In the past 5 years or so, the number of post-hardcore and metalcore bands that have come to national attention are as surprising as they are varied. From the metalcore turned alt-rock/active rock of Of Mice and Men, to Bring Me The Horizon’s Sempiternal, to even newcomers like I Prevail getting high billing on major festivals, these are bands that have (mostly) figured out how to break out of the proverbial “scene”. When you realize that some of these bands are even played on national sports broadcasts when they were on the small stages of Warped Tour less than a decade ago, it’s a bit surreal, regardless of the overall quality of their music.
Having gained a ton of attention in the last few years, industrial metal/metalcore band Motionless In White are ready for their time in the spotlight. If you’ve been a fan of the band for a while, you’ll know that their breakout album Creatures is what really started things for MIW, but it was really breakout 2014 album Reincarnate that cemented the band as one that would hit mainstream attention. They’ve got all the tools for success – an enigmatic frontman in Chris Motionless, a sound that doesn’t alienate long-time fans of MIW, and an aesthetic that might remind many of Marilyn Manson around 20 years ago. These are all great qualities, and judging by the band’s upcoming tour plans this summer, the future is right now.
Their new album, Graveyard Shift, is available to stream right now below. It’s buoyed with songs that could be great singles, but is also a solid effort in full, only containing a disappointing track or two. Even if it’s not Creatures part II like many fans are clamoring for, the album really isn’t that much of a departure either.
There’s no doubt about it, though. Graveyard Shift is going to bring Motionless In White a metric ton of new fans. The question is, will you be there along for the ride?