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Motionless in White | Leeds University Stylus

After postponing the tour last year, January sees New Grave giants Motionless In White head to the UK on the Beyond The Barricade tour with support from fellow gothic rockers New Years Day and UKs own Silent Screams.

Silent Screams were added to line up just before the tour, replacing original second support act Chelsea Grin. Been the opening act can prove testing, and after seeing stories of how their set was cut short in Manchester due to the amount of “moshing” they sure weren’t going to disappoint in Leeds tonight. From taking to the stage to the end of the set it’s a constant stream of pits, including a rather impressive wall of death. With a mixture of melodic vocals from fill in bass player Sam Finney of Shields due to the departure of Tom Craig last year, with help also in the form of Shields drummer Alex Rayner with Adam Mallabone unable to cover all the dates. With the heavier vocals from Joel Heywood the bands combination of metal and post hardcore elements its as clean cut as it gets, they provide enough energy to exhaust the crowd before the other bands have come on.

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New Years Day take to the stage and open their set with ‘Kill or be Killed’, Ashley Costello is a domineering front woman, with her strong vocals and strange presence, following their release of album ‘Malevolence’ they played a mixture of tracks from the newest release and older material, they are an entertaining band to watch, and deliver a strong performance, showcasing Ash’s vocal talents, When it comes to track ‘Angel Eyes’ originally performed with Chris Motionless I think may fans expected Chris to join the band onstage, instead Chris’s vocals were filled in by guitarist  Jeremy Valentyne.

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Motionless In White come on to hordes of screaming fans, most who have copied Motionless In White’s famous “Horror core” make up look, with frontman Chris Motionless’s make up resembling a creepy clown this evening.  It’s hard to hear them at first over the scream and squeals of the crowd, which are mostly teenage girls.  Chris Motionless is a charismatic front man, opening the set with ‘Death March’  the set as whole is heavily influenced by Marylin Manson, you can hear the Manson influences  more so in song ‘A-M-E-R-I-C-A’ , this is closely followed by a rather unexpected cover of ‘One Step Closer’ by Linkin Park, Chris does work the crowd and plays too the fact he is well known for been somewhat a fan girls dream.  Ash Costello joins the band on stage for song ‘Contemptress’ towards the end of the set.  Motionless In White’s performance is certainly a reflection on the different styles of the metal core scene.

 

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