Can’t fight these cravings in the night…like listening to Motionless in White’s new vocals-only rendition of “Werewolf” on repeat.
Since Halloween 2022, fans of the Scranton-based band have been absolutely loving the spooky single from MIW’s sixth studio album, Scoring the End of the World. It’s insanely catchy, has a Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”-esque music video (which boasts over 5 million views), and allows concert-goers the chance to see vocalist Chris “Motionless” Cerulli break out his dance moves on stage, obviously while sporting a fierce red jacket.
If you haven’t seen it, you can check out the video below!
On Feb. 21, MIW listeners received quite the welcome surprise when the band dropped a vocals-only version of “Werewolf.” There’s an enjoyably haunting quality to it from the get-go when instead of the rhythm kicking in after the opening howl, it’s a few seconds of eerie silence. Then, for the next three-and-a-half minutes, Cerulli’s voice is on full display, unaccompanied by bandmates Ricky “Horror” Olson (guitar), Ryan Sitkowski (guitar), Justin Morrow (bass) and Vinny Mauro (drums).
It sounds clean and crisp, with this version drawing attention to certain verses that are overpowered by the music in the original. A prime example is, “Nothing lasts forever, even guilty pleasures…” Cerulli said on Twitter. “I was heartbroken when that got covered by the music. I didn’t wanna blow it up in the mix and force it though. Happy people can hear it now.”
Speaking on the track as a whole, he Tweeted, “This was the most challenging and intimidating song I’ve ever attempted to sing in the studio, but god damn am I thrilled with how it came out.”
Listen for yourself!
Cerulli’s work in the studio paid off, with fans praising his vocal talents. One described him as being “in a league of his own,” while another said, “When I think Chris’ voice can’t hit my soul anymore, this happens. Straight-up goosebumps. I could listen to his voice all day.”
This release is just another example of how Motionless in White has been absolutely crushing it over the past year. Here are some highlights:
- Throughout 2022, the guys joined Ice Nine Kills (our Silver Scream Con review) and Black Veil Brides for the Trinity of Terror Tour, which ran for an impressive three legs
- The single “Another Life,” off the fifth album Disguise, not only reached 100 million streams on Spotify, but became MIW’s very first certified gold single
- MIW celebrated the 10th anniversary of Infamous, which features unforgettable tracks like “Devil’s Night” and “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It”
- “Werewolf” reached the top 15 on the active rock radio charts and remained No. 1 on SiriusXM Octane’s Big Uns Countdown for several consecutive weeks
- For the first time, the band garnered 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify
Despite some merch claiming that “Motionless in White hasn’t been good since Creatures,” the band only seems to be gaining momentum, with no plans to slow down anytime soon. Cerulli recently hinted at soon-to-be-announced tour dates, more singles, and a vocals-only version of Scoring the End of the World in its entirety.
What are you looking forward to most? Tell us in the comments!