As much as I hate to do this, I have to be honest.
Ever since the summer of 2008, I have been mostly fascinated by the metalcore act from Wilkes-Barre, PA known as Motionless in White. The debut album/EP (depending on if you were lucky enough to get your hands on the full-length, which oddly released before the EP), When Love Met Destruction was brilliant, in a word. So when the follow-up Creatures was announced and then released, there was little surprise when I came to find that it was also brilliant. Between the two releases and the many times seeing them live, the band seem destined to absolutely no wrong.
Unfortunately, I was, for the most part – wrong.
With November’s release of Infamous, I immediately catapulted the album into my “obvious” choices for “Top Album of the Year.” Upon listening to the first two tracks, it seemed as though they were mostly the same Motionless in White, but something seemed missing. It just did not seem as heavy. I brushed it off as a slight change in style and also the fact that I hadn’t exposed myself to anything new from them in two years.
Then the third track began – “A-M-E-R-I-C-A” was the first of many knock-off Marilyn Manson tunes, displaying an almost Industrial/Metal mix – not exactly the cup of tea I had hoped for.
“Burned at Both Ends,” the fourth song, brought life back to the record. So I sighed and thought to myself, OK, they must have just felt the urge to give a shout-out to their old idol? Wrong again.
After three out of the first four tracks displayed at least a moderate level of what had made them so appealing in the past, only one of the final eight tracks was even worth listening to (unless you enjoy laughing).
Again, as I mentioned above, it pains me to do this. I never really thought this would be a possibility. There are just certain bands, when they release records, that staple themselves into your “favorites” list. It is perfectly reasonable to expect this after a band’s proven track record. And, although they had only released two records up till now, I can honestly say that I did not see a flaw in the cracks.
Moving on, “The Divine Infection,” “Hatefuck,” and “Infamous” are the negative standouts of the record. I don’t think I have ever said negative standouts together in an album analysis, but I suppose there is a first for everything. On the title track, I swear to God, Jonathan Davis is singing back-up vocals. The Korn resemblance is distinct, yet unnatural. It feels so forced and painful. I only mention pain, due to the insane amount I am in after a dozen listens or so, only doing this to myself to hopefully work past the badness – to no avail.
Half the time I am listening to the second half of the record, I feel as though I am listening to a new Orgy album entitled Fuck (lead vocalist Chris Cerulli’s use of the word is mind-numbing).
Aside from the four “strong” tracks that the record has to offer, I am sincerely disappointed. So when figuring out what to rate Infamous, I felt it necessary to pretend this to be a debut release, never knowing any band by the name Motionless in White. Yet, still, my feelings remain vastly unchanged.
Oh well, maybe next time fellas. I will be eagerly awaiting with anticipation and excitement. Don’t let me down again.
For Those Who Like: Marilyn Manson‘s The Golden Age of Grotesque – Korn‘s See You On the Other Side – The Word Alive‘s Deceiver