Motionless in White
Reincarnate


3.5
great

Review

by TheFirstTimHurst USER (6 Reviews)
September 11th, 2014 | 92 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Motionless In White has definitely matured with their third full-length album, but seemed to do so in a direction that's sure to frustrate their old fans.

Love them or hate them, Motionless In White has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the metalcore scene. With the release of their third full length album, they've proved that they have no interest in duplicating their previous work.

I think anyone would agree that Chris's cleans have vastly improved. You can hear the autotune more places than others, but even listening to him sing live you'd hear obvious improvement from years past. With his newfound confidence, you hear him trying so many different things with his voice. You could call it "mimicking." It's up to you to decide whether it bothers you or not. Death March is the first track the band has put out where he uses Marilyn Manson-esque vocals throughout the entire song. In Unstoppable he sounds indisputably like Ivan Moody from Five Finger Death Punch, and his cleans in the title track, Reincarnate can be easily compared to Benjamin Burnley from Breaking Benjamin. Chris also makes use of the gang-style screams you hear in bands like Vampires Everywhere! You could argue that he's losing sight of his own sound because of all these changes, but I welcome the variety and talent it takes to pull off all these styles.

Let's talk about the guest vocals. Dani Filth's addition to Puppets 3 easily makes it one of the most memorable songs on the album. Fans of Cradle of Filth might cringe to hear he's lending his talents to a metalcore record, but strictly judging Motionless In White, the song is made so much better with him in it. As a huge Maria Brink fan, I'm sad to say Contemptress just doesn't work. The song sounds like one of the better songs in Blood On The Dance Floor's discography, and that's not saying much. Autotune everywhere kills the song, and while Brink's vocals add an extra dynamic to the track, it wasn't enough to save the song. With the Industrial style of Final Dictvm you won't even notice Tim Skold.

There's a reason why I spent so much time on vocals. Like most any album in the genre, Reincarnate is primarily vocal-centered. Without Chris, the band would be nothing but forgettable borrowed riffs and breakdowns. With that being said, the riffs here are catchier than their previous albums and the breakdowns aren't as overused as your typical metalcore band. Sadly, the bass is inaudible as always.

If you're looking for consistency, you've come to the wrong place. With tracks like opener Death March and The Final Dictvm, you've got an industrial Motionless. You've got songs obviously written for the radio like Reincarnate and Dark Passenger. For the old school fans of Creatures you might listen to album closer Carry The Torch and Puppets 3. They've even got Generation Lost if nu metal isn't completely lost on you yet. And the one mandatory slower song Wasp of course.

Lyrically, Chris has gotten away from using f*** after every sentence. The lyrics are nothing to write home about, but if you look at Puppets 3, you can see a slight continuity between the previous two parts. It's not by chance that he reused lyrics between the three songs.

With that being said, Reincarnate is a step up in production and is easily the most approachable record Motionless In White has put out yet. For those who liked Creatures it's doubtful you'll see a return to form anytime soon, but for new fans this is the first album I would recommend listening to.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheFirstTimHurst
September 10th 2014


32 Comments


I just caught it and fixed it! Thanks so much! :D

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok for reals how long have you listened to this? The stream literally just came out and I can't see how a review is warranted after one listen.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

From the 4 songs I've heard there hasn't been the slightest hint of autotune that I can detect.

TheFirstTimHurst
September 10th 2014


32 Comments


Believe me I was so anticipating this. I listened to the songs literally right as they posted each one to their Facebook. No judgement, I tried to be as fair as I could without my personal fanboy bias.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You also got the "recommended by reviewer" part wrong, it's band then album otherwise the link won't work.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just can't see how that works for an unbiased review. Another user did one for Upon a Burning Body's album but he gave it a little more time than you and that one to be honest didn't need much time to figure out probs.



For my Texas In July review I waited a whole day and listened to it 3 or 4 times through. I think you need at least 2 times through before you should do a review.

TheFirstTimHurst
September 10th 2014


32 Comments


Aah, I'll fix it. Thanks for the feedback though, I'm still pretty new and I'll definitely take that into consideration for next time.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm trying to decide if the review is passable or not, I'm honestly conflicted. The paragraph about the instruments is awful. There's no insight into them and you literally said the band is nothing without Chris which is such a pretentious statement to make and wrong in my opinion. Other parts of the review are ok but I don't know what the whole thing would rate.

TheFirstTimHurst
September 10th 2014


32 Comments


I know, I was thinking about omitting that part entirely because I didn't have enough to say about it. I might revise it a little, but I stand by what I said about Chris being 90% of the band.

merpmerp
September 10th 2014


804 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what happened to this band

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not gonna neg but I'll come back by and look this over, throw some pointers your way in the morning when I'm not exhausted. If other people haven't beaten me to the punch.

titanslayer
September 11th 2014


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Honestly the review is spot on there's nothing besides chris I can see anyone liking about this release

Tunaboy45
September 11th 2014


16734 Comments


I'll just listen to MM's first few albums instead. Great review though, pos.

Digging: PUP - Morbid Stuff

Themaxwell23
September 11th 2014


115 Comments


Not a fan of this band but needed something to read and I must say you did a great job , enjoyed the read , probably more so then I would the record ha ha .

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it's an ok review. Still not getting the autotune thing though because I can't detect a hint of it but decent review.

TheFirstTimHurst
September 11th 2014


32 Comments


Thanks guys!

DropdeadWHA
September 11th 2014


1396 Comments


Your summary reads awkwardly, might want to re-word it.

TheFirstTimHurst
September 11th 2014


32 Comments


You're right, fixed!

wwba
September 11th 2014


480 Comments


I prefer R+ when it comes to industrialism
still a great review
pos

TheGreatQ
September 11th 2014


2794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Final Dictvm rules. But holy shit Contempress... that autotune is atrocious

Digging: Teenage Wrist - Chrome Neon Jesus



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