“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.

Kudos to guitarists Chris Howarth and Blake Bunzel who deliver some tasty riffs and lead breaks that work well within the context of every song. Nothing is out of order with their talents and when the solid rhythm section of drummer Jeff Fabb and Jesse Landry lock you into place you are set to adventure further into new worlds with them. “Her Kiss” has an interesting crushing groove going through it that swaps out to a superb melodic chorus. Passion is just all over this recording but perhaps the best example of this is on the bands ballad “Into The Light”. This number is guaranteed to be the one that gets absolute silence during performance and lighters of cell phone displays from everyone in the audience for Maria accompanied by only a piano pulls at every heart string a person has. If this number doesn’t find a continued amount of radio rotation I will probably look upon the medium with more disdain than I already do at present. “The Great Divide” reminds us that the guys and gal have not forgotten how to mix it up with a circle pit worthy addition but the funny thing is how this number almost seems out of place based on the context of what the other tracks are like. They have now made a change that in the end will raise a larger audience attention and that is fantastic to behold.

I also wanted to go over the insert with this book as I have always been a fan of those that really put some effort into their releases. The premise of Alice down the rabbit hole is entertained in a number of incredible photos of Maria in a fairy tale surrounding. The guys get shots of themselves also, but it is not using any of this background. The provided lyrics are also presented well and come off as if in some ancient storybook that is rich with illustrations. Nice work on this end ITM, you remind us why the physical CD can never be replaced by downloads. That being said, I will leave the discovery of the remaining treats up to you and I strongly suggest that you make this a part of your to purchase list straight away. “The Dream” has become a reality for In This Moment and for those who always believed in them – forever starts today. Fantastic work gang, I cannot wait to see this material delivered live.

Track Listing:
1. The Rabbit Hole
2. Forever
3. All for You
4. Lost At Sea
5. Mechanical Love
6. Her Kiss
7. Into The Light
8. You Always Believed
9. The Great Divide
10. Violet Skies
11. The Dream

Official Website: http://www.inthismomentofficial.com/

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