Now here is a band that has well and truly forged their name into metal in recent times. Motionless In White (or MIW) are a group from Pennsylvania who came together in 2005 with the intention of creating some spooky, aggressive metal tracks, forging their name from an Eighteen Visions song tells you all you need to know about that. This is their fifth full length studio album and across all of those the style twists and evolves through them making them all so different from each other, I can’t help but wonder about what’s going to be there for us this time.
So they’re back again, are we going to get a very industrial approach? An eerie metalcore album? Or are we going to get straight up aggression? Well there seems to be a fourth option in which they seem to have thrown a bit of it all in. Title track “Disguise” reminds me of their second album which was gothic and graft on the metalcore but there parts of that industrial tinge they had on the last album. “Headache” has that heavy horn and honothon Davis vibe. “Thoughts & Prayers” shows just how heavy these guys really can get, it’s a thing of sheer beauty. The guys have always been spooky, evil and sinister in their sound and their look, but that’s never been more clear than on “Undead 2: The Tale of the Midnight Ride” which is like the opening of Frankenstein or Dracula style story before ripping off the wrapper with pure aggression and heavy metal madness.
I’ve followed the guys from the days of having “Abigail” on a Metal Hammer sampler disk up unto this, and this is so far beyond anything I thought they would end up producing. They’re really explored their sound and the end product is that by far this is my favourite album or theirs now hands down.
Review by James Webb