By Diane DiMemmo, written on behalf of Photopassed

August 6, 2018

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The bright, golden sunlight that poured in through the rear of the stage was the perfect backdrop for the visually stunning stage show of In This Moment. Photographers were allowed to remain in the pit to photograph the entire show, which was a unique opportunity for us to be able to share the full production with you. I use the word production because this show was a phenomenal work of art. A band with a one-of-a-kind sound – a truly unique identity – who created a musical experience that was a feast for the ears, as well as the eyes.

Singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howarth formed In This Moment in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Throughout the years there have been several changes to the band’s lineup, however the current combination of band members is a smooth, well-oiled machine. There is a chemistry between the musicians that cannot be faked. In addition to Brinks and Howarth, the band also consists of Travis Johnson (bass), Randy Weitzel (guitar), and drummer Kent Diimmel. The hardcore sound that emanated from this group was exciting, emotional, and inspiring all at the same time.

Maria Brink‘s vocal style is as unique as they come. Depending on the song, the lyrics can be presented with sensual speaking; melodic screaming; deep, rich tonalities; or light, delicate melodies. No matter what the channel though, her voice is exquisite. “Blood,” “River of Fire,” and “Adrenalize” started off their set and mesmerized the crowd from early on.

Each song is an entity in and of itself, and the band has designed striking visual representations of the lyrics and meanings. Brink went through nine costume changes throughout the night and was flanked by dancers who also had several costume changes. All band members wore masks at some point during the show, and their makeup and clothing added to the drama and effectiveness of each song. Some stage props included a pulpit, a church-like structure, colorful lighting, a black couldron with billowing red smoke, white globes, a steam gun, and a tall cone cap with the word “whore” written on it.

“Roots,” “Monster Jam,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and Phil Collins cover “In the Air Tonight” were hearty songs that pushed the show forward. If looking for a common denominator within In This Moment’s music, I would say it’s the message behind the lyrics. Often, the early years in life deal many a harsh blow. Pushing through it and using it as energy to propel you out of the darkness is a thread in their music, as can be heard in some of the lyrics in “Roots:”

I bite down a little harder

My blades a little sharper

My roots, my roots

Run deep into the hollow

Strike back a little harder

I scream a little louder

My roots, my roots

Run deep into the hollow

I'm stronger than I ever knew

I'm strong because of you

I hit back a little louder

Fuck you a little harder

My roots, my roots

Run deep into the hollow

The energy of the band and fans escalated with the unique performances of “The Infection,” Sick Like Me,” and “Oh Lord.” The emotional and show-stopping crown jewel was their rendition of “Whore.” Maria spoke to the crowd specifically about that song and its title. She explained that the title alone evokes so many emotions and is extremely powerful, and that is why she wrote a song around it. She emphasized the utmost importance in embracing who you are and not being afraid of it. No matter what negative labels or experiences we have had, they don’t have to define us. But they can motivate us to improve our situation. You can hear that struggle in some of the lyrics of “Whore:”

You probably thought I wouldn’t get this far

You thought I’d end up in the back of a car

You probably thought that I’d never escape

I’d be a rat in a cage, I’d be a slave to this place

You don’t know how hard I fought to survive

Waking up alone when I was left to die

You don’t know about this life I’ve led

All these roads I’ve walked

All these tears I’ve bled

In This Moment is a band you should run to see. And once you see them, you will do what it takes to see them again. Check out their upcoming tour dates here.

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