A few short days after speaking with In This Moment vocalist Maria Brink by phone, Metalholic sat down with guitarist Blake Bunzel and drummer Jeff Fabb at Mayhem Festival in Boise, July, 2010.
As the 2010 Mayhem Festival kicked off, In This Moment also released their third CD, A Star Crossed Wasteland. Vocalist Maria Brink took time to chat with Metalholic about life, love and metal.
It’s been a long and fruitful year for In This Moment. Tours with Five Finger Death Punch, and festivals like Warped and Ozzfest, have kept the band continuously on the road, in front of faithful fans and potential converts. And trust me, their conversion ratio is high. After all, what’s not to love about a band who can play it hard and heavy, with shredding guitars and face melting screams, or go old school with soaring melodies, and raucous guitar riffs?
And of course there is the impossible to ignore charm of vocalist Maria Brink, who prances about the stage like a lost Alice in Wonderland, or Bo Peep, communing with her flock of rabid fans. A three time Revolver Magazine pick among the Hottest Women in Metal, Brink is a contradiction of innocence and sexuality, with her sweet heart-shaped face, bow lips, and girlish garb contrasted by a journey of tattoos from fingers to neck and a knowing glint in her eye.
The band’s first CD, Beautiful Tragedy was a heavy, edgy, disc of dark broody, yet elegant metal. The band’s follow up album, 2008’s The Dream, saw the band expand their sense of melody, incorporating more clean vocals from Brink, and an often 80’s hook-laden metal vibe. 2009 saw the band re-issue the Ultra Violet edition of The Dream with bonus tracks, including the band’s take on Blondie’s “Call Me.” The new year will find the band heading back into the studio for their third offering, a disc, that both Howarth and Brink feel will fall somewhere in between Tragedy and Dream.
The band found themselves finishing out 2009 on their Winter To Remember, headlining tour, with a final show in Las Vegas, which is where Metalholic caught up with Maria, and guitarist Chris Howarth.
After a long year, and a long night of driving, the band was ready for one final show, and some much needed down time. To their chagrin, shortly after our interview, the Vegas show was canceled when the venue got hit with a last minute safety inspection and had no time to correct the violations.
While fellow band mates, Blake Bunzel (guitar), Jeff Fabb (drums) and Kyle Konkiel (bass), readied themselves for their final show of the year, Maria and I talked in depth about motherhood and metal, the band, tattoos, Playboy, the next CD, and relationships.