ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chris Cerulli always strives to make original music.
“We’re always being compared to other bands,” he says during a recent interview. “But what we ultimately want is to stand on our own two feet.”
Cerulli is the lead singer for metal act Motionless in White, which was formed in 2005 in Pennsylvania. Since then, the band has released two albums, its latest being 2012’s “Infamous.” The band consists of Joshua Balz, Ryan Sitkowski, Ricky “Horror” Olson, Devin “Ghost” Sola and Brandon “Rage” Richter.
Cerulli and crew have developed their sound by blending heavier, darker elements into melodic tracks. They’ve also gained inspiration from the likes of The Misfits, Nine Inch Nails, Bleeding Through, Cradle Of Filth and Marilyn Manson.
On the band’s current album, Cerulli says the members pushed each other while writing and in the recording studio.
“I think we did a really good job at making this record interesting in a lot of aspects,” he says. “The last thing I wanted to do was write another band’s record and call it ours. We pulled from so many different musical influences, especially with the lyrics. We put everything we had into making this record.”
While the band is becoming established in the metal scene, Cerulli credits the fans with giving it the extra push it needs to make music. He says being the point of inspiration for fans is a humbling experience.
“I only ever wanted to be in a band because music changed my life so much, and all I wanted to be able to do the same for someone else in my own way,” he says. “To see all these people that are interested in this band and see them singing the words to our songs, like I used to dream would happen while I would be in a pit, screaming along to my favorite bands, is seriously mind-blowing. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”