Review Summary: With their sophomore attempt, Motionless in White implement elements of an industrial sound. Do they pull it off?0 of 3 thought this review was well written
Six piece metalcore act Motionless in White have made themselves well known in the hardcore community with their debut 2010 release Creatures. It was met with positive praise as listeners were introduced to a solid metalcore record. Now with their sophomore attempt Infamous, the group implement elements of an industrial sound. Do they pull off their new sound while keeping old influences? In my opinion, yes and no. Let me elaborate.
The album begins exactly the way I wanted it to. A creepy piano led intro in Black Damask turns into a fast paced, brutal starter. Good introduction, achieved. The next song, Devils Night is the best song on the album, the song that will attract many fans without a doubt, just as it did with me.
AMERICA takes a dip into the industrial side of things, but done so the best way on the album. One of the catchiest and bound to be a fan favorite. Lyrically one of the most impressive that gives the listener a good culture shock.
The next three songs Burned at Both Ends, The Divine Infection and Puppets 2 deliver consistently giving us yet again some more metal sticking with the routine thus far. One fast paced, in your face and well sung, the second is another lyrically impressive here and there industrial piece of work and the third a collaboration that has one of the best chorus's on the record. What I'd like to call the interlude track, Sinematic isn't the best song, but does what it sets out to do. It kept me intrigued and was a nice change of pace after a non stop six songs. It was definitely needed where it was put in the track list.
If It's Dead, We'll Kill It follows as the last of the metal we've seen so far, and in that aspect, a great finisher. The mid song breakdown is crushing to a pulp, and I look forward to it every time I listen to it.
Song nine onwards is where the album takes a step in the wrong direction. The industrial metal elements take over for the rest of the record, and I hate to say it because the album was going so good, but these songs just aren't done well. Not only are they placed bunched at the end of the track list giving a feeling of being swamped, but they each sound too similar but also, for lack of a better word boring. The final song Infamous just isn't what a closing song on a record should be. After three songs sounding the same, the industrial side just sounds underdone and weak. I really wish these last four songs had more time worked on them.
In closing, the album started fantastic, great metal songs, great cleans and impressive instrumentals. The last few songs were disappointing, which is what brought this album down from a great to a good. I wish I wasn't doing it, but it had to be done. Eight well done songs don't make up for four weak and generally bad ones. If you're a fan of metalcore, stick with the first eight as you'll still be considering yourself a Motionless in White fan. Hopefully their next release will be more focused on the new elements they wish to include.