Motionless In White – Reincarnate
You can’t fault Motionless In White’s commitment to pushing their own sound, which is significantly more impressive than playing it safe.
For better or worse, the boys in Motionless In White aren’t content to comfortably sit on a sound for too long. Starting out in the sheltered and insular world of modern metalcore, the group eventually steered themselves in a more traditional direction on 2012’s Infamous. Two years have now passed and things have shifted shape once again (although not quite as dramatically as the last creative jump), with the quintet further embracing the tortured electronic elements of Marilyn Manson (on “Death March”), the lighter side of Slipknot (courtesy of Reincarnate’s stomping title track) and of course, the grand choruses of Swedish favourites Soilwork.
The appearance of Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth on “Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale)” lends an element of authenticity to the troupe’s blast beat-driven passages and brief journey into the world of textured, slightly blackened metal. Things start to settle on “Unstoppable” – compared to the dramatic juxtaposition of the disc’s opening trio of tracks – while the anthemic hooks of “Everybody Sells Cocaine” recalls Manson at his most boastful. “Contemptress” and “Break The Cycle” are more predictably Motionless In White, complete with vocalist Chris Motionless’ occasionally frustrating insistence on delivering profanity-laden catch cries, as opposed to something with a little more substance, which he’s proven he’s capable of. The dominant, electronic beats and eerie flourishes of “Wasp” demonstrate an impressive secondary side to Motionless In White, which is unfortunately undermined by the poorly titled “Dead As Fuck”, although the track itself is likely to become a widespread hit within the band’s arsenal.
At times Reincarnate sounds a bit muddled, veering from quasi-industrial ‘90s goth shtick, to Euro metal and back again. But you can’t fault Motionless In White’s commitment to pushing their own sound, which is significantly more impressive than playing it safe.
The Essential Track: “Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale)” – A sign of a more extreme future? We hope so.