Motionless in White’s Graveyard Shift

Written By: Melissa Clark

Artist: Motionless in White

Album: Graveyard Shift

Genre: American Metal

Release Date: May 5, 2017

Roadrunner Records

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Motionless In White are a five piece American metal group, formed in 2005 in Scranton, PA. Consisting of Chris “Motionless” Cerulli (Vocals), Ricky “Horror” Olson (Rhythm guitar), Devin “Ghost” Sola (Bass), Ryan Sitkowsi (Lead guitar) and Vinny Mauro (Drums). Graveyard Shift is their fourth studio released album. Released by Roadrunner Records on May 5, 2017. Previously released albums are Creatures (2010), Infamous (2012) and Reincarnate (2014). Having already created a name for themselves, this album really showcases what they have accomplished as artists. Mix that with a lineup that has seen many changes over the years and you have Graveyard Shift.

 “Rats”, the first song on the album, sets the tone with the intro. It casts a creepy vibe and reminds the listener that “Everyone has a secret.” It’s Gothic dance club feel is a great start for what continues through the album. One thing is for sure, this album never gets boring. It has an ever-changing sound, with each track different from the next.

The third track, “Necessary Evil”, features Jonathan Davis (Korn) on vocals with Chris Motionless. The chorus features a twist on the 1963 hit, “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore. This would be a great song live, one can only imagine the circle pit.

Throughout the album, a few songs have a definitive metal core sound. This really shows on track four, “Soft”. Don’t be fooled by the title, it’s anything but. It really gives their drummer a chance to show off with heavy, rapid-fire beats. Although the sound is heavy, the screams are articulated well and lyrics remain intact.

Graveyard Shift has seen three singles released to the radio. In June of 2016 “570” teased listeners with plans for a new album. In March of 2017 “LOUD (Fuck It) hit the airwaves, on stations all across the country. “Rats” was released in April of 2017 about a week before the albums full release.

An entertaining and very well planned out release. Graveyard Shift takes Motionless in White to a new level. There has been a lot of progress since the release of Creatures in 2010 and that shows what they are capable of as musicians. The mix of metal core, industrial metal and Gothic metal creates a unique sound throughout. Defined not by one track, but by the album as a whole, Motionless in White have really found what works for them.

Giving this one a 4 out of a 5. It all came together so nicely. The songs were in the perfect order to keep the energy moving the entire time. Never boring, not after listening to it a few times. Great album, overall.

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