Music Monday: In This Moment
In this Moment is for me one of the best female vocal metal bands. Maybe I should call this series: METAL Monday, but well, I'm only on a spree of 2, right?
The voice of the band is Maria Brink, may take some getting used to, but again there is no growling and not a lot of screaming. She turns the bands lyrics into powerful and energetic or melancholic tracks, backed up by hard drums and some abrupt guitar riffs. Overall some tracks are a bit more nails on the chalkboard, but a bit more easy listening and less grim than bands like the Nine Inch Nails.
Overall the music is pretty similar to Marilyn Manson and if you want to know more about the stories behind some of the tracks, here's even a track commentary for the live album that was recorded in 2014, Blood.
The themes of the songs often go into extremes and are pretty explicit (like the music videos by the way), it's kind of all about flaming desire and every dirty, but pretty (which is one of the song titles).
A good example for the style of the catchy lyrics and energetic music would be the war themed song Comanche:
I feel the pressure is building in me My stomach’s sick, it’s getting harder to breathe I hear the screaming, I feel the disease There’s blood in the air, and there is death on the breeze Will you come with me? Will you stand with me? Would you follow me? Would you believe with me? Tell me you’ll bleed with me Tell me you’ll die with me
Also lust and pleasure are recurring themes in the songs, as in Adrenalize:
I must confess, I'm addicted to this Shove your kiss straight through my chest I can't deny, I'd die without this Make me feel like a God Music, love and sex (Adrenalize me) I crave excess, Turning wine into sweat dripping down my neck I can't deny, I'd die without this Make me feel like a God Adrenaline and sex
One other really cool song, that actually combats and opposes slut shaming pretty well is Whore, which has a fantatsic and noir style music video. If you now want to ask how I can find this feministic, just accept that women can look and dress how they like and that they are not doing it for a man's approval.
I can be your whore I am the dirt you created I am your sinner And your whore But let me tell you something baby You love me for everything you hate me for I’m the one that you need and fear Now that you’re hooked, it’s all becoming clear That all your judgments that you placed on me Was a reflection of discovery So maybe next time when you cast your stones From the shadows of the dark unknown You will crawl up from your hiding place Take a look in the mirror See the truth in your face
All in all, this is probably one of the bands I want to see live in my life and they make amazing music for my commute or writing code. If you have an auditive hour of your life, check out the album Blood and let me know what you think. Hope they'll visit the EU at some point so I can hear Maria Brinks goosebump inducing voice live ;)
Do you have any bands you'd want to recommend by the way? Let me know on twitter or in the comments!