Despite the freezing weather, a swarm of excited fans jam-packed the House of Blues Jan. 15 to see hardcore bands Motionless in White and Beartooth on their co-headlining “Diseased and Disguised” tour. The majority of fans donned dark, punk clothing and huge smiles as they waited anxiously for the performance to begin.
Motionless in White took the stage first, flashing its well-known gothic face paint and clothing. Dark purple lighting and murky, slow-moving fog accentuated Motionless in White’s spooky style. Lead singer Chris “Motionless” Cerulli screamed into a microphone held up by a skeleton prop, kicking off the set with the title-track from the band’s latest album “Disguise,” released June 7, 2019.
Guitarist Ricky Olson and bassist Justin Morrow’s performance abilities showed as they flipped their hair and jumped around on stage while playing the heavy breakdown in “Undead Ahead 2: The Tale of the Midnight Ride,” off of the band’s latest album.
Motionless asked the crowd if it was well-versed in the band’s old-school music before playing “Scissorhands (The Last Snow)” — hallmarked by roaring shrieks and aggressive guitar chords the crowd went crazy for.
Fans were equally thrilled — evidenced by the giant mosh pit and amount of hands in the air — when Motionless in White played songs off of its latest album. The song “Another Life” offered Motionless the chance to show off his ability to sing clean vocals just as well as he screams. “Brand New Numb” featured an energetic rock sound that stood apart from the rest of the songs on the album. Motionless ended the band’s set by promising fans he would “see you again sometime this year.”
Beartooth pulled through and offered as exciting a performance as its precursor. Opening with the song “The Lines,” full of quick guitar riffs and passionate screams, the audience was instantly exhilarated.
Lead singer Caleb Shomo revealed his excitement to be performing in Chicago and admitted his favorite song to play in Chicago is “Bad Listener” off the band’s latest album “Disease,” first released in 2018.
Drummer Connor Denis impressed with an innovative solo experimenting with different rhythmic intensities. Shomo encouraged the audience to create mosh pits and crowd-surf throughout the show. The audience responded by going so hard that the venue floor shook.
“You Never Know” off the band’s latest album offered a more punk feel to it than the usual hardcore sound Beartooth is known for, making it especially catchy.
The band closed the night offering a hopeful message through its well-known song “In Between,” which emerged as a standout point of the show. The band was at its highest energy as Shomo screamed the lyrics “we have strength in numbers to get us through the day” and the audience responded singing and screaming at their loudest.
Motionless in White and Beartooth are available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.