The once up and coming band, In This Moment, are no longer just up and coming – they have arrived as a genuine musical tour de force, and nothing proves this more than seeing them live .
While other bands perform concerts, In This Moment provide their fans with a full blown stage show, complete with multiple set and costume changes. The entire performance is fully choreographed, including back-up dancers and the use of multiple props. This performance cannot be called a concert, it is a show and Maria Brinks, the band’s lead singer, is the master of ceremonies, leading the audience through a musical journey of light, sound and visual experiences.
Entering the stage though her traditional “tent” surrounded by glowing crosses, Maria Brinks opened the set with ‘Blood’. Sporting an eye patch, she explains to the audience, who she continually addresses as “Ladies and Gentlemen” in the showman manner she cultivates through the entire performance, that she hurt her eye. “It was either cancel the show or look like a pirate,” She jokes. Of course, in the manner of the true performer that she is, the show must go on.
This tour, Half God/Half Devil Tour is to support the band’s new album, Ritual, which is schedule to be released July 21, 2017. The new show is a perfect mix of a few of the new songs from this album as well as lots of their best hits, such as ‘Black Widow’, ‘Blood’ and ‘Whore’. In This Moment introduces their new song, ‘Black Wedding’- a new cover of Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’, with a mock wedding in black. Maria Brinks is joined on stage by Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, the lead singer from Motionless in White, the band who happened to open for In This Moment on this tour. The two perform a perfect duet together and the crowd fells as if they have received a special treat.
While Brinks is definitely the center around which In This Moment pivots, she is the quintessential showman and does not let the audience forget she is performing with a band. She takes the time to introduce each member of the band, calling them her brothers and it is obvious that they adore her. The band performs a cover the Phil Collins track, ‘In The Air Tonight’. Brinks, give the song new life as she dances in a sultry, yet poised manner. Belting out a haunting rendition of the classic song, it is obvious that Brinks is a born performer, whose natural stage presence allows her to appear graceful and elegant in dances that would make others appear simply provocative.
The proverbial cherry on top is the encore performance of ‘Whore’, where Brinks standing on a raised platform and wearing a dunce cap with “whore” written on it sings, while the crowd is showered in hundreds of balloons falling from above. It is clear that In This Moment’s prime objective is to provide their audience with a top notch show and on this occasion they did not disapoint.