Album Review: Motionless In White's Graveyard Shift

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Graveyard Shift is the fourth full studio album released by Motionless In White. Motionless In White (MIW) is a MetalCore band that hails from Scranton, PA. The band has been together since 2005 and has been producing music since 2007. Currently the only remaining original member is the lead singer, Chris “Motionless” Cerulli. The current line-up of members is Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, Ricky “Horror” Olson, Devin “Ghost” Sola, Ryan Sitkowski, and the most recently added member Vinny Mauro.

Graveyard Shift is the most critically acclaimed album released by Motionless In White to date charting at number 1 on the US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums.

 From left to right: Bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola, Drummer Vinny Mauro, Guitarist Ricky "Horror" Olson, Guitarist Ryan Sitkowski, Singer Chris "Motionless" Cerulli, And Motionless In White performing at Portland, Or 2016 Warped Tour stop. Photos by the author.

From left to right: Bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola, Drummer Vinny Mauro, Guitarist Ricky "Horror" Olson, Guitarist Ryan Sitkowski, Singer Chris "Motionless" Cerulli, And Motionless In White performing at Portland, Or 2016 Warped Tour stop. Photos by the author.

“I’m not broken, so don’t fix me” is the hard hitting chorus from the fourth track, Soft, on their newest release. The hard hitting growls and screams, accompanied by heavy guitar and drums on this track are a return to their earlier sounds after a foray to the softer side on their last album.The first three tracks on the album builds out of their previous record, Reincarnate, but the fourth track hits you with an assault of heavy vocals and guitars.

When you take a closer look at the songs lyrics, you can see the year’s long struggle of people criticizing their music and trying to “fix” the band  to make them more widely liked and enjoyed. The band has always been criticized for overtly showing who their musical influences are on their albums. They are constantly being compared to Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and others, and this song is them shaking off the criticism and showing that they are happy with things just the way they are.

“Tried out the living but I don’t believe the hype, ‘Cause if she’s got a pulse then she’s not my type.” The sixth track on the album is a prime example of the love that Motionless In White has for Tim Burton and the composer Danny Elfman, who scores Tim Burton’s films. The best way to describe this song is if Danny Elfman wrote a heavy metal love song this would be it. It is so different than the music they normally make, but so familiar at the same time.

They are such a theatrical band that the song is instantly recognizable as Motionless In White, even though it has a different sound than their usual music. As fan you can see how much they enjoyed making the first half of the song on the previous record. They are having some fun on this song and it definitely shows, and they decided to complete the song on the next record. When the band officially released that they would make a second part the response was overwhelming.

“570” is the ultimate compilation of all of the music and experiences Motionless In White have experienced over the past ten years of producing music and being together as a band. They have always shown their love for their fans and this track is the biggest example of it. As a band they have been through so much and gone so many places. The verse “I’ve sweat blood from Stockholm to Scranton, Still here, still standing” exemplifies that. In the music video for this song they had fans be the center of it. This song, along with this album truly shows the love and respect Motionless In White has for their fans.

Maya Cecil