If memory serves me well, the last heavy metal album review on Subjective Sounds was Sepultura’s incredible Machine Messiah. Yes, it has been far too long my fellow Metalheads! Interestingly, just as I was largely unaware of Sepultura, at the time of the review, I similarly know very little about Motionless In White.
While one should never judge an album by its cover, the artwork for Graveyard Shift is AMAZING! Without even playing the first song, I knew it would be a hard hitter. However, I wasn’t prepared for the sonic perfection that was to captivate me for the entire length of the album.
Another reason why I decided to give this album a listen was that Korn's Jonathan Davis features on the song Necessary Evil. Davis is a musical genius and doesn’t associate himself with average or substandard musical endeavours. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Rats immediately sets the tone for the entire album. I knew within seconds that I was going to love this album, although my family were questioning my sanity as I kept turning the volume up to ear bleeding levels. Rats is one of the best songs to start any metal album on and the mastering, as I will detail later, is amongst the best I have ever heard in the heavy metal genre.
Queen For Queen continues the intense beat and rhythm with a song that has elements of Linkin Park, albeit it with a much heavier and demonic sound.
Necessary Evil (featuring Jonathon Davis) is a masterpiece that every Korn fan will adore.
Soft is the wrong name for this song as it is hardcore, especially from a vocal perspective. The guttural death growl vocal shifts in and out throughout the song. Overall, it reminds me of a mix between Slipknot and Sixx: A.M. You should simply turn this song up and get the headbanging started.
Untouchable is sonic perfection. I absolutely love the industrial metal style. It has an incredible rhythm and while some may think it isn't hard-hitting enough, following Soft, I absolutely love the melody-infused sound. An exceptional song!
Not My Type: Dead As Fuck 2 will see you unable to control your body as it convulses to the beat. I absolutely love this song and is that a little Sheri Moon Zombie laugh I hear? If you're not pissing off your neighbours yet, you're missing out on the entire experience and you need to turn that volume knob to the right!
The Ladder is the first song on the album that I'm not connecting with. There is too much thrash in the guttural vocal for my liking.
Voices is incredible! Yes, it is inspired by the original Linkin Park sound, but Voices is exceptional and is so much more than a Linkin Park imitation.
LOUD (Fuck It) is awesome! It is a fun song that reminds me of Limp Bizkit.
570 returns the album to the guttural vocal, hard hitting, fast riffing sound that we have heard throughout much of the album. Vocally, it is a little more relaxed than The Ladder and subsequently, I really enjoy the song and overall rhythm.
Hourglass has an incredible vibe that returns my thoughts to the musicality experienced in Necessary Evil.
Eternally Yours, as the final track, ensures that I am compelled to listen to the album again and check out the rest of Motionless In White's catalogue. Eternally Yours is no B-side. Quite frankly, there isn't a bad song on the album. Despite not connecting with The Ladder, it does fit the album and style of the band. I have no doubt many of you will enjoy it.
Graveyard Shift is an incredible achievement from a sonic perspective. There is no lack of dynamics and brickwalling is not apparent at any volume level. It is recorded, mixed, and mastered with nothing less than pure perfection.
For this review, I listened to the 24/88.2 kHz TIDAL Masters/MQA edition of the album on TIDAL Hi-Fi. I also listened to the standard TIDAL Hi-Fi 16/44.1 kHz edition and while it is the same mastering, the bass, soundstage, and overall sonic signature is noticeably more accurate with the TIDAL Masters/MQA edition. That said, I wouldn't be disappointed if I only had access to the TIDAL Hi-Fi 16/44.1 kHz edition.
Graveyard Shift is available on CD, the TIDAL Store (16/44.1 kHz FLAC), and iTunes (Mastered for iTunes). Unfortunately, even with that stunning album artwork, the album is not yet available on vinyl. For those who prefer streaming, Graveyard Shift is also available on Spotify and Apple Music.