comments


I heard If It's Dead We'll Kill It live. Left 30 seconds in because it sucked so hard.

merpmerp
November 13th 2012


803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

81 times. the vocalist says fuck 81 times. i counted.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012


9065 Comments


Doesn't surprise me since one of the songs is called Hatefuck

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012


50872 Comments


A-M-E-R-I-C-A is certain to be a gem of a song

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Crymsonblaze
November 13th 2012


7526 Comments


such an edgy word

he's so cool!!!

TooLateToGoBack
November 13th 2012


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"81 times. the singer says fuck 81 times. i counted."

gotta keep the tweeny boppers happy.

MalleusMaleficarum
November 13th 2012


14369 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"How willing am I to accept an album that is not only average at best, but all but says they are flat-out copying other bands?"

so its like the other album, ok

EvoHavok
November 13th 2012


1476 Comments


After listening a bit to A-M-E-R-I-C-A, I actually stopped it and went to a real Manson song...


Digging: Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral

TheMoreira
November 13th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, pos'd.

It feels like you're describing a 2.5 though

BigPleb
November 13th 2012


37588 Comments


Their image is as generic as their music.

TheMoreira
November 13th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Damn, agreed.. Im halfway through and damn, no. I thought this would actually be decent..

BigPleb
November 13th 2012


37588 Comments


That's like saying Slave To the Game was an emotional listen.

TheMoreira
November 13th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha. Damn did they thought it would be hip to name a track Hatefuck? Really? And yea right now i absolutely agree with the reviewer, this album has no personality, its a bunch of post.hardcore.to.da.masses shit, and then its Marilyn Manson and then its all metalcore bands in a monotonous mix. Its everything and is nothing.. Nothing is everything... Fuck i gotta go listen to Death

BigPleb
November 13th 2012


37588 Comments


Cleanse your mind

IfYouRun
November 13th 2012


294 Comments


I didn't mind their debut, so I'm interested to see just how different this is.

FrozenVain
November 13th 2012


2472 Comments


Why the hell is Soilworks vocalist doing guest vocals on this ass?

MegaJake1024
November 13th 2012


760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its very different. I like it simply because the fact that its unoriginal doesn't bother me so much because the songs are still enjoyable. IMO, its a better version of Manson at its worst, and good metalcore at its best. Sinematic, Underdog, and Burned at Both Ends are very, very good. I also agree the unnecessary vulgarity was a huge hindrance to the enjoyment of the album.

Digging: The Ghost Inside - Dear Youth

TheMoreira
November 13th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good input jake.

Well i enjoyed their first album, it was some good metalcore stuff. Reminiscent of what It Dies Today did imo, which was a pretty nice fusion between metalcore and rock (i know, MIW also do black metal stuff wtv). But this is a totally different thing. Also, it becomes evident they're ripping off Manson. One thing is to be influenced by, they have full tracks that could be in a Manson album srsly. My two cents

NothingForSomething
November 13th 2012


186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I totally agree with both of you. I think it comes down to how much the lack of originality sits with each individual listener.



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