Motionless in White
Infamous


2.0
poor

Review

by pbass0 USER (8 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Infamous by As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Marilyn Manson, Unearth, Darkest Hour, MyChildren MyBride, Bring Me the Horizon, Demon Hunter, and others.

There comes a time in everyone’s life where a change must be made. This is for various reasons. For some it may be because someone feels like changing, or they feel like a change is necessary. This brings with it the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Motionless in White on the other hand, seem to be completely oblivious to these words of advice. The Pennsylvanian natives produced a very well-written and rightfully so well-received debut album under the title of Creatures. Creatures was unusual for its genre; rather than going with the bombardment of breakdowns strategy most metalcore bands use and abuse, Motionless in White distinguished themselves through the masterful use of keyboard elements that helped raise Creatures to a whole new intensity level.

Infamous opens on a familiar note for Motionless in White fans – a creepy piano intro. And then, as if directly out of an old school hardcore record (namely the band Terror), Chris Cerulli opens with a hateful “bleh!” Black Damask then proceeds into a drop B hardcore groove very reminiscent of Bleeding Through (a hardcore band from Orange County, California that Chris quotes a major influence on Motionless in White). A writhing background guitar follows under the pre-chorus and once the chorus arrives the improvement in Chris’ singing voice is immediately noticeable. The song closes with a very effective black metal riff and an oddly Demon Hunter sound passage is sung by Chris. Devil’s Night mirrors the same song structure starting off with a keyboard intro, going into a hardcore/groove riff, and then progressing into a chorus. However, any fan of modern metalcore can’t help but make connections between other bands of the genre and even some one of another genre. In fact, most connections are completely justified because Motionless in White boldly make complete rip offs of certain bands. Most notably throughout the entire album is Marilyn Manson. Minus a few obvious Motionless in White screaming parts, A-M-E-R-I-C-A, The Divine Intervention, Infamous, and Hate*** could easily feel right at home in Marilyn Manson’s discography.

It is one thing to acquire a sound similar to certain artists and implement them into your songs, but it is another thing to completely shove nearly identical parts of someone else’s music into a song. Burned at Both Ends is an excellent example of this. While a decently written song, it just screams an As I Lay Dying song with a Darkest Hour chorus. And the insulting thing is that Motionless in White doesn’t even try to hide it. In that entire song there is a total of about ten seconds of “Motionless in White.” But that begs the question, what is Motionless in White’s sound exactly? While there a substantial increase in industrial influences in this album, after the first two songs the rest of the album really isn’t Motionless in White. Rather, it is a hodge-podge of a multitude of metalcore bands throughout the last decade.

With all of this review so far being negative comments, it would be unfair to dismiss the listenable parts of this album. The first two tracks as a whole make for an enjoyable listening experience mainly because Motionless in White wrote the vast portions of these songs. Also worth mentioning are the songs Sinematic, and If It’s Dead We’ll Kill It. These are a nod to the Motionless in White shown on their previous album.
Sinematic resembles City Lights from Creatures in the way that it is the only slow song on the album and it contains a longer time signature than 4/4. However, Sinematic isn’t a copycat of City Lights; rather, it is a revised version for the new album because instead of focusing on an acoustic guitar arrangement, it is mainly derived of an industrial section.

If It’s Dead We’ll Kill It by and by is nothing innovative for metalcore, but on this album it really stands out. Also, had it not been for the industrial intro, this song would have made an excellent addition to Creatures. Unfortunately, what becomes evident in this song is the extremely liberal use of the “f-bomb.” Again, this is trend common in most metalcore bands of recent knowledge, but once used a rumored number of over eighty times in an album, it really gets old. There are other, more intelligent ways to communicate anger and frustration.

On Infamous, Motionless in White seems to forget why people listen to a certain band at a certain time. They listen to a band because the specific mood that they are in coincides with the band’s music. When a band decides that they will shamelessly copy and paste parts of other bands songs into theirs and call it an “album,” they are losing sight of this. While the main reason why Motionless in White implemented all of their influences into one album was to progress as a band, they are a perfect example that how a band goes about their change also matters. Even though the album has its shining moments, these do not last the duration of the album and Infamous becomes a pitiful attempt at the combination of many metalcore bands with Marilyn Manson and wears down as the album spins.



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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....

  • NothingForSomething (2)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocturnal
November 13th 2012


1329 Comments


Meh this band sucks.

Don't get why they're so popular

pbass0
November 14th 2012


530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think their first album was pretty good. And they have a message that a lot of people can latch onto. Pity this album sucks

EvoHavok
November 14th 2012


1450 Comments


I wasn't too much even into the first record and from what I've read, this is so much worse.

Digging: At the Gates - At War with Reality

burningones92
November 14th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I put the album in. Upon the first two songs i thought it would be great... I was sorely mistaken. I did not know MIW was manson now... there were four good songs on the album. nothing close to creatures though.

pbass0
November 14th 2012


530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@burningones92 thats exactly what I thought myself. The first two songs are actually pretty good, but the rest is just frustrating.

pbass0
November 14th 2012


530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@evo yea, whatever you do, don't listen to anything beyond the first couple tracks and possible sinematic and synthetic love if you're feeling ambitious

TrstN01
November 14th 2012


800 Comments


Hatefuck already is in Manson's discography. It pretty much is Use Your Fist And Not Your Mouth lol

MegaJake1024
November 16th 2012


742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Burned at Both Ends and Sinematic are great.

I appreciate the joke in the review title, which I certainly agree with; however, the bands you chose don't make sense. AILD? Sounds nothing like MIW. Manson is the only one you listed that applies. Shoulda listed Slipknot.

Pos, but u should change that.

Digging: Thera - For Someone, Somewhere

pbass0
November 19th 2012


530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@megajake no, all of those bands are represented in this album. burned at both ends completely rips off of a darkest hour chorus with the singing/not singing/screaming thing, and the whisper is from AILD's newest album.

and the last chorus of the first song sounds exactly like demon hunter's singer.

plus, bleeding through is probably their bigger influence (even more than manson. look at chris' interviews or even ask him yourself). Listen to "the declaration" by bleeding through and listen to "if it's dead, we'll kill it." complete copy cat

thewired
January 1st 2013


48 Comments


spot on imitations, really impressive

there are a few manson parts, a few slipknot parts, alot of bleeding through, sinematic's high pitched cleans sound like a tribute to chester bennington, there's even some dimmu borgir and demon hunter on there, and the last song sounds almost exactly like something korn would put out, i am dead serious, it's like jon davis singing

pbass0
February 26th 2013


530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^ exactly

schizero
May 31st 2013


2 Comments


This is ALL true, but yet they're signed, have shittons of fans and are touring and making money. They're like the Black Eyed Peas. It's music for people who aren't into music. With how the music industry is now I guarantee through their 'technique' they will only grow as a group. Admittedly it was kind of cool for me to hear new versions of some of my favorite songs, although I'm sure MM, Darkest Hour, and many others would have a few choice words for MIW.

schizero
May 31st 2013


2 Comments


This is ALL true, but yet they're signed, have shittons of fans and are touring and making money. They're like the Black Eyed Peas. It's music for people who aren't into music. With how the music industry is now I guarantee through their 'technique' they will only grow as a group. Admittedly it was kind of cool for me to hear new versions of some of my favorite songs, although I'm sure MM, Darkest Hour, and many others would have a few choice words for MIW.



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