I want to take a little while to address a subject that has been a bit of a sore spot for me over the past couple of years. So if you’ll indulge for a few minutes, I would greatly appreciate it. It’s something that I feel like is really important, and something that often gets overlooked.
In This Moment are known for having an inspirational backbone to their music. The message of the music has always been very simple. They want you to realize your own strength, your own worth, to be in control of your own destiny - and most importantly - to persevere, even through the darkest times in your life. But over the past couple of years, I fear that the importance of the message has become blurred. And here’s why.
In This Moment have always wanted to take things to the next level with their music, and this includes their aesthetic. And since the start of the Blood era, that aesthetic has become a lot more sexualized. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the sexual aspect of everything. But I feel like that’s all people care about now - that this is all that matters. They don’t take the time to peel back the layers to understand what is being said. People are forgetting the real reason why this band has so much staying power. It’s not because of the over the top stage show, the stage clothes, the dancers, or the sexy outfits - it’s because of the message that has spearheaded their music since the very beginning. Everything that comes from the band, no matter how sexy the outer layers may be, has a very signifcant and important message behind it. People focus too much on surface area and pay no attention to the beauty within.
I love the aesthetic. I really do. And I want them to continue getting bigger and better every time. But if you’re a fan of this band just because you think Maria is good looking, you should really re-evaluate your own priorities. The most important thing is and will always be the music and the message behind it.
I want everyone to go back to the very beginnings of the band and listen to a little song called ‘Surrender’. To me, that has always been what the band is about, and what the message will always be.
There’s always hope for a new day.
Life will find a way.
These are the words that echo through my heart and vibrate against the walls of my soul, reminding me that this is the reason why I love them in the first place. It’s because their music and lyrics inspire to be a better person every single day. They inspire me to be strong and to live life fearlessly. They remind me that I am in charge of my own destiny, and that this is and will always be about more than just a pretty face.
Another new/old photo from the Adrenalize promo photo sessions.
It is that time of year again, and this year, Metalholic wants to hear from the fans. Get your opinion in the mix. There are so many extraordinary women in hard rock and metal these days and we want to know who you think are the Top 25 on the current list. This is our 5th year, so we want it to be something special.
Some basic guidelines: 1) We are looking for those who are/were relevant in 2014, 2) This is not about looks, but talent, 3) If you add someone to the list include name and band name and make sure they are in the hard rock or metal genre, 4) any artist not fitting the criteria in #1 or #4 will be removed, and 5), you may vote for more than one artist, but please do not mass vote for the same artist or your extra votes will be deleted. Support your favorite but play fair!
Horns up and happy voting, metalheads and rockers! \m/
Go here to vote for Maria in Metalholic’s Top 25 Women In Metal!
One week from today on October 7th, the Black Widow album pre-order will start. Preorders will be available in both physical and digital formats. The digital preorders will be available across all digital platforms. The physical release will be available in a variety of bundles (with one bundle including a vinyl version of the album) via the Atlantic Records Webstore. Everyone who preorders will receive 4 instant downloads of tracks from the album prior to its release, including the current single, ‘Sick Like Me’. (And more than likely, we’ll get a glimpse of the cover art and track listing). Start getting your money ready, Blood Legion!
Vote for either In This Moment’s ‘Sick Like Me’ or The Pretty Reckless’ ‘Messed Up World’ in this Loudwire Cage Match.
Go vote now!
Behind the scenes of what’s to come … You see I am the Wolf!!! @officialitm @mariabrinkofficial #blackwidow #newvideo #newsingle #inthismoment #mariabrink #sicklikeme #bigbadwolf
In This Moment Discography [Insp]
*Note: This post will be updated as soon as the Black Widow art work/track listing are revealed.
Listening to In This Moment is the best solution when I’m having a bad day. “From The Ashes” and “Blood Legion” give me strength and songs like “When The Storm Subsides”, “The Legacy Of Odio” and “Star-Crossed Wasteland (unplugged version)” put me in touch with my emotions so I can cry all the sadness out.
I listen to 11:11 by In This Moment every time I go to sleep. I find it very comforting and calming, and the vocals are absolutely amazing.
In This Moment Ruined My Life ►
3 Favorite Performances
(3/3) Lost At Sea (Acoustic at EMG Pickups TV)
Behind the scenes from new video coming your way 🔪💉💄 @officialitm @mariabrinkofficial @chrishoworth_itm @travis_johnson_itm @randyweitzel @drummertomhane #inthismomet #mariabrink #bloodgirls #newsingle #blackwidow #blackwidowtour
I could listen to Scarlet by In This Moment all day. It’s pretty much perfect, I think, and I love everything about it. The lyrics, the music, Maria’s vocals, the way it starts quiet and calm and in the end there’s screams and guitars and everything. I just can’t find a single flaw about it.
So here’s another rant about what assholes people can be, but to be honest I’ve been wanting to speak up about this for a while now. WHY THE HATE?! I’m a VERY big fan of In This Moment and ‘Whore’ is the song that got me hooked on the band and explore them further, upon watching the music video for ‘Whore’ my reaction was “Wow! That chick has some serious pipes on her and the band is badass!” Yet when I scroll down into the comments I see this shit (the comment photos I posted above). How can you call yourself a ‘self respecting metal head’ or even PERSON when you say shit like this about other people?? I thought one of the BIGGEST points ALL alternative bands try to make is ‘BE YOURSELF’ and ‘DON’T JUDGE OTHERS’ yet here we are for the BILLIONTH TIME! I love Maria Brink, I think she’s insanely talented, dark, and confidant, all the things I find VERY attractive in a person. However, here are douchebags ripping on her for what? Looking provocative? SO. FUCKING. WHAT?! It amazes me how as a society we say “women should embrace themselves!” Yet when a woman goes out of the house wearing something someone finds ‘risqué’ or not to their taste, the judging begins. Shocker right? What happened to “if you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all?” I may not like MANY pop musicians (and bands for that matter) but I don’t sit at my keyboard like a fucking lifeless troll and leave hateful comments, why? Because why should I waste my time entertaining things I don’t like/agree with? If I don’t like something someone is doing I simply ignore it, especially when it’s something that doesn’t directly effect my life. If you think calling ANY woman a ‘skank’ then you’re scum, plain and fucking simple. If we, as the ‘freaks’ of society, can’t stand together then no wonder why it’s SO easy for people to judge us when we JUDGE EACH OTHER. If you can confidently call a woman, who is doing what SHE wants with HER body, a ‘skank/whore’ then what makes you ANY better than a racist, homophobe, or misogynist? Because after all each one of those rupees of people judge another person, right? It boggles my mind that if a guy walks around half naked or fucks hundreds of girls he’s “the man” or “so hot!” Yet if a woman does the same she’s negatively labeled for doing what she wanted with HER own body. So FUCK your double standards AND your judgements. I respect people until they give me a reason to no longer do so, and for a fact I can say these three ‘keyboard warriors’ or more commonly known as ‘lifeless trolls’ have lost ALL respect from me, while my respect for Maria as grown tenfold. To end this I’d like to say to the beautiful @mariabrinkofficial , you go girl, keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll be here supporting you along the way!
This is what the song ‘Whore’ is all about. She knows these people exist, and she has expressed on many occasions that she tries to stay away from the negativity, specifically because of people like this. People try endlessly to bring her down, but the thing that most people don’t realize is that, when you know who you are, there is no amount of negativity on Earth that is going to affect you or bring you down. And I can guarantee that she knows EXACTLY who she is. I think it’s hilarious because every time someone makes a comment like this, she’s proving herself to be even more right. It doesn’t matter what other people’s perceptions are of you if you’re confident in yourself and who you are. And confidence is something that Maria has in dividends.
tara_t_rust: Haha that face. Day 2 #inthismoment new album, new photos and videos yaaay. Some of the most incredible people. I love creating magic with everyone. Love all of you. So blessed to be apart of the family. #mariabrink #hair #makeup #soulsister @mariabrinkofficial @randyweitzel @jadegirlb @mrs_howorth @chrishoworth_itm
Vote for either Korn’s ‘Hater’ or In This Moment’s ‘Sick Like Me’ in this Loudwire Cage Match.
Go vote for Sick Like Me!