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Exclusive Premiere: Motionless In White's 'Immaculate Misconception' [NSFW]

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One of the coolest horror-inspired bands on the metal scene today, Motionless In White made a major breakthrough with their 2010 album Creatures (read our review here), and since then they've enhanced that devastating collection of brutal melodic hardcore with a series of shocking music videos. Beginning with the pitch-black satire of "Abigail" and followed by the twisted, emotionally raw clip for the title track, the band's visual projects have brought them a fair share of controversy, as well as many more fans. Today we're proud to present the premiere of their latest video "Immaculate Misconception," which is not only one of the most brutal tracks on the album but is also guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows for its provocative content.

We're doubly excited to hear from he band's frontman Chris Motionless, who opened up to FEARnet about the concept behind the video – which was directed by Cody Snider, son of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider (who also appears in a small role). Lots to see, hear and discover below, so hit that jump and get ready for a shake-up...

Dee Snider, whose Twisted Sister anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" motivated a whole generation, says "Immaculate Misconception" is carrying on the same tradition. "The more things change, the more they stay the same," Dee commented. "Bands like Motionless In White deal with the same misjudgment and ignorance that Twisted Sister dealt with when we were first starting out... it's an amazing song of defiance, rebellion and belief in one's own self-worth."

To direct the film, Dee's son Cody collaborated closely with Chris, who already had a powerful concept in mind. "The original idea was a lot more disgusting and fucked up," Chris revealed to FEARnet, "but after discussing it with Cody, we found a way to take the main theme and fine-tune it so that nothing would be lost in translation. The main idea of mine was to parallel two time periods – of our band and all the open-minded people in the present day, and the period of Jesus' life – and show how similar they are. I wanted to highlight the hypocrisy, hold a mirror up to the self-righteous, and show them how full of shit they are."

The clip depicts a religious group shouting insults at the band – a situation which Chris said is a common occurrence, especially via the Internet. "It's a constant stream," he said. "At shows, the usual hater or religious figure will approach me... I'm more than willing to talk to them and discuss our feelings, but unfortunately nine times out of ten they won't even let me get a word in, because they aren't interested in hearing what I have to say. They only care about trying to shove what they believe down my throat." His ultimate response as an artist was to fight fire with fire: "If what happened in the video was a real-life scenario, I would do the same thing," he said. "It's about time that Motionless In White and myself become the villains we are made out to be... needless to say, it felt good."

At the same time, Chris also wanted to stress that the song's message is still positive, encouraging listeners to find their own sense of self-worth. "We don't discriminate against anyone, regardless of the way they look, their faith, sexuality, or race. Believe it or not, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jesus Christ, yet despite all these very moral and positive vibes, we are still constantly ripped apart for being who we are... which sounds really similar to what happened to the man who these people criticizing us have put all their faith in."

The director shares that philosophy: "We have no intent of being blasphemous or irreverent," Cody said. "Someone somewhere is going to be pissed off, and those people are probably the ones Chris wants to piss off... but everyone else shouldn't be offended."

In conclusion, Chris clarified that the portrayal of the protesters in the video isn't meant to represent his view of religion in general. "My band and myself are completely aware that not all Christians or followers of any religion are close-minded," he explained. "I don't want anyone watching this video to feel like they should be angry towards every person of any faith, or that we are attacking their faith directly. The song is very plainly written about the people who abuse God's name by using it to profit or cause harm to others, emotionally or physically. More importantly, it's a call to arms to any person in this world to come stand together and fight the ignorance that halts the progression of mankind."

Now that you've got the whole story, it's time to check out the world premiere of "Immaculate Misconception," which for today you can only see right here!

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