In This Moment – Halloween concert review
So Cal’s In This Moment returned to the Boise, Idaho Halloween night as part of a pre-release tour in support of its forthcoming fifth studio effort, Black Widow. The record, which releases November 17, will be its first for new record label, Atlantic, and the second which reflects its shift to a more industrial-techno metal sound and evolving stage-show and image.
Joining In This Moment at the Revolution Concert House Friday night were 3 Pill Morning, Starset, and Australia’s Twelve Foot Ninja. Only the latter really stood out, with its genre splitting repertoire and heavy fusion. The night truly belonged to the headliner, In This Moment, who delivered a knock-out, sensory punch.
Fans of classic In This Moment, that being the band’s first three albums prior to its new musical direction, were left a bit disappointed as they played only one track from those previous efforts. The entire set was focused on Black Widow and Blood. For newer fans it was an early Christmas treat, with live renditions of as yet unreleased new songs.
In This Moment has become as much a theatrical production as it is a hard rock band, with vocalist Maria Brink anchored on each side of the stage by two masked female dancers. The trio of women completed numerous costume changes throughout the set, wielding fun props alongside moments of enticing sexuality. The remaining band, featuring co-founder and guitarist Chris Howorth, bassist Travis Johnson, rhythm guitarist, Randy Weitzel, and drummer Tom Hane, have become moving background actors on the stage; working props for Brink’s engaging performances. On the plus side the show is much more theatrical, but the trade-off is the band gets a bit lost in the shuffle. Howorth was notably sporting Gene Simmon’s trademark KISS make-up on half his face.
From the new Black Widow album, the band churned out the debut single “Sick Like Me” as well as the title cut, “Sex Metal Barbie”, “Big Bad Wolf”, and “Dirty Pretty”. From Blood they performed “Burn: as well as the album’s three hit singles, “Adrenalize”, “Whore” and “Blood”, the latter serving as the encore. In the middle of the set they played “Into the Light” from their sophomore album, The Dream. This was followed by a Metallica medley and guitar and drum solos.
In all, it was a visually appealing show, and fans were treated to a heavy dose of the “new” In This Moment. The crowd responded enthusiastically, and the band turned out a solid and entertaining performance. The show was visually enjoyable, but the lack of representation of the band’s fantastic early works stole a some of the night’s overall success.
All photos © 2014 by Katarzyna Cepek Photography.