In this Moment kicked off their U.S. ‘Black Widow Tour’ on April 18th. The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ welcomed them, along with supporting acts Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, and The Nearly Deads.
The time for In This Moment to hit the stage was soon approaching as the crowd grew anxious. A large Black Widow Drapery covered the stage. You could hear the rustling around of the band members taking their places, and conducting sound check. Fog filled the stage and as the drapery fell to the ground, there stood Maria Brink wearing a large black hat, a cape and long creepy finger nails that resembled Freddy Krueger’s razor sharp claws. You could hear the crowd yelling “Maria we love you!” Maria’s singing voice is powerful, passionate and dark. Chris Howorth and Randy Weitzel showcased their spectacular talented guitar playing while bassist Travis Johnson brought the energy from the back portion of the stage. Drummer Tom Hane’s intense drumming was fun and entertaining.
Black Widow is In This Moment’s highest charted album to date. “Sick Like Me” has become a hit among fans along with their latest single “Sex Metal Barbie.” The show in itself is something to experience, because of all it’s theatrical aspects along with their heavy metal sound. This is a band that breaks down genre barriers and not afraid to show the world who they are. Fronted by a strong female singer Maria Brink. She is proof that women can be a heavy metal singer in a male dominated industry.
Throughout the show Maria had several costume changes each one more bizarre and sexy then the other. The costumes and props gave each song a life of its own and mimicked their music videos. Last year Maria had mentioned in an interview with Loudwire how she is madly in love with the idea of visually bringing the songs to life on tour. Maria’s two dancers fuse their eerie dance moves to match the heavy metal sound and nothing looked or felt out of place. The one thing that the band encourages are the fans participation throughout the show. Maria invites everyone to “become the show”. The band really likes when their fans dress up, as they call them “Blood Legion.” If Maria spots a fan dressed up to resemble the band she will definitely recognize your effort and you will have the chance to meet the band and perhaps get a little gift.
This is a band you don’t want to miss because they deliver a dark and twisted Broadway style performance. They are the theatrical heavy metal band of our time. Watch out for In This Moment as they continue to rise to the top.