While the band’s songs often use the formulaic Metalcore checklist — chugging riff, Pop chorus, Hardcore breakdown, movie quotes, chugging riff reprisal, rinse and repeat — there is something inherently different about Motionless’ sound.
Motionless in White takes the best parts of what made Metalcore popular in the early 2000s, but adds gothic hints and industrial elements. On the band’s 2010 major label debut, Creatures, Joshua Balz’s keyboard playing creates haunting, ominous atmospherics that perfectly complement the horror-themed lyrics Chris Cerulli howls on tracks like “Creatures,” “Com Pt. II” and “Count Choculitis.”
On songs like “Abigal” and “Puppets (The First Snow),” guitarists Ricky Olson and Devin Sola show that they aren’t your run-of-the-mill Metalcore axe-men, exhibiting their talent in riffs that don’t take over the whole song but add a depth to the music that sets Motionless apart from its peers.
Even though there is probably no saving Metalcore from the depths of cookie-coma despair, go and support Metalcore’s last hope for a creative take on a dying sound.
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