Hype is a powerful thing, it can make a band but it can also break them just as quickly. The music scene is full of bands that have collapsed under the weight of their own hype, some bands thrive on it with very little to back it up, Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria are examples of this, but very occasionally you get a band that uses their hype to build momentum to go on achieve great things. Motionless In White are hoping to fall into the latter category.
Motionless In White made a really big impact with their début album “Creatures”, an album which showed the band had promise, and helped them accumulate a large cult following of fans. It’s those fans that have been waiting to see how the band would follow it up, and now the answer to that question is here, in the form of bands new album “Infamous”.
For those out there that are expecting “Creatures” part II, you are in for a shock, as “Infamous” is a very different album entirely. “Infamous” takes everything Motionless In White did on “Creatures” and expands on it by taking things in a lot of different directions, everything from Black Metal, Metalcore, Industrial and Punk is thrown into the mix to create a deeply dark ride for the listener.
‘Black Damask (The Fog)’ opens the album with a Phantom Of The Opera style piano intro that sucks the listener in by being the quiet before the very heavy storm. A storm filled with black clouds, but then the chorus comes through and it’s like light through the darkness and it gives you the first taste of what’s to come. The album’s first single ‘Devil’s Night’ rears its head fairly early into the album, and starts to show the signs of progression the band has made by employing chunkier riffs, as well as some of the more traditional metalcore trappings.
Elsewhere on the album, you have the Marilyn Manson meets Rammstein stomp of ‘America’ and ‘Divine Infection’ with lyrics about how disgusting the american way is, as well as religion as a fear mongering cult, heavy themes indeed. This shows that the band is far more than just horror film sound bites and breakdowns. In fact, there are another two tracks on the album in ‘Sinematic’ and ‘Hatefuck’ that could very well been written by Manson at his best, and really highlight his influence on Motionless In White, as well as on Chris Motionless as a vocalist.
‘Puppets II (The Rain)’ features a melodic vocal from Bjorn Strid of Soilwork fame, which gives the track a unique edge,as a well as hook you can really get your head around. The album’s other big guest spot belongs to Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through, who engages in a brutal vocal duel on the track ‘If it’s dead, we’ll kill it’, which is far and away one of the stand out tracks on this album, and is without a doubt one of the finest songs both bands have ever been associated with.
“Infamous” was always going to be an interesting album to listen to, and I think that with this album Motionless In White have surpassed what they have done before. Not only have they created an album that is totally different to everything else in their catalogue but by also paying homage to all the bands that helped and inspired their creation. This album is a love letter, not only to the bands fans, but also to their idols. There are shades of the aforementioned Marilyn Manson and Rammstein, as well as elements of Bleeding Through, Slipknot and Cradle Of Filth to be found here, there are even lyrical Easter eggs for fans of The Smiths and The Cure as well.
Motionless In White have created an album that is unique, yet familiar and one that will set them even further apart from their peers than ever before, it is also one of the most addictive albums of the year, and one that I haven’t stopped listening to. Motionless In White are a great band and will continue to be one for a long time yet, join their cult now or get left behind.