Motionless in White
Creatures


3.5
great

Review

by DivineComedy USER (1 Reviews)
October 9th, 2010 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overtly ‘hit and miss’ in a style where ‘hit’ shouldn’t even be a plausible outcome.

Comprehending the ipseity idiosyncrasies of any genre can be a bewildering task. The aforesaid is quantified with an exceptional abundance of juxtaposing presently afoot, and more so frivolous; articulating that singular essence of individualistic coherency can be an adequately burdensome endeavor for any modernized band. Almost everything to be done in music has been done. Be it the initially thought absurd concept of employing Jazz elements atop the foundation of Death Metal or adding prominent traces of 8-bit electronica with Metalcore instrumentation. Its almost veracity to ponder the concept of 'individualized song composition being implausible'. So what’s a band to do in the modern era of music" How does one attain a signature style, synonymous with their name" In the case of Metalcore/Post-Hardcore troubadours, Motionless In White, the answer to the aforementioned inquiry was nothing short of simplistically playing to the most prominently popularized concept within the scene at this specific interval.

Indeed, Motionless In White do virtually nothing new. Subsiding creative substance, they rather partake in regurgitated approximations that have been done to death, overtly indulging in the cancerous chug-chug breakdowns, contrasting harsh vocals with high-registered cleans, coating their musical compositions with synth work, etcetera. Peculiar as it may seem, these exponential cliches which the band flourish in (promenading about as their sounds infrastructure) are hit and miss. This itself is ‘peculiar’ for the fact that it actually manages to ‘hit’.

The most integral components to the band are undoubtedly vocalist, Chris, and keyboardist, Balz. Whilst individualistic mannerisms are devoid for the band, as was aforementioned, Creatures, upholds an overtly stunning performance from both the perspective of vocals and keyboards. Vocalist, Chris, spews an array of brilliant vocalizations. Predominantly lingering within the mid-range harsh vocals, he breaks a module of singular range by flourishing in both high and low range ‘screams’ also. What’ more, he does a damn good job at it. At times sounding reminiscent of August Burns Red vocalist, Jake Luhrs (e.g “Abigal”), Chris has unfolded his prominently talented array of harsh vocals. Like all things, however, Chris is not without flaw. His clean vocals leave something to be desired. Sounding hollow and without intention, the cleans remain cliche, and utterly unneeded, only hurting an otherwise capable vocalist. Lyrics, alike the clean vocals, are substantially faltering. When lines such as “Real beauty on the inside does not apply to you / I am the ripper, and its killing time in this cutting room,” are reverberated, a resonating sense of dissatisfied emptiness seems to infatuate the listener. They don’t fabricate visual spectrums of a tale, they don’t connect on a personal level, they don’t represent an opinion... they’re just there, in an unimpressive fashion. In the end however, the two negatives falter at detracting from the overall ‘impressive’ vocal performance.

As was antecedently noted, the work of keyboardist, Balz, is unprecedentedly intriguing, to say the very least. Following in the footsteps of bands such as Attack Attack!, I See Stars and We Came As Romans (to name a diminutive handful), “Creatures” saunters in the prominent bestowment of injudiciously inadequate, unpersuasive and (basally) ‘lame’ House/Dance synth work. The outlandish mannerisms are showcased in such an intelligent fashion, however, that the overt ‘chessyness’ of the synth is almost without notice for a substantial allotment of the record. The keyboard work, whilst never pertaining to actual piano, per say, is the most obstructive component in the articulation of atmosphere. Tracks such as “Puppets (The Final Show)” and “Scissorhands (The Last Show)”unveil intellectualized synth patterns, and intelligently selected orchestra-based instruments, which fashion a brilliant semblance. Conjuring an almost epic tone for “Creatures”.

Drummer, Angelo, bassist, Ricky and guitarist TJ & Ryan do an exceedingly well job at being horrendously boring. However, they do an even more substantial job and intellectually blending their instrumentation with that of keyboardist, Balz, so to fabricate an enticing atmosphere. Each member (subsiding the bassist, of course), have brief intervals of enjoyable compositions, though these moments are far-and-few between the monolithically monotonous aspects of generic playing.

Certain tracks pertain to nothing distinguishable, and blend in with one another, whilst others saunter about on the very opposite end of the spectrum. Throughout the duration of this 43 minute record, the most basal styling lingers as high energy and aggressive. Due to the monotony that resonates within this album, 43 minutes can be a tad unsettling, which makes for a pleasant flourishing within the gentle and delicate “City Lights”, which acts sufficiently well as a breather.

In conclusion, “Creatures”offers little diversity and originality to a genre that is becoming as stale and stagnant as Deathcore and Technical Death Metal; though at the very same time, the album finds a way to progress the ever so rotting ‘scenecore’ styling of music. Substantial quantities of potential are scattered throughout “Creatures” and the band dexterously attain the crown for ‘best of the worst’.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
DivineComedy
October 9th 2010


164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_747945&v=k_Bc8-9z0Rc



The album hasn't been released as of yet, but Fearless Records has streamed the album in its entirety

(link above).

Any and all feeedback is welcome. First review

morrissey
Moderator
October 9th 2010


1688 Comments


Is English your first language?

Gyromania
October 9th 2010


25915 Comments


......

vanderb0b
October 9th 2010


3473 Comments


The preponderance of your descanting is inscribed in a modus operandi that is unreservedly inscrutable. In decrypting your expounding of thy sentiments, I have encountered myriads of quandaries.

DivineComedy
October 9th 2010


164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By 'quandries' do you by chance mean 'quandaries'?

botb
October 10th 2010


11997 Comments


being able to use lots of large words correctly doesn't exactly translate to you being smart in a music theory kind of way i guess.

band is really really bad.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2010


7504 Comments


"Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V."

Sorry, I was just reminded of that line when I read this review.

ANewTypeOfPunk
October 10th 2010


736 Comments


shitty review lol

vanderb0b
October 10th 2010


3473 Comments


By 'quandries' do you by chance mean 'quandaries'?


Yup, fixed it. Didn't neg, btw.

Obfuscation24
October 10th 2010


3939 Comments


u must be really good at using a thesaurus

MyDearWormwood
October 11th 2010


228 Comments


Guilty pleasure for sure, but they do what they do well. Vocalist is very good.

bloc
October 11th 2010


52995 Comments


What's up with the blatant lyric steal from The Smiths' How Soon is Now on Puppets?

Digging: Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven

dixoncocks
October 11th 2010


3212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review kinda makes you seem like an ass.

Digging: Emery - Eve

Foxhound
October 11th 2010


4571 Comments


lol yeah

Awestin
October 11th 2010


1 Comments


There is, by no means, a reason to put so many polysyllabic words in a review. ESPECIALLY a metal/emo/whatever-the-hell-they-are review. This is worse than the Catholic church's spamming of latin in the middle ages; USE THE COMMON MAN VERNACULAR.

botb
October 11th 2010


11997 Comments


i read this review and this is what i got out of it

"LOL LOOK HOW SMART I AM, DO U GUISE LIKE ME YET"

bloc
October 11th 2010


52995 Comments


Vocals were great on this, but the music could have been much better.

BallsToTheWall
October 11th 2010


48994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Need this fucking shit ASAP. POS

Digging: Protector - Golem

ANewTypeOfPunk
October 11th 2010


736 Comments


haha bringonthe... funny comment XD

xstaytrue18x
October 12th 2010


583 Comments


get the fuck out with this shit man fucking horrible review. this band worth checking out?



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