Sound — 8
I'll start off by saying that this album is different to "Creatures". It was stated by Chris "Motionless" Cerulli just before it was released, and it has certainly followed through on that promise. "Creatures" was a great album, in my opinion, but it was filled with constant verse, chorus, breakdown progressions. Motionless have certainly taken it up a notch in this album and taken the more metal route, following in the footsteps of artists such as Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. And they have pulled it off. The album is very crisp and well made, and I feel that this change in style for the band is a good step forward, as they have always said how they are influenced by Marilyn Mason and Slipknot, but this is the first album to really bring this through. Some people may not like the change, but the change in genre will bring along new fans as well as keep many old ones too. Overall brilliant, and while there are still a couple of songs that have the same old routine, they have went all out on this album, and you can really tell.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very well written, as they always are on a Motionless In White album, adopting a very dark theme to them, but there is a noticeable difference in the lyrics in some songs. For example, song like "Infamous" and "If It's Dead, We'Ll Kill It" bring back the old theme of telling the world that they don't care what they think and that no God nor any "higher society" celebrities are going to tell them what to do. However, in songs like "Sinematic" and "Black Damask (The Fog)", the lyrics are more like a break up gone wrong, and they are brought through even stronger with the impressive instruments in the background. Chris has improved his metal voice, giving it a deeper tone and going more towards Slipknot than Asking Alexandria, for example, but his clean vocals are still as good as they always have been, a very good performance in this aspect.
Overall Impression — 8
To compare with "Creatures" and the EP "When Love Meets Destruction" is a difficult one, as the genre of music they play across the albums has changed, so in their respective genres, they are both top class albums. If I were to compare it with other artists, I would say it's a mix of Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, with an element of old Motionless In White still there to give it that feel of making the album their own. In my opinion, the most impressive songs on the album are "Underdog", "Burned At Both Ends" and "A-M-E-R-I-C-A" as they all incorporate what made us love Motionless In White in the first place, with the new sound they have adapted. I love the album as a whole, a lot of time was spent on it and you can definitely tell that they worked as hard as they could on this album, my only issue really is that I don't feel the instruments are performing to the same level as they have in previous albums, while still by no means simple, I don't think that it is as complicated or impressive as it used to be, but it sounds brilliant regardless. If this album was stolen or lost, I would definitely go out and buy a new copy when I could, as it is the kind of album that has much replay value, and it something that could easily be listened to over again.