The captivating theatrics of In This Moment had Fargo, North Dakota spellbound Sunday night. Headlining their Half God/Half Devil tour, they brought on Motionless In White, Vimic and burlesque dance group Little Miss Nasty as support.
Nothing better suits this female fronted metal act more than a rock and roll burlesque opening number. Little Miss Nasty kicked off the show with a dance routine to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Brick in the Wall”, clad in plaid miniskirts and matching ties. The foursome performed to other popular tracks such as “Sweet Dreams” covered by Marilyn Manson and “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by the Beastie Boys, heating up the stage with their edgy and sultry moves.
Vimic, founded by former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison , followed. I had never stumbled upon the band, nor ever heard any of their music but honestly didn’t end up feeling like I had missed much. Though there was evident talent, there was a lack of stage presence, particularly in comparison to the other groups on the line up and their setlist was unfortunately generic in sound. Their overall quality was great, they just needed more chemistry amongst the members and something special to really emphasize on in order to boost their draw.
Next up was Motionless in White. Keeping it dark and brooding, the lights were dimmed with the exception of a blue or red hue setting the tone. The stage was also decorated with faux dripping candles and glowing jack-o’-lanterns, playing on the horror-esque vibe most often put off by the Pennsylvania rockers. Promoting their new album Graveyard Shift, they opened with “LOUD (Fuck It)”, an extremely catchy, boisterous track from the effort. They had no problem getting the crowd going, with every one head banging and singing along the whole time. An obvious favorite “America”, had the audience chanting the chorus at the top of their lungs. Topping it off with “Reincarnate” their set ended on just as high of a note as it began.
Finally, the lights went down and fog filled the air. One by one, In This Moment members took their places, last to enter being frontwoman Maria Brink who took center stage with two blood girls flanking her sides. As the opening rifts of the radio hit “Blood” began the concert hall erupted with hollering. In This Moment is definitely an experience, a show worth seeing once in your life no matter your genre preference. The visuals are entrancing, nearly each song having a wardrobe change and its own set of props. Mixed with smoke and lights, the choreographed performances leaves you completely lost as to where to look, like watching a magic trick. Maria is mesmerizing with her long hair blown by the fans and fabric from her costumes whirling around her. Emphasizing on the haunting theme of the band’s brand new album Ritual, the musicians wore religious robes and horned mask while interacting with the fans and killing it on their instruments.
Blending listener favorites such as “Adrenalize” and “Burn” with new material including the duet “Black Wedding”, for which they were joined on stage by Chris Cerulli of Motionless in White, the combination was perfectly aligned to keep the atmosphere 100 percent from start to finish. They finished their set with the latest to hit radio from Ritual, “Oh Lord”, and encored with “Whore”. Whether you have been to their concerts once or four times, there is always something new to see and they honestly put on one of the best shows I have seen to date.