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“The Dream” by In This Moment

Artist: In This Moment
Title: “The Dream”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 9/30/2008
Genre: Melodic Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

I remember that from the moment when I first played “Beautiful Tragedy”, the debut release by In This Moment, that I knew I was jumping on at the start of a very special ride. The funny thing was that I had not yet heard the album when I caught the band as a first up opener on the Kittie tour of a couple of years ago, but since that gig I have made sure to absorb it fully and became an ardent supporter of their live adventures whenever possible. “Beautiful Tragedy” introduced us to the Melodic Metalcore band fronted by Maria Brink and she was nothing less than a dynamo with her soaring clean vocals and hellish growls that were used back and forth on a number of the bands tunes. Songs like “Daddy’s Fallen Angel” and “Beautiful Tragedy” helped make this a winner but how would they do on their follow up to it – well, the answer is simply incredibly well. “The Dream” is the albums title and it starts off with a mysterious soundscape called “The Rabbit Hole” which when we follow it brings us to the rousing “Forever” which while really upbeat in its composition comes with some sad lyrical content about loss and leaving ones loves behind. “All For You” continues the push forward for the band and really is an outstanding track loaded with energy and drive. It has a great chorus that I think will find the audience participating easily while performed in the live sense. Skipping over to “Lost At Sea” we find the band still riffing par excellence and its here where I noticed that Brink had moved on from her growls and was instead using the amazing clean vocals that we heard on “Beautiful Tragedy”. I had felt that she should have tried this when I heard them live and am glad to see this put into play because it changes the vibe of the band from an interesting Metalcore group to an instantly accessible Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band. Such transitions often find the bands material suffering but know this about ITM, the song-writing and musicality on “The Dream” seems to be pushed up a notch or three and you can tell this as every infectious song goes by. I had trouble moving on from track to track at times since I wanted to listen to the one that just completed one more time before moving on.
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In This Moment: Live Photos @ B.B. King Blues Club (2/12/2007)

In This Moment was a brand new band to my ears and they were starting off the Metal adventure as an opener for the band Kittie. I discussed their short set on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy some of the photos that were captured in the pit while the frenzy took place.

in this moment, in this moment concert photos
In This Moment by Ken Pierce (2007)

in this moment, in this moment concert photos
In This Moment by Ken Pierce (2007)

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