Graveyard Shift (album)

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Graveyard Shift
GraveyardShift.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Recorded2016
Genre
Length48:06
LabelRoadrunner
Producer
Motionless in White chronology
Reincarnate
(2014)
Graveyard Shift
(2017)
Disguise
(2019)
Singles from Graveyard Shift
  1. "570"
    Released: June 24, 2016
  2. "Eternally Yours"
    Released: January 27, 2017
  3. "LOUD (Fuck It)"
    Released: March 3, 2017
  4. "Rats"
    Released: April 30, 2017
  5. "Necessary Evil"
    Released: September 27, 2017
  6. "Voices"
    Released: May 23, 2018

Graveyard Shift is the fourth studio album by American metal band Motionless in White. It was released on May 5, 2017 through Roadrunner Records and is the first release on a major label since the band's departure from Fearless Records.[3] The album's track list was revealed on March 3 together with the release of the single, "LOUD (Fuck It)", which debuted on Octane with an accompanying music video.[4] It is the band's last album with keyboardist Josh Balz and bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola.

The album also features a collaboration with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis on the song "Necessary Evil".[5] On September 27, 2017, the music video for "Necessary Evil" starring Vered Blonstein,[6] Ian Adema and Cervena Fox was released. Alternative Press named the video one of the best music videos of 2017.[7] The album debuted at no. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Background and promotion[edit]

Vocalist Chris Motionless has stated that their new album will not be released through Fearless Records.[3] On June 23, 2016, the band released the lead single titled "570", from the band's forthcoming studio album, which will be released via Roadrunner Records. On October 31, Roadrunner announced the album was to be titled Graveyard Shift. The band reached out to the fans with a contest to design the new album's artwork.[8]

On January 26, 2017, the band released the second single from Graveyard Shift, titled "Eternally Yours".[9] A day later it was revealed that Graveyard Shift is set to be released on May 5, 2017. The band opened up an artwork competition to their fans allowing them to create the artwork for the upcoming album.

On March 3, 2017, the band revealed the album's official artwork created by Crystal Johnson[10][11] and tracklist, followed by the release of their third single, "LOUD (Fuck It)" and the accompanying music video.

On April 30, 2017, the band released their fourth single "Rats", few days before the initial album release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[13]
Hard Rock Reviews8.8/10[14]
Louder Sound3/5 stars[15]
Rock Sound7/10[16]
Sputnikmusic3/5 stars[17]

Graveyard Shift received an average score of 82 out of 100 based on 4 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim" on Metacritic.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rats"Chris Cerulli, Drew Fulk, Tom Hane, Ricky Olson3:55
2."Queen for Queen"Josh Strock, Stevie Aiello, Cerulli, Fulk, Hane3:22
3."Necessary Evil" (featuring Jonathan Davis)John Gluck, Wally Gold, Seymour Gottlieb, Mick Kenney, Molly Salley-Ryan, Fulk, Cerulli, Olson3:48
4."Soft"Johnny Andrews, Cerulli, Fulk, Hane, Olson3:30
5."Untouchable"Cerulli, Aiello, Fulk, Kenney3:58
6."Not My Type: Dead as Fuck 2"Cerulli, Fulk, Hane, Kenney, Olson4:22
7."The Ladder"Cerulli, Olson, Fulk, Kenney4:17
8."Voices"Joshua Landry, Andrews, Fulk, Cerulli, Strock3:44
9."LOUD (Fuck It)"Cerulli, Fulk3:42
10."570"Cerulli, Olson, Fulk4:31
11."Hourglass"Cerulli, Olson3:45
12."Eternally Yours"Cerulli, Kenney, Fulk, Olson5:12
Total length:48:06

Personnel[edit]

Credits retrieved from AllMusic.[18]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 126
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 83
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 88
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[24] 6
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 72
US Billboard 200[28] 27
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Motionless in White’s Chris Motionless talks, new label, nu-metal, death of Scranton sceneMetal Insider". Metal Insider. May 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Album Review: MOTIONLESS IN WHITE - Graveyard Shift". May 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Motionless In White won't release new album on Fearless Records". Altpress.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Motionless In White release new single". Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Motionless In White announces details for new album 'Graveyard Shift'". Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Veren Blonstein - IMDb profile".
  7. ^ "The 22 best music videos of 2017, chosen by the AP staff". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Help Create Motionless in White's next cover". Roadrunner Records. October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "Eternally Yours". January 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Creative Allies". www.facebook.com.
  11. ^ "Work". Lilium - Visual Artist.
  12. ^ a b "'Graveyard Shift' on Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Yeung, Neil. "Motionless in White Graveyard Shift". AllMusic. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Album Review: Motionless in White - Graveyard Shift". June 8, 2017.
  15. ^ de Gallier, Thea. "Motionless In White - Graveyard Shift album review". Louder Sound. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  16. ^ Sayce, Rob. "Motionless In White - 'Graveyard Shift'". Rock Sound. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Motionless in White - Graveyard Shift". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  18. ^ "Graveyard Shift album credits review". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  19. ^ "6 songs you didn't know the White Noise helped create — from Motionless In White to Cane Hill - Features - Alternative Press". Alternative Press.
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  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Motionless in White – Graveyard Shift" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  22. ^ "Motionless in White Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  23. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Motionless in White – Graveyard Shift" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  24. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  25. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Motionless in White – Graveyard Shift". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  28. ^ "Motionless in White Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  29. ^ "Motionless in White Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  30. ^ "Motionless in White Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.