In This Moment has been hard at work the last several years touring up a storm. Whenever they’d pass through town, however, it always seemed like a different band. Something changed in 2012, however, with the release of Blood; a band that has always had a flare for the theatrical, In This Moment finally nailed the intersect point between the music and the imagery. With their latest release, Black Widow, In this Moment have hit their stride.
Currently on the road wrapping up their headlining Black Widow Tour, In This Moment paid a visit to San Francisco’s Fillmore. Someone who frequents a lot of metal shows would notice something right away … a distinctly different audience. This is an audience that has not only embraced the burlesque-ish theatrics and gothic style of the band, but is noticeably more gender-balanced (i.e. more ladies than your typical metal show). And as Maria Brink took the stage to The Infection, the opening track off of Black Widow, it was immediately clear that their dedication ran deep.
Between the dramatic stage production, backup dancers, costume changes and props, Brink added dimension to their songs in a way that most bands don’t attempt (akin to a Marilyn Manson show). But if you thought that In This Moment was all about Maria, you couldn’t be more wrong. The band is what kept it heavy and together, and when Maria stopped to introduce everyone, she could not have been more sincere before she stepped away to let them jam a Metallica/Slayer/Pantera medley.
With the spectacle of the show, ninety minutes went by quickly and when the band stepped off stage after Whore, you couldn’t help but look at your watch and scratch your head wondering where the last hour and thirty-five minutes had gone. Of course the show wasn’t over until Blood was figuratively drawn.
- The Infection
- Sick Like Me
- Black Widow
- Sex Metal Barbie
- Into the Light
- Metallica/Slayer/Pantera Medley
- Big Bad Wolf
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