Photos/review by Scott Brown
Niagara Falls, NY - Since their formation in 2005, In This Moment have been winning over music fans with their strong gothic metal vibes and powerful lyrics. Ever relentless in touring across the globe, In This Moment again return to Niagara Falls (NY) in support of their 5th studio album, and first with Atlantic Records, 'Black Widow.'
In This Moment, touring as a headlining act - with a tour titled after their most recent album - is trying yet another creative angle to their already broad array of stage theatrics. The promotion is known as “Become The Show.” This promotion not only seemed to promote fan participation, but it turned the concert hall into a gothic wonderland of creatures and ushers that not even Alice herself would have found her way into. Bold and daring on the part of the band, there seemed to be about 80 percent participation from the near capacity crowd. This idea seemed particularly popular amongst couples. Ladies in the crowd seemed to favor the many incarnations of the blood girls ("Blood Girls" are the onstage dancers/performers featuring stoic faces, with their duct tape pasties, white panties, and BIG 'Adenalizing' Hypodermic Syringes, and splendid choreographed moves) or adorning themselves in a replica of one of In This Moment's lead vocalist, Maria Brinks,' elaborate stage costumes. Many of the men who were accompanied by one of these lovely creatures, preferred the tuxedo suit 'look', while donning the black rabbit (half) mask as depicted by Motionless In White front man, Chris Motionless, in the fan favorite “Whore” video.
In This Moment made it a point to feature several songs from their new album 'Black Widow,' as out of the twelve-song set, six songs from the new CD were offered up for a live treatment. Among them, “Sick Like Me” and “Sex Metal Barbie” evoked the greatest crowd response. Maria, in spectacular theatre fashion, performed ‘Sex Metal Barbie” in it’s entirety from a large pink podium. The song was derived from comments made online by Brink’s critics. To her credit as a strong individual, she turned the criticisms of jealousy into a hit song. Just another example of how the band turns negativity into positive - showing that it’s not about what others think, but what you think about yourself, that really matters.
The mega tracks from the 'Blood' album made an appearance on the set as well including “Adrenalize”, “Whore”, and the breakthrough title track song “Blood”. “Blood,” the final song of the night, sent the crowd into a frenzy, with the gents lifting their “Blood Girls” onto their shoulders, as the entire floor was jumping to the rhythm of the song. Upon the closing of "Blood," Maria hand selected a few lucky fans passes to meet the band after the show. Judging from the effort that went into the detail of the costumes to “Become the Show”, I was not in the least bit surprised with the selections. Definitely something for future attendees of In This Moment to strive for if they are as passionate about this band as the band seems to be about it’s fans.
After the show, the band took time to meet with fans that waited patiently. All were appreciative of the fans reaction, and asked what they thought of the show. It was evident that they genuinely seemed to care, as the band made eye contact with the fans for the duration of their conversation(s). Some fans described the show “Like being in a heavy metal Alice in Wonderland music video”, and one other stating, “Alice Cooper finally has someone to pass the torch to.”
2015 might possibly being the time where In This Moment has reached their prime, in not only their creativity and music writing prowess, but their ability to produce a top notch theatrical stage show, for the band, and also incorporating their fans. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a band that is only getting bigger with each tour, because before you know it, you may just wake up from that dream, and it’ll be over.
Sick Like Me
Sex Metal Barbie
Big Bad Wolf
For more on In The Moment, please visit www.inthismomentofficial.com
Special thank you to Amy Laudicano for allowing RMS to cover this event.