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PLUS: CANE HILL, ICE NINE KILLS O2 RITZ MANCHESTER. 27.01.18 SCRANTON SPOOKY KIDS PLAY THEIR BIGGEST UK SHOWS TO DATE
■ WHEN DID Motionless In White get so good? Seriously. they’ve always had their own dark charm, but tonight they’re on fire – almost literally when their goth cheerleaders get carried away with their angle grinders and shower the band with sparks. these are certainly the biggest shows MIW have done in the UK production-wise, but tonight’s magic comes from more than just the bombast. Since they were last here their confidence and stagecraft seems to have doubled, and they’re tighter than a mortician’s finest sutures.
They’ve also put together a killer bill. Openers Ice Nine Kills deliver an over-the-top metalcore musical, with symphonic oomph and dark literary themes drawing on works from Dracula (Bloodbath & Beyond) tothe Shining (Enjoy your Slay). talking of Stephen King, there was a time when Cane Hill could have been described as Children Of The Korn. time Bomb kicks things off with a bang, and there are still moments where they lurch and rumble like it’s 1999. New album Too Far Gone has introduced some new flavours, however, and they’re all served up with a delightfully psychotic edge.
Motionless In White are another band who have evolved. In the Scranton spooks’ case, it’s a move from more or less straight-up metalcore with a slash of horror theatrics, to overdriven electro-metal beasts. Opener Rats has more than a touch of Marilyn Manson to IT, A-M-E-R-I-C-A stomps like prime Rob Zombie, and by the time they haul out a cover of Rammstein’s Du Hast, you’re in sleazy, thumping club-metal Heaven. It’s all rolled into an unstoppable wrecking ball of riffs, momentum and pure unclean fun that’s entirely their own, however.
“I love your enthusiasm, I love your volume, I love your energy,” says a clearly moved Chris Motionless at one point. Right back at you, scary fella.
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