Motionless In White: Reincarnate

Chris Motionless marks his dance cards

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Motionless In White have never been

Not that there’s anything wrong with paying tribute to your heroes, of course, but truth be told, the reference points on display here are endless: Death March is practically dripping with Manson’s attitude, the title track’s chorus sounds like AFI at their anthemic finest, Final Dicvtm shamelessly channels Combichrist, Dead As Fuck gloriously apes Rob Zombie’s shlock-horror-isms, Puppets 3 even boasts a Dani Filth cameo for its Cradle-inspired black metal romp and, most bizarrely, Unstoppable seems to be a song that Five Finger Death Punch left down the back of the sofa. It all makes for a rather confusing but, more pressingly, hugely enjoyable listen, and while the result is a loss of some of the identity that Infamous and its predecessor had gone some distance to establish, it’s still a rollicking tunefest in its own right. Motionless could undoubtedly still do with reining themselves in if they are to fully engrave themselves as a band all of their own making, but as it stands, they more than know how to work their inspirations to great effect, and Reincarnate is as fun a metal album as you’re likely to hear this year.

Via Fearless

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.