Motionless In White bring their Graveyard Shift tour to a packed out Riverside Newcastle.

It’s been almost five years since the last time Motionless In White performed in the North East of England and subsequently, the anticipation for this evening’s concert is palpable from the off. Upon arrival at the venue, a queue full of diehard fans snakes its way along Newcastle’s quayside, with each attendee hoping for a spot at the front.

Tonight’s show in Newcastle features an impressive triple bill of US-based metal talent that includes formidable sets from both Ice Nine Kills and Cane Hill early in the evening.

The sounds of alt-rock outfit The Gorillaz play Motionless In White onto the stage. The group immediately sets the tone for the night ahead with several tracks from their current album Graveyard Shift featuring in the early stages of the show. These include set opener “Rats”, “Soft” and “Necessary Evil”. The show largely centres on the band’s latest offering with the lion’s share of the record featuring in the set.

From the moment the Scranton, PA-based five-piece tread the boards of the Riverside Newcastle eager fans propel themselves towards the stage, crowd surfing ensues and circle pits open up in the centre of the room. Frontman Chris “Motionless” Cerulli shakes hands with some of the more enthusiastic fans who manage to make it to the front as they pass him by in the pit.

Motionless In White are not only very creative musically, but the same can be said for their live show which is incredibly visual throughout. This time around the group has tried to bring as much of their US tour production with them as possible.

On stage, the band are joined by their touring compatriots Gaiapatra and Kylie Devyn who make numerous appearances throughout the course of the evening. Each instance features a different wardrobe change and a multitude of props to perfectly accompany the band’s music. These include a flag parade, parasols, oversized water pistols, candy-filled jack-o’-lanterns and even at one point pyro-fuelled grinders that set sparks flying from the rear of the stage.

Despite the onus on their new album, there is still plenty of room for old favourites from the band’s debut record Creatures with both “Immaculate Misconception” and the anthemic “Abigail” featuring in the show. The latter of which also features additional vocals from Ice Nine Kills lead singer Spencer Charnas.

As the band heads into the final stages of their performance they close out their main set with a punishing rendition of “Devil’s Knight”. All night long the crowd hangs on every word of every song. Motionless In White wrap up a theatrical, metal filled evening with fan favourite “Eternally Yours”.

Tonight Motionless In White prove that they are the total package, they have the songs, the image, a loyal fan base and an incredible stage show to boot. Judging by their ambitious yet perfectly executed live show and the response the group received tonight, on their next visit to Tyneside they will be inevitably be headlining much bigger rooms.

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Event Date: 23-Jan-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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