Ok, so while I do love MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan. The first time I heard of them was when they released their 2013 single, “America.” After that, my interest in them grew ever so slightly and when Reincarnate came out in 2014, quite frankly, I wasn’t all that impressed. Very few tracks grabbed my attention and a huge part of me hoped that their next album would be a great successor to the record. Lo and behold, Graveyard Shift, (May 5, Roadrunner Records) hit my ears and I fell in love with it from start to finish.
The creeping electronic introductory beat for “Rats” immediately sucked me right into the album. The song’s intro reminded me of the actual creatures just crawling out of the sewers late at night. The track had a very strong, catchy chorus that I haven’t been able to get out of my head for days now. “Necessary Evil” had a special guest vocalist, KORN’S Jonathan Davis, and the song turned out great. The best way to really describe it is to imagine if MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and KORN had a love child, it would be “Necessary Evil.” On the next song, “Soft,” hearing front man Chris Motionless scream out “YOU’RE MINE, MOTHERFUCKER!” man, that got me AMPED UP (no pun intended for our beloved Amps and Green Screens here).
The one thing I did find interesting was their decision to basically create a follow up, “Not My Type: Dead as Fuck 2,” to their track from Reincarnate, “Dead As Fuck.” It definitely touched on the necrophilia themes as did the last one but this time, portions of it reminded me of one of my favorite childhood movies, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The next tune, “The Ladder,” featured a solid quote from the 2016 film, The Neon Demon that really fit perfectly with the song itself. And part of the pre-chorus, “Now you’re just somebody that I used to fuck,” brought back some annoying memories of that over-played 2011 single “Somebody That I Used to Know” (I really apologize if that brought back some annoying memories for anyone…now you can share the pain with me).
“Voices” has an amazing chorus that faintly starts in the beginning before diving right into a headbanging beat. The next song, their recent single and one of my favorites, “LOUD (Fuck It)”, has a fantastic empowering chorus and gets me hyped up every time I hear the “TURN IT UP, TURN IT UP NOW!” But the best part is when they pay homage to one of Heath Ledger’s quotes as The Joker from The Dark Knight: “Let’s put a smile on that face.” Oh Chris, you sure know how to make a girl really smile. The following track, first single “570,” is honestly not my favorite but I do love that they note their beginnings before they blew up.
Closing the disc is another favorite, “Eternally Yours,” which really ends things on a strong note. I mean it when I say this, they really did save the best for last. Overall, Graveyard Shift is an incredible offering from an amazing band. There was not a dead track on the record. I really feel like this one will be very hard to top. A job well done, gents! Be sure to check the album out on May 5, you will not regret it!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Rats”, “Necessary Evil”, “Soft”, “Voices”, “LOUD (Fuck It)”, “Eternally Yours”