By Chris Coutsoukis
Savagery, absolute savagery. That's a great way to introduce Motionless In White's brand new album, Graveyard Shift. If you are looking for a record that breaks all the rules and does it with grace and callous, this is your album. In this review, we break the band's fourth studio record song by song... hold on to your seat.
Motionless wastes no time kicking the album off with, "Rats." After a quick EDM intro, axe-man, Ricky Horror breaks into a monster riff that will drives the rest of the song. Like most tracks on Graveyard Shift, "Rats" is a straight forward, fist pounding, anthem designed to leave fans ready for war.
Queen For Queen
Get comfortable being uncomfortable, because Chris Motionless has no plans of letting you slow down. Another monster-sized riff brings us "Queen For Queen." The track is a straightforward metalcore tune with a catchy chorus, "When you fall down will you back out, As you crawl through life with no crown."
Necessary Evil (Ft. Jonathan Davis)
It's our bet this one is the next single from Graveyard Shift. Join Motionless as they invite Nu Metal legend Jonathan Davis of Korn for some crushing guest vocals on "Necessary Evil." This monster sing-along has Chris Motionless reminding you, "It's my party and I'll die when I want to."
Damn... This song is designed for a rough day. If you're having one, crank this track to 11 and enjoy the ride. We will compare this track to Avenged Sevenfold's "God Damn," the song on the album leaving you ready for pretty much anything. We can't wait to see what favors frontman Chris Motionless asks for from his pits during this track.
Returning to sensational catchy EDM beats, "Untouchable" is an upbeat anthem built on self-confidence. The song is driven by a simple and memorable beat, reminding you, "Through everywhere that I go, Every failure I fold, Every crack in my bones, I'm untouchable." This is song is designed to carry you through and remind you your inner strength, thanks Motionless :).
Not My Type: Dead As F*** 2
Would it really be a Motionless album if there wasn't a song you could picture your self having the best Halloween of your life to? No. That's why we have "Not My Type." Drawing on their Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson influences, "Not My Type" is one of the most cinematic tracks on the album. If a haunted hayride with Ghost and Vinny sounds like a good time, jump into this one.
Chris Motionless reveals his inner romantic on, "The Ladder." This song is all about finding true love, your yellow umbrella. Well, Motionless In White style at least. Gotye fans can rejoice as the band shows tribute to, "Now you're just somebody that I used to..." Well let you figure that one out.
"Voices in my head again, Trapped in a war inside my own skin, They're pulling me ." This track is guaranteed to be one you will not forget. "Voices" is an old-school, contagiously catchy rock song. Keeping company with bands like Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, Motionless executes flawlessly on "Voices." If you're looking for a song to have stuck in your head, click the triangle.
You may have heard this one, it was the band's first music video for Graveyard Shift. One of the band's leading singles "LOUD" is total jam. This song is about making a name for yourself no matter what life throws out you. We're all about that here at HR TV, "You gotta be loud, You gotta be rude, So the world can hear you, You gotta be crass, You gotta be cold, It’s everything we know, Turn it up, turn it up now!"
In case anyone needed Scranton, Pennsylvania's Area Code, here you go. This song is about knowing your roots and knowing your phone number. Hey Chris, we're 617 in Boston. "570," is a throwback to the Motionless you first discovered at Warped Tour. It is always great to see a band protect elements of who they have always been, "570" hits that mark.
Life is short guys, listen to metal. "Hourglass" is another old-school Motionless tune. With metalcore riffing in full force, "Hourglass" reminds us to take each step carefully, "It's too late to feel I've lost my breath, With the hands of time around my neck, Am I more than a pillar of the past, Or am I just a sand enslaved by the hourglass."
The first single from Graveyard Shift is the same song that sends us home. "Eternally Yours" is an impressive evolution of Motionless' sound. "Eternally Yours" is an all out sing-a-long, with the riffing and breakdowns the band would be remiss to leave behind. We can see why the band chose this as the first taste. "Eternally Yours" has the punch that make the pit bounce and the melody you will sing the whole drive home from their show.
Graveyard Shift, might by our favorite from Motionless yet. It has attitude, it has creativity, and above all else, well-written melodies. Enjoy the album and be sure to catch the band on tour this summer.
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