Motionless In White
from Scranton, PA
Boldness courses through Motionless In White's second full-length album, Infamous [Fearless Records]. Instead of simply sticking to a formula or worrying about anybody else's expectations, the Pennsylvania six-piece challenges not only itself but the entire heavy music scene. A potent amalgam of industrial grind, metallic energy, hardcore spite, and rock 'n' roll bombast, this collection sonically sears, scorches, and soars at all the right moments. It's also a sign of the next phase...
Emerging from an overwhelmingly homogenous musical climate, it would've been easy to follow. However, for Chris Motionless [vocals], Ricky Horror [guitar], Ryan Sitkowski [guitar], Balz [keys], Ghost [bass], and Brandon Richter [drums] joining the proverbial pack wasn't an option.
"We wanted to distance ourselves from any kind of scene," admits Chris. "This is different from what we've done in the past. There's more experimentation, and almost every kind of heavy music is involved. We wanted to explore what inspires us regardless of the genre of music. Lyrically, it's less rooted in fictional stories and more focused on real life events and things people can relate to. This is our view of the world, and this is what we were always meant to sound like."
In order to capture that distinct identity while recording in 2012, the band enlisted the production talents of both Jason Suecof [Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red] and Tim Skoeld [Marilyn Manson]. "They were both crucial to the record," Chris continues. "Tim really reinvented me as a musician, an artist, and a human being. Listening to him talk and share his unique take on art helped me realize a lot of what I live by and do."
His poetic perception takes the forefront on the irresistible single and active rock radio hit "AMERICA". Coupling an unshakable chant with an industrialized metal stomp, it's a powerful anthem. The story of excess gone wrong comes to life brutally and brilliantly in the music video by Slipknot mastermind M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan. Instantly, the clip racked up nearly 1 million views on YouTube/VEVO.
About the song, the vocalist reveals, "It's about the many things I see in this country I don't fully support - like saide idol, coked-out actresses and pop princesses that twelve-year-old girls are growing up idolizing. It's pathetic. The same song touches on the fast food industry, religion, politics, and many other various noteworthy topics that you experience living here day to day. For the video, 'Clown' knew exactly what I was talking about and wanted to accomplish. He took it to the next level with this freak show of characters I'm describing in the lyrics."
Motionless In White also assembled quite the cast of characters for the rest of the album. One of Chris's personal idols, Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through lends his inimitable scream to the piercing "If It's Dead, We'll Kill It", while Soilwork singer and metal legend Bjoern "Speed" Strid delivers a guttural cameo on "Puppets 2 (The Rain)". Meanwhile, an extra track on the Deluxe Edition of Infamous, "Sick From The Melt", features Trevor Friedrich of Combichrist and The Witch Was Right.
Chris goes on, "The collaborations really rounded out the record. It expands the sound further and allows fans to see who we're influenced by. It was great to have all of those guys involved. It really makes for an experience."
The group has been working towards creating that experience since their breakthrough 2010 full-length debut, Creatures. Since then, they continue reaching incredible milestones. Upon initial release, Infamous debuted at #53 on the Billboard Top 200, #19 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, #9 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #5 on the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. They covered Outburn Magazine, have destroyed stages alongside the likes of Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides, and appeared at festivals with Guns N' Roses, Korn, Slipknot, Rammstein, Alice In Chains, and more. 2013 saw them ravage the countryside on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and more.
However, Motionless In White have their sights set on much bigger things. "I want people to listen to our records and feel like I did about music when I was growing up," concludes the frontman. "It changed my life. Music really accentuates whatever you're going through. It still does that for me. We're going to continue creating what comes naturally. This is us."
There's no fear only art within Infamous.