Release Date: October 12th, 2010
Label: Fearless Records
Website: None available
Depicting the horrific and macarbe on both the album cover and in their music, Motionless In White and their sophomore ‘Creatures’ are one of the more darker bands on the Fearless Records roster. Both in image and lyrics, the Pennsylvanian 6-piece portray gothic and horror to package themselves. Not the first band to do this by a long shot, and their unoriginality doesn’t stop there, especially with ‘Creatures’, which if we’re being frank reeks of genericy.
The thing is though that Motionless In White somehow manage to pull of genericy well, like really well, which is odd because they’ve got all those overused conventions in there; unoriginal breakdowns, screamed and growled verses against cleanly sung choruses, and a common crutch in post-hardcore/metalcore today – synth undertones. It should all sound so horrible and overdone, but with Motionless In White it sounds natural and organic, like it’s meant to be there and wasn’t at all premeditated.
Back to the synth, most bands who pull this off today ever make any song they include it in sound sloppy and near shambolic, or in most cases use it to try and “shake things up a bit” and overuse it. Motionless In White apply just the right amount without things getting stagnant, sometimes adding a bit more of a gothic feel to a track. Horror is a clear influence, with references to the ‘children of the night’ and horror film samples in ‘We Only Come Out At Night’ and song titles like ‘Cobwebs’. So horror fanatics have got something they can get into a bit here. The band even shove in that creaking door vocal effect most known to Marilyn Manson in tracks ‘London In Terror’ and ‘.com Pt II’.
Though the whole generic thing seems to fit Motionless In White like a glove, this backfires on them as there’s nothing on offer than particularly sticks out as overly original and ultimately memorable, and the clear lyric extract in ‘Puppets (The First Snow)’ of “I am human and I need to be loved / Just like everybody else does” from The Smiths‘ ‘How Soon Is Now?’ borders on cringing, despite its show of influences. There’s no huge variation between each track to give them their own character and identity, which leaves ‘Creatures’ as an album that falls short of great.
Written by Zach Redrup