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Motionless In White headlines Scranton Apocalypse Fest with Parkway Drive at Montage Mountain on Sept. 16

Motionless In White headlines Scranton Apocalypse Fest with Parkway Drive at Montage Mountain on Sept. 16
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Motionless In White will be back in their hometown of Scranton to headline the new Scranton Apocalypse Fest at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 16, presented by Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X.

The heavy metal lineup includes Parkway Drive, Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction, After the Burial, Northlane, Alpha Wolf, and Make Them Suffer.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. via A pre-sale begins Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m.-10 p.m. using the code VINYL. MIW is also offering early access to tickets here.

On Episode 147 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, frontman Chris Motionless said that The Pavilion (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton) was the venue he wanted to headline the most, and he fulfilled that longtime dream as a local musician when Motionless In White performed there last year as part of their Trinity of Terror Tour with Ice Nine Kills and Black Veil Brides.

“The apocalypse is coming this fall. We’ll see you in September/October for The Touring the End of the World Tour with our friends Knocked Loose, After the Burial, and Alpha Wolf! We are also very honored to be hosting our first-ever festival event, ‘The Scranton Apocalypse Fest,’ which will have its inaugural show in our hometown on Sept. 16th,” the band shared across their social media channels.

The festival incorporates another major tour into its lineup. Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive – Winston McCall (vocals), Luke Kilpatrick (guitar), Jeff Ling (guitar), Jia O’Connor (bass), and Ben Gordon (drums) – recently announced the Monsters of Oz Tour with fellow Aussies The Amity Affliction, Northlane, and Make Them Suffer, traveling through North America from Sept. 10 through Oct. 7. This follows Parkway Drive’s highly successful, sold-out winter 2023 run and marks their 20th anniversary as a band.

“20 years is a milestone in any career,” McCall said.

“The journey that has lead us to this moment has been insane, to say the least. We wanted to mark this time with a tour that represents who we are and where we come from. For the first time on North American soil, we are bringing the fully-formed version of the Parkway Drive live experience, and if that wasn’t enough, we’re bringing an all-Australian lineup with us. No compromise, no surrender. This is who we are – the Monsters of Oz. Come celebrate with us and burn it all away.”

As part of the anniversary celebration, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” will be available on vinyl for the first time ever on Aug. 18. This expanded version of the group’s 2004 debut EP includes the original eight tracks with the addition of bonus tracks included from their split album with I Killed the Prom Queen and compilation albums “What We’ve Built” and “True Till Death, Volume 1.”

Lauded by Forbes, Revolver, Loudwire, NME, and Kerrang, Parkway Drive’s seventh album, “Darker Still,” is out now via Epitaph Records.

Motionless In White – Chris Motionless (vocals), Ricky Olson (guitar), Ryan Sitkowski (guitar), Vinny Mauro (drums), and Justin Morrow (bass) – has harnessed the power of an unholy union between industrial metal dissonance, spellbinding gothic pop bombast, and big screen-worthy iconography to emerge as one of modern rock’s most iconoclastic and cinematic forces.

Climbing out of the shadows of the working class city of Scranton, the group has tirelessly earned the undying allegiance of a devout worldwide audience one record at a time. With over half-a-billion cumulative streams and views to date, they have notched four consecutive Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and Top Rock Albums Chart with “Reincarnate” (2014), “Graveyard Shift” (2017), “Disguise” (2019), and their latest effort, “Scoring the End of the World.” The 2022 album debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, marking MIW’s second biggest sales week ever. It is highlighted by the single “Cyberhex,” which trended in the Top 10 on YouTube, and the follow-up “Masterpiece,” which lit up streaming platforms and continues to impact active rock radio.

With guests as diverse Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose, Caleb Shomo of Beartooth, and video game composer Mick Gordon, the album finds the group’s vision magnified wider than ever before with no shortage of teeth, fire, and blood. It’s the dawn of their biggest chapter yet.

Learn more about Motionless In White and their humble beginnings in Northeastern Pennsylvania in an extensive interview with Chris Motionless in Episode 147 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Watch four members of MIW answer fan questions during their sold-out album release party for “Scoring the End of the World” last year at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre: