The development of In This Moment’s sound is a constantly progressing beast, having explored every subgenre of metal from classic rock, to industrial, to alternative. The band’s latest album however, encompasses each individual feel of their entire discography to date, spawning the hybrid that is ‘Mother.’
Opening track ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ is sandwiched between soft enveloping interludes, and like other songs ‘Born in Flames,’ ‘Into Dust,’ and vocalist’s Maria Brink’s tribute to her grandfather ‘Legacy,’ have a magnitude of built up tension and reflective suspense about them. The simplistic, tribal drum driven beats throughout most verses on this record slither into chorus’ of mesmerising sweet melodies, the juxtaposition reminiscent of travelling through a darkened tunnel only to emerge into the blinding angelic light.
Those fearful that a few tracks from ITM’s new material might be too slow for them, are treated to flashbacks from their rougher eras as ‘As Above, So Below’ is flecked with industrial guitars similar to ‘Black Widow,’ and ‘The In-Between’ is doused with lyrical references to ‘Sick Like Me,’ ‘Whore,’ and ‘Beautiful Tragedy.’ Featuring guitars and vocals from Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen, and Maria Brink, the classic Queen tune ‘We Will Rock You’ is given a grittier makeover from the holy trinity of heavy metal femininity.
Ded vocalist Joe Cotela also guest stars on the primal animalist track ‘Hunting Grounds,’ with lyrics from ‘Lay Me Down’ exhibiting strength from misfortune, a common lyrical theme in ITM’s music; “You can’t kill me, I’m already dead. I grew stronger, with your gun to my head.”
In This Moment are no strangers to evolution, and ‘Mother’ is a demonstration of all trials and tribulations overcome to produce an album of light and dark, co-existing in harmony. You can listen to the new album here, and get up-to-date announcements on the tour here.