Motionless In White - Graveyard Shift
4.0Overall Score

Motionless in White delivers a crisp picture of who they are and what they want to convey as a band on their recently released, fourth full length album, Graveyard Shift, which came out in full on 5th May 2017.

Although, in a broad sense, the songs of Graveyard Shift do touch on “struggles,” struggles are overshadowed by the aggressive presentation that is so easily associable with Motionless In White.

For instance, on ‘Rats,’ Chris Motionless, the band’s front man, sings about his need for something to “fix” his “sickness,” but that sickness is overshadowed by an undertone of sexual confidence and by the idea that we’re all “sick” so getting something to “fix” ourselves is all but irrelevant.

The album, as opposed to necessarily breaking any new boundaries, instead perfects the space that Motionless In White has long carved out for themselves. Alternatively, in sticking with MIW’s heavily gothic public presentation, you could say, half jokingly, that Graveyard Shift finishes off digging the band’s grave.

The album’s release marks eleven years since the band’s formation, a theme covered by the single ‘570,’ which comes towards the end of the album. On ‘570,’ Chris Motionless sings, “Strip me down, tear me apart, you’ll find one theme left; No sign of stopping ’til my veins rust,” as just one of the album’s indications that Motionless In White is artistically as confident as they’ve ever been and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Notable points on the more technical side of the composition of the album include Korn’s Jonathan Davis’s appearance on the album’s third track, ‘Necessary Evil.’ ‘Voices,’ the album’s eighth track, features an outro that’s almost rapped, and it also sounds less industrial and less metal than other songs on the album and elsewhere in MIW’s discography.

Although Motionless In White expresses their own confidence through Graveyard Shift, they also want to let fans have the opportunity to take some of that confidence for themselves. Indeed, the band’s front man, Chris Motionless, hosted a TEI Workshop on Vans Warped Tour in 2016, and he says that his experiences while hosting this workshop are what inspired him to write one of the album’s singles, ‘LOUD (Fuck It).’

TEI Workshops on Vans Warped Tour allow musical artists to hold small group chats with fans on a topic of the artist’s choosing, and Chris says that the message of ‘LOUD (Fuck It)’ is effectively the overall consensus of those group meetings turned into a song.

Quite simply, to use lyrics from the song itself, “When nobody hears you; You gotta stand up, you gotta commit; Say, ‘Fuck It,’ make the best of it.”