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Album Reviews : Motionless In White – Reincarnate

By on October 21, 2014

Motionless_in_white_reincarnateThe way I see it Motionless In White has been one of the more interesting metalcore acts as of late. They are a great deal of fun live and the way they incorporate industrial elements into their music makes them stand out where most other bands in the genre sounds almost the same.

I first heard of this album through Cradle of Filth legend Dani Filth. A Facebook update told me that he would be doing guest vocals on an upcoming Motionless in White track. I listened to Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale) on the day it was released and oh boy did it blow me away. I have always been a huge fan of Dani Filth’s lyrics and he outshines Chris in that department, but the song overall works extremely well. I think it was a good choice for a single and I’m impressed that they managed to get Dani on board for this.

What about the album overall then? I had pretty high expectations beforehand and I have to say that I’m very pleased with what I’m hearing. More than anything Chris’ clean vocals add a much needed dimension to the pretty simple instrumental parts. One thing that does surprise me is how much they have taken inspiration (to put it mildly) from Marilyn Manson. I don’t mind it at all, Everybody Sells Cocaine is one of my favourite tracks on the album and it wouldn’t be surprising if people mistook it for a Manson song.

I’m a big sucker for industrial music, Rammstein being my all-time favourite band, which is one of the reasons as to why I really like this record. The industrial sound is mostly kept to the verses, while the metalcore is saved for the heavier choruses. There are exceptions and when the worlds do collide, that’s when Motionless In White shines the most. Dark Passenger is an excellent example of this and it is probably the standout track together with Puppets 3.

There’s not only metal on this album though. Wasp clocks in at just over seven minutes. Dessa Poljak of Silencio provides beautiful and enchanting female vocals in what could only be described as a goth industrial ballad. It makes for a nice change and it keeps it fresh and interesting.

There are plenty of guest musicians on this album, the aforementioned Dessa Poljak and Dani Filth are accompanied by Tom Hane and Maria Brink (In This Moment) laying down the drum work and vocals respectively on Contempress. Tim Sköld (Marilyn Manson, KMFDM among others) provides vocals on Final Dictvm and guitar on the acoustic version of Sinematic.

I really like this album. It was a bit more industrial rock oriented than I initially expected, but it makes for a nice change of scenery. I believe that Motionless In White has something big going on. Not only do they sound different to other bands in the genre, but they have a solid live show and you get the feeling that they really know where they are going with their music. They have established an image and I very much believe that they will survive longer than many other of the successful metalcore bands out there.

If you like metalcore, you should already know about this band and you probably already like them. If you don’t like metalcore normally, I would suggest you check out a song or two anyway, it might surprise you! Puppets 3 is the obvious one to check out, along with Dark Passenger and Unstoppable.

Band: Motionless In White
Album: Reincarnate
Year: 2014
Genre: Industrial Metal
Label: Fearless Records
Origin: Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
http://motionlessinwhite.net/

Tracklist:

  1. Death March
  2. Reincarnate
  3. Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale) (feat. Dani Filth)
  4. Unstoppable
  5. Everybody Sells Cocaine
  6. Contemptress (feat. Maria Brink)
  7. Break the Cycle
  8. Generation Lost
  9. Dark Passenger
  10. Wasp
  11. Dead as Fuck
  12. Final Dictvm (feat. Tim Sköld)
  13. Carry the Torch
  14. Sinematic (Acoustic Version) [Bonus Track]

About

Martin is an aspiring music photographer/videographer. He is originally from the southern parts of Sweden and now he's living in Sydney, Australia. Thanks to his older sister, he got into Rammstein at the age of 9, and since then he's been into all types of metal/rock. He loves to combine photography and music, but also filming concerts and produce live material. Follow him on Twitter and check out his website.