The American metalcore/post-hardcore scene is filled with bands that only manage to follow a certain pattern that ‘they think’ might bring them success. One can get lost in the groups playing the same old thing over and over again. Luckily for us, some names do manage to stand out and create a certain ‘trendsetter’ halo around them, simply because they have enough balls to add diversity in their sound.
Motionless in White was not one of the lucky ones in my opinion..until this record kicked in. What we have now here is a combination of typical metalcore loud attitude, catchy anthems and influences from a bunch of different bands with strong sounds and personality: Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, even a bit of old school Linkin Park. Now I know that all the groups I just mentioned might not have much in common, but bear with me on this one, because this is where it gets interesting: these guys put almost everything they got on the shoulders of their vocalist, Chris ‘Motionless’ Cerulli. By ‘almost everything’ I mean the fact that when it comes to certain parts both the vocals as well as the instrumental bits create a sound with a certain influence in it. However, for the most part, mr Cerulli has to be congratulated for his amazing range: from screams, growls, to clean and softer sounds he manages to almost perfectly bring to life Manson or Dani Filth’s voice in certain songs without giving a fake or ‘pushing it too much’ impression.
Of course, that with all this in mind, people might think: ‘why doesn’t he try to sound more like himself and less like already more famous names in the industry?’ He does sound like himself but he just likes to play with his modulations, which to me shows that he understands how his voice works very well.
This album takes you through all sort of feelings, but the core message remains a big ‘fuck you’ towards the society and the monsters it creates. Simple and straight to the point. With songs like ‘Black Damask’, ‘Burned at both ends’ or ‘Devil’s Night’ the band sticks to their metalcore/post-hardcore roots. ‘Infamous’, ‘A-M-E-R-I-C-A’, ‘The divine infection’ are the tracks with the anthem and maybe a bit more mainstream sound. The soft spot of the record becomes the song ‘Sinematic’, a ballad talking about lost romance in a sick and twisted way. My least favourite song would have to be ‘Puppets 2 (The Rain)’ maybe because it sounds too much like their old style, while the rest of the album moves everything one step further.
All in all, I have to say ‘Infamous’ is one of my favourite records released in 2012 and it would make a great apocalypse soundtrack, in case it gets to that!