Infamous is the second studio album by American gothic metal 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. 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. 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.
Background and singles
The album abandons the metalcore sound 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. 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, track 13 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.
"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. 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". 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.
|1.||"Black Damask (The Fog)"||Chris Cerulli, Mick Kenney||3:51|
|2.||"Devil's Night"||Cerulli, Ricky Olson, Drew Fulk, Jason Suecof||3:58|
|3.||"A-M-E-R-I-C-A" (featuring Michael Vampire)||Cerulli||3:37|
|4.||"Burned at Both Ends"||Cerulli, Suecof||3:30|
|5.||"The Divine Infection"||Cerulli||3:38|
|6.||"Puppets 2 (The Rain)" (featuring Bjorn Strid)||Cerulli, Suecof, Olson||4:57|
|8.||"If It's Dead, We'll Kill It" (featuring Brandan Schieppati)||Cerulli||3:11|
|9.||"Synthetic Love"||Cerulli, Suecof, Michael Kenney||3:32|
|11.||"Underdog"||Cerulli, Suecof, Fulk, Kenny||3:56|
|Deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Sick from the Melt" (featuring Trevor Friedrich)||3:24|
|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|