I first want to give this In This Moment a round of applause for their amazing, headnodic sound. It has been far too long since I have heard a recent alternative rock band sound this great. I have never been a fan of female rockers, but Maria Brink’s might have just swayed my opinion.
Upon listening to them, I can’t help put be pulled back into my childhood when Evanescence, Hoobastank, Papa Roach and the like ruled the rock world. Their sound—vocally—is similar to that of Evanescence, while instrumentally similar to Bullet for My Valentine.
Their musical style exemplifies hard rock elements like that pulsating bass, glass shattering guitar chords, and earth shaking drums we rockers are all too familiar with. Their subtle use of vocal harmony and major key tonality; however, make them very similar to other alternative rock bands out there—and this is not good.
I consider myself to be shy of a music guru. I listen to music every minute of everyday—in the shower, while I’m studying, even when I’m sleeping! So, while I am not a musician, I am wise enough to know that you’re doing something wrong when your album sounds too mainstream.
In This Moment’s new album, Blood, could be called “mainstream rock.” Now, there is nothing wrong with being mainstream, but you want something to give your sound a little “umph!” or just make it distinguishable among all the raging guitars and screaming voices out on the airwaves.
Though, credit will be given where credit is due and this album is great! Their songs, “Blood,” “Adrenalize,” “Rise with me”, and the rest of the songs on their album is nothing to waft away. They’re powerful, loud, crude, and downright nasty! Everything a rock star aspires to be!
I highly encourage you to listen to this album, unless your face can’t handle the sound waves.
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