Date: September 16th, 2012
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Support: Buried In Verona / With One Last Breath
Plastering the pages of Kerrang! Magazine, major tours across the UK and a second full-length on the way; it’s safe to say that 2012 has been a good year for gothic metalcore outfit, Motionless In White. Selling out pretty much the entirety of their first ever headline UK tour, we caught the guys at Manchester’s The Roadhouse, which was also sold out, turning the 300 into a sweatbox.
Travelling from the other side of the world, Buried In Verona (**) would be the image insert in the dictionary if you looked up ‘generic metalcore’. Their breakdowns are predictable, and they seem more focused on performing the same moves on stage in sync to their persistant chugging. Richie Newman seems to have a tad strained voice from show after show, and the constant feedback doesn’t really help either. Looking like they were actually enjoying themselves would’ve helped too.
With One Last Breath (***) admittedly don’t offer anything that hasn’t been done a million times before, but at least they’ve honed the craft. Spencer Costello is built like a brick shithouse and pelts out screams and roars through songs like ‘After The Suffering’ that you’d get from the likes of Sully from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. Sam Graves‘ soaring cleans keep the hooks in there too. Perhaps your next Bury Tomorrow.
When the room goes dark and the red lights beam the silohettes of Pennysylvania’s Motionless In White (***) however, the real monsters even Pixar couldn’t fathom come to play. The screams and cheers sound like nothing hear yet throughout the night. Chris Motionless is a formidable yet thankful frontman, giving out that cliche speech of how this means everything to him, but you can tell the guy is 100% sincere. The band smack out hit after hit of gothic mayhem, ‘Cobwebs’ and ‘Abigail’ sticking out as two highlights. The one thing however that restrained this performance from being fantastic and remaining as above average was the constant microphone issues, something that really watered down the potential that Motionless In White were clearly dying to burst out, most evident in set closer ‘Immaculate Misconception’, but sadly never really could.
If you were at this show and get chance to catch Motionless In White again, do it. They have far more in them than was delivered tonight.
Written by Zach Redrup
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