Motionless In White
Motionless In White’s third album makes good on frontman Chris Motionless’ desire to take his band in places he felt they needed to go—as opposed to places where the band’s fans wanted them to stay. Sonically diverse and diamond-hard, Reincarnate takes seemingly disparate elements to create a soundtrack for metalheads, gothic beauties and industrial rivetheads to immerse themselves. Guitarists Ricky Horror and Ryan Sitkowski never fail to deliver riffage that will open up pits, while synth op Josh Balz creates inspired electronic vistas that peak all the meters measuring the band’s intensity quotient. Cradle Of Filth mouthpiece Dani Filth shows up for the goth/death/thrash purgatory of “Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale),” which owes as much to black-metal mavericks Anaal Nathrakh as it does AFI. Former MIW producer/KMFDM member Tim Skold brings his vision to the punishing “Final Dictvm,” offering migraine beats and electronic noise to the band’s dance-metal thumping, thereby burning down the world’s EDM straw men. Motionless pushes himself to reach dynamic heights as a vocalist throughout the proceedings, navigating come-sip-the-broth-of-Hades growling, stentorian melodies (“Unstoppable”), dark romance (“Contemptress,” featuring In This Moment’s Maria Brink) and Marilyn Manson-styled narratives (“Everybody Sells Cocaine,” “Dead As Fuck”); sometimes he crams all these attributes in one song (the closing “Carry The Torch”), and the result leaves your shattered jaw on the bloody sidewalk.
With Reincarnate, Motionless In White have not only distilled the essence of their influences into an even darker cohesion, they’ve reanimated the creatively bankrupt corpse of industrial rock, disrupted the by-numbers routine of electronic-tinged metalcore and delivered furious rock songs with a widescreen presence that makes an IMAX theater feel like an iPad screen. As Motionless sings in “Break The Cycle,” “One’s man whisper is another’s scream.” Want to get lost in the dark? Don’t think twice, it’s all White…