For a newcomer with no previous Motionless In White knowledge, the job of hearing and taking in their new album ‘Graveyard Shift’ can seem to be a tall task. Sure, Hot Topic puts their merch in your face right next to Twenty One Pilots and Melanie Martinez, but that does not make them any easier to diagnose from a pure and open-minded perspective.
In all transparency, the first thought when playing the beginning track, ‘Rats,’ may not be a good one. The electronic opening is welcoming, but by the first growl of the guitar and slam of the drum, one can expect a sound similar to that of most modern metalcore bands. It was when the vocals came in the song when the mind is struck. The front man, dubbed Chris Motionless, definitely has a unique sound and makes it work for him throughout the album. For a virgin to the MIW sound, there is no smooth introduction. You are brutally dropped into this Motionless world.
The third track ‘Necessary Evil’ features Korn singer Jonathan Davis with the electronica/metal Korn aura about it. Shortly after, we are submerged into “The Ladder” with vicious screaming lyrics.
“Open grave, I was too blind to see / That “love”, spelled to you is / “F-A-M-E””
From here, tracks blend with similar sounds, making it hard to pinpoint something spectacular. Yes, Motionless can scream and yes the instrumentals are heavy. It is very Avenged Sevenfold meets Five Finger Death Punch. What this album does have going for it, is the pure originality of lyrics. There is not a single cover on this album. This is not exactly rare on a metal album, but it is always a pleasant surprise and a silent nod to innovation as opposed to recycling in music. This album is not exactly striving in longevity in the bigger picture. However, ‘Graveyard Shift’ is near perfect for that adrenaline rush you need while driving to work in the morning.
‘Graveyard Shift’ is out now via Roadrunner Records.