In This Moment Gives a Haunting Performance at Convention Hall

By Melissa Lawlor

October 29, 2019

In This Moment hit Asbury Park on October 25 with their ‘Mother’s House of Horror’ Tour, which is described as a “Traveling All Hallows’ Eve Masquerade.” Special guests sharing the stage with them were Motionless in White, New Years Day, Ded, and the rock and roll burlesque troupe, Little Miss Nasty.

It is said by many people who have long ties to Asbury Park that Convention Hall is haunted by ghosts. Even new visitors to the historic venue have experienced first-hand signs of it. So, it was fitting to have this theatrical metal band perform here just a few days before Halloween. With their elaborate stage set adorned with evil pumpkins, wrought iron gates, crosses, pentagrams, and cobwebs, it added to the atmosphere. As smoke machines filled the air with an eerie chill, the fantastic light show gave a dramatic glow to their backdrop. It was an incredible visual experience for Halloween lovers galore!

Amidst the dark and smoky set was a beautiful centerpiece to the stage, Maria Brink, who is the lead vocalist and head Mother to everyone. She gives off a powerful aura of spiritual sexiness and gothic glow. When watching In This Moment, it is easy to be transfixed on Brink and the trio of women who surround her. Adorned in masks, face paint, and flowing gowns, they perform multiple wardrobe changes that enhance the mood of each song. The band, cloaked in sinister attire, is comprised of Chris Howorth on lead guitar, Randy Weitzel on guitar, Travis Johnson on bass, and Kent Diimmel on drums.

They played hits like "Big Bad Wolf," "Blood," "River of Fire," and "Adrenalize." And also included a new song called ‘Legacy’, which is a track expected to appear on the band’s forthcoming album, MOTHER.

But it was the last song of the night that was the highlight of the show. Brink climbed to the top of an extremely tall podium that was covered in cloth and marked with giant red letters down the front of it that spelled “Whore”. Dressed in a dunce cap and holding a stick, Brink sang “Whore.” Brink created the term ‘Women Honoring One Another Rising Eternally’ to give new meaning away from the derogatory connotation of the "whore" word. It is song that gives a powerful message to young women that they can amount to anything if they put their minds to it, and take the power back from the word.

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