"It’s January,” lead vocalist, Chris Motionless said to a sold out crowd. “It’s January out there, but inside, it is October. Inside, it’s Halloween everyday.” Coming from the band adorned in black and white paint with smoking barrels, industrial fans, and a giant lit up “MIW” feature on stage, this was a fitting statement. Motionless in White and their co-headliner, Beartooth, made their Tempe, AZ stop of their Diseased and Disguised Tour at the Marquee Theater on January 11th. This stop marked just about the half-way mark of the tour. This tour is aptly named after the 2019 album releases of Beartooth's Disease and Motionless in White's Disguise. If you’re on the back half of the tour, this is not one that you want to sleep on.
If you like going to shows that is equal parts showmanship, energy, and talent, then these are the guys to see. Personally, this show was one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a long time. Whether they were there for the soulful voice of Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo (formerly Attack! Attack!) and that driving rock sound or Motionless’ Halloween aesthetic, screeching vocals, and brutal, technical breakdowns, no one left disappointed. There was plenty of body surfing and circle pits to go around. It seemed like with every breakdown, a new circle of violent energy was born. The crowd echoing back “I’ll be banging my head until my brain rots” back to Shomo is a pretty accurate snapshot of the entirety of the night. However, between all the hard hitting breakdowns, tantalizing riffs, and those awesome, dirty, gritty, vocals, both bands spoke out about being good to everyone, and they were not shy with compliments to each other and the crowd. Motionless even ended the night by throwing roses out to the fans. Despite how aggressive the music is, it seems like every metal show is a reminder of how incredible the community around it is.