Motionless in White
Genre: Gothic / Metal
Blurb: With every album Motionless in White releases, the band seems to be making great progress towards creating its own niche in the music scene, but this album pours a concrete home in the metal genre right now and for years to come.
It has been 10 years since the first release from the American metal band, Motionless in White, but you wouldn’t be able to recognize that much of the earlier music as actually the same band. Despite the fact that there is only one remaining original member, this band has gone through such an impressive transition during its lifespan. While the band started off as any emo/screamo entity full of the lurching, depressing lyrics and synchronized headbanging all over MySpace, Motionless in White has since opened for Marilyn Manson and now has musicians such as Dani Filth and Tim Skold contributing on albums that send the group touring all over the world.
Reincarnate is supposed to showcase a turning point in the band’s career – as having always pushed the “Be yourself, fuck what anyone else thinks” message in the songs, but now beginning to bring new prospects to our eyes. The first track, “Death March” starts with what sounds like the siren from the movie The Purge, when all hell is about to break loose; definitely the perfect way to open this one-of-a-kind album. The title track, “Reincarnate” is the first single from this album and probably the catchiest song on the album. Its lyrics offer a simple sneak peek into the mastermind of the band – Chris “Motionless” Cerulli – and how this album is a giant middle finger to his past and everyone who has tried to stand in his way. The synths give the poppy beat a haunting undertone until his deep growls and screams kick in to drag you down with the heavy drums and guitars.
As mentioned, Dani Filth does have a spotlight on the track “Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale),” the last of three songs that have been scattered throughout Motionless in White’s releases over the years, telling a story of having loved, lost, and getting fucked over by your ex. This is probably the heaviest song on the album and it’s almost terrifying how much emotion is put into it. Other songs like “Wasp,” “Break the Cycle,” and “Dark Passenger” are also emotionally heavy and songs that demonstrate a lot of devotion put into them.
Reincarnate and the album prior – Infamous, which came out in 2012 – have clear influences from bands such as Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Bleeding Through, and others in the scary, shocking, or dark metal genre. Despite the similarities, Motionless in White is creating its own very unique sound, message, and image, one that continues to impress and recruit fans with anything the band comes up with. Whether it’s an entirely new album, a cover of “Du Hast” for another Punk Goes… compilation album, or endless tours around the world, this band is completely unstoppable.
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Grace Kennedy (grace.lk)