Motionless In White and Atreyu Concert Review

Motionless In White and Atreyu Concert Review with Cloud Cruiser
Monarch Music Hall
May 3, 2019
Peoria, Illinois

Motionless in White

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The Spring Invasion tour landed Friday in Peoria, Illinois after a long, rainy week. The best way to blow off steam at the end of a long week is to headbang and scream along to your favorite songs. Studies show that attending a live show makes you happier and healthier. I have seen Motionless in White ten times before at small venues in the area and Warped Tour and other festivals. After having seen them so many different places, I have to say I prefer a night show. Sometimes the dark makeup at a MIW show can seem garish in the light of day.  But at night, the darker makeup is perfect. The red and blue colored lights sets the right scene.

Cloud Cruiser opener band is from Chicago but grew up in Bloomington, Illinois just down the road. They opened the show with a solid set from this three piece. They are a self-described concept based Desert Rock band. I would say their sound is stoner rock along the lines of Crobot or The Sword. Click to check out more about Cloud Cruiser Band

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Atreyu is a metalcore band from Orange County, California. These guys are a band with a lot of heart and they are hard working. The band took an eleven year hiatus and returned to music with their album Long Live. They have since been working diligently and their lastest single, ‘The Time Is Now’ from their album In Our Wake has consistently stayed on SiriusXM’s Octane Big Uns Countdown. Atreyu started the evening with that hit and played old songs also. I was reminded how much I love the song “Do You Know Who You Are?” and hearing it lives just squeezes your heart with feeling. They had fun too by doing a cover of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” I like the metal version of that song. They even performed a new song called, “Nothing Will Ever Change”. Atreyu is one of those bands that are using their music for art and for good.

If you want to know what character from Game of Thrones that drummer/unclean vocalist, Brandon Saller would be, watch our old interview here Atreyu Band Interview

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Everything about Atreyu can be found on their website: Atreyu website

 

Motionless In White is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. MIW has released two new songs from their upcoming release, Disguise available everywhere June 7th. I am a veteran of seeing the band and I have seen different band members over the years.  The heart of the band is vocalist/songwriter, Chris Cerulli. That being said, you can only perform well with talented musicians to back you up and the current members showed their skills. The new songs demonstrate the reliability of the band’s message with a maturity in the delivery by shining a light on passivity with “Brand New Numb” and self-reflection with “Disguise”.

The setlist for this evening was a mix of old and new and all the songs sounded great.

  • Immaculate Misconception
  • Devil’s Night
  • Generation Lost
  • Not My Type: Dead As F*ck 2
  • Everybody Sells Cocaine
  • Abigail
  • Black Damask (The Fog)
  • Soft
  • Brand New Numb
  • Disguise
  • Voices
  • Necessary Evil
  • Reincarnate

Encore:

    • Eternally Yours

Fans brought dolls that they had made that looked like Chris and bassist Justin Morrow. Chris kept the dolls on stage for two songs then gave them back. Those fans have a priceless moment at the show.   Watch Chris sing along with one of them on  our Instagram (find link below).  Chris handed out roses during the encore of Eternally Yours and the fans in the crowd swooned over him. The fans went for the headbanging and were given an impressive show.

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Find where to see them on their website: Motionless in White

 

                                

Nocturnal Underground Tour Review featuring Korn and Breaking Benjamin

Nocturnal Underground Tour Review featuring Korn and Breaking Benjamin
Peoria, Illinois

All Time Low's Rian Dawson

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Two huge bands teamed up to bring rock and metal to the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. Korn has been around since 1993 and they are still going strong with their latest album set for release on October 21st. The album is named Serenity of Suffering. You cna pre-order exclusive album bundles here. Breaking Benjamin has been around since 1999. Breaking Benjamin has had a comeback with their latest album Dark Before Dawn that reached number one on the charts in 2015. They were joined by relative newcomers, Motionless In White, and Silver Snakes. Motionless in White have their own hits including A-M-E-R-I-C-A and the video was directed by Clown of Slipknot.

The weather was still warm for a Wednesday in late September in central Illinois. Silver Snakes opened the show and while they are a solid rock band, nothing really stood out during their set. While Motionless In White has their own fan-base mainly consisting of the younger crowd that has been cultivated from years on Warped Tour. Their set was sparse with a big backdrop with Motionless In White appeared to be written in blood red. Ghost’s mike stand props consisted of a Holy Bible and rosary beads. Their drum kit featured an orange jack o’lantern that is also featured on their merch. Their fans came dressed appropriately with the right makeup and sang along to all their songs including their newest track, “570”.

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Breaking Benjamin took the stage next and their stage set consists of a catwalk above and behind the drum kit. New features to their set are several CO2 smoke cannons. This feature adds more depth to the performance without the danger of pyro cannons. Ben Burnley and the guys have been on tour since 2015 all over the country and I have seen them five times to this date. At times, their sound is plagued by issues where levels of vocals drown out some of the other instruments. Unfortunately, this was one of those nights. Sound was not stellar for their performance. Now I know we love the Breaking Benjamin classic songs and Ben’s voice really makes the band what it is. That is how he was able to start over with new band members and still be successful as Breaking Benjamin. The songs that Keith Wallen and Aaron Bruch were singing were fine but did not feel like Breaking Benjamin songs. Otherwise, the band performed their hits along with a medley that they have done previously consisting of “The Imperial March”, “Schism”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and “Walk” was not surprising. Again for fans of Breaking Benjamin, they have seen them multiple times and are looking for new Breaking Benjamin songs that consists of Ben on vocals.

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Korn closed out the show. They always have an amazing live show and tonight was no exception. Their stage was covered while it was being set up and you though it consisted of a boring backdrop with Korn in red letters on gray background but later that dropped to reveal their newest artwork for their album Serenity of Suffering. There is a child with eerie blue eyes going to a carnival filled with creatures. The child has a zombie teddy bear from their Issues album cover with exposed innards where there is some freaky fat guy inside. The artwork was done by renowned artist, Ron English. There were also led light boxes with various abstract lights during the show.

Korn started their set with “Right Now”, “Here To Stay” and “Rotting In Vain”. Their single “Rotting In Vain” has an infectious quality since it was introduced at Chicago Open Air and fans knew all the words singing along. Their set consisted of songs from all time periods. They had the entire crowd chant “Fuck That” just before playing “Y’all Want A Single”. The carthartic release of that song is enough to go see Korn any day. Jonathan Davis sounded especially good with the bagpipes during “Shoots and Ladders”. Jonathon Davis mentioned that their album Life Is Peachy turned twenty years old and they performed “Twist” and “Good God” off of it. I think the true fans were looking for “A.D.I.D.A.S.” though. Regardless, they ended the night in true fashion with “Falling Away From Me” and “Freak On A Leash”.

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You can see Korn on tour. Click here for complete tour dates. Korn Tour