Infamous (Motionless in White album)

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Infamous
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Studio album by Motionless in White
Released November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)
June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11) (Deluxe Edition)
Genre Industrial metal, gothic metal, metalcore[1][2]
Length 46:38
Label Fearless
Producer Jason Suecof, Tim Sköld
Motionless in White chronology
Creatures
(2010)Creatures2010
Infamous
(2012)
Reincarnate
(2014)Reincarnate2014
Singles from Infamous
  1. "Devil’s Night"
    Released: September 25, 2012
  2. "If It's Dead, We'll Kill It"
    Released: October 9, 2012
  3. "A-M-E-R-I-C-A"
    Released: April 23, 2013

Infamous is the second studio album by American metalcore band Motionless in White. The album was produced by Jason Suecof and Tim Sköld and was released on November 13, 2012. The album's track-listing was revealed on September 20, 2012.[3] The album leaked on October 8, 2012, more than one month before its planned release, causing a huge discussion among the band's fanbase. Infamous charted at #53 on the Billboard 200, #19 on Top Rock Albums, #9 on Top Independent Albums, and #5 on Top Hard Rock Albums.[4] The album was also the last release from the band to feature long time drummer and co-founder of the band, Angelo Parente. The album has sold 83,000 copies as of September 2014.[5]

Background and singles[edit]

The album abandons the metalcore sound[6] is the band's most diverse work so far, drawing influences from various styles of music such as Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Cradle of Filth, Bleeding Through, Rob Zombie, KMFDM, As I Lay Dying, AFI, Linkin Park and Rammstein - compared to the breakdown filled metalcore effort of their debut. In an interview with Metal Hammer UK, Chris Cerulli states that although he has enjoyed working within the metalcore genre, he and the band aim to develop their sound to prevent it from becoming too generic; Infamous has been their first step toward achieving this goal.[7] In the same article, Chris talks about the sound on Creatures stating that their aim was to "take the (metalcore) genre and put twists on it and re-invent what it means to be this sort of band." He also claims that the band are through with making music in the metalcore style as he states that the Infamous album was to "get them out of a genre which has become repetitive monotonous bullshit."

On October 9, 2012, a lyric video for the single "If It's Dead, We'll Kill It" was released. The video is full of old black and white horror movie clips and references, as well as live shots from the band's first UK headlining tour. On November 13, 2012, a music video was released for the single "Devil's Night". It was shot by Cody Blue Snider, who also directed the previous music video, "Immaculate Misconception", from their debut album, Creatures. On January 9, 2013, the band released a live music video for the opening track on Infamous, "Black Damask". It is compiled of live shots from their first North American headlining tour, "The Infamous Tour". On April 23, 2013, a lyric video was released for the single "A-M-E-R-I-C-A", which had also introduced the new drummer, Brandon Richter, formally from the band The Witch Was Right. He was to replace founding member, Angelo Parente who had left the band for personal reasons in early March. An official music video for the single "A-M-E-R-I-C-A", which was directed by Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot, was released on June 3, with a deluxe edition of Infamous released on June 11, containing remixes of several tracks, and two new songs.

"Sick From The Melt", the thirteenth track on the deluxe version of the album, features Trevor Friedrich, percussionist of Combichrist and the vocalist of The Witch Was Right, now-percussionist Brandon Richter's former band. Combichrist also remixed Sinematic on track 17.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Alternative Press5/5 stars[8]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[9]
Revolver5/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars
UltimateGuitar7.7 stars on a 10 point scale

Infamous has received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Alternative Press gave Infamous 5 out of 5 stars, saying that "Motionless In White have definitely proven their point and carried it out well" and that it sounds similar to Marilyn Manson and label mates The Word Alive.[8] Kerrang! gave Infamous 4/5 K's, saying the album "sounds like the album Manson's Born Villain should have been", and that "this ambitious Frankenstein's monster of an album will see Motionless In White become many people's new favorite band".[9] Revolver said Infamous "rages like Bleeding Through, and stomps like vintage Manson", and "displays a compelling [musical] range for a young band", giving the album a 3.5 out of 5.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Black Damask (The Fog)"Chris Cerulli, Mick Kenney3:51
2."Devil's Night"Cerulli, Ricky Olson, Drew Fulk, Jason Suecof3:58
3."A-M-E-R-I-C-A" (featuring Michael Vampire)Cerulli3:37
4."Burned at Both Ends"Cerulli, Suecof3:30
5."The Divine Infection"Cerulli3:38
6."Puppets 2 (The Rain)" (featuring Bjorn Strid)Cerulli, Suecof, Olson4:57
7."Sinematic"Cerulli4:49
8."If It's Dead, We'll Kill It" (featuring Brandan Schieppati)Cerulli3:11
9."Synthetic Love"Cerulli, Suecof, Michael Kenny3:32
10."Hatefuck"Cerulli3:11
11."Underdog"Cerulli, Suecof, Fulk, Kenny3:56
12."Infamous"Cerulli4:23
Total length:46:38
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Sick from the Melt" (featuring Trevor Friedrich)3:24
14."Fatal"5:19
15."A-M-E-R-I-C-A (Celldweller Remix)"3:58
16."Underdog (Ricky Horror Remix)"4:34
17."Sinematic (Combichrist Remix)"5:02
18."A-M-E-R-I-C-A (Radio Mix)"3:31

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motionless in White - Infamous (album review 6)". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Motionless In White - Infamous: Album Review". Killhipsters.com. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Motionless In White Reveal "Infamous" Tracklisting". underthegunreview.net. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Infamous - Motionless in White". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  5. ^ Keith Caulfield (2014-09-24). "Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  6. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: Motionless In White – Infamous « Bring the Noise UK". Bringthenoiseuk.com. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  7. ^ "The Great American Nightmare" (PNG). 24.media.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  8. ^ a b December 2012 #293
  9. ^ a b "Motionless In White Daily. : Photo". Motionlessinwhitedaily.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Review: Motionless In White – Infamous". revolvermag.com. 2012-10-30. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-06-30.