In This Moment
The Dream


3.5
great

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
September 25th, 2008 | 67 replies | 46,279 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid follow up to their major debut, which breaks with their previous metalcore sounds and establishes a more hard rock sound and feel.

With 'Beautiful Tragedy' the year 2007 turned out quite succesfull for In This Moment. Basically, it's a pretty young band, founded in 2005, though that does not have to mean a lot. Their major debut was solid and is still a fun listen. Metalcore with female vocals is not really a brand spanking new invention, but it's still a bit unusual. A pleasing singing voice with quite powerful shouts, combined with typical metalcore-rythms and arrangements, that was In This Moment anno 2007. With 'The Dream' the band presents their follow up album, which fans and critics alike are looking forward to and wonder how it actually turns out.

More or less the album follows an Alice in Wonderland scheme. The intro 'The Rabbit Hole', the artwork overall but especially the promotion pictures with singer Maria Brink suggest that. The songs and lyrics relate to everyday situation and topics like life on tour, love and the like. Not really different to the precessor. But, what the listener will notice on the first spin through: the way the lyrics are presented has changed a lot. Shouts and screams are almost completely gone, apart from two songs all vocals are clean. From all the songs, 'The Great Divide' resembles the style of the former album the most, and also the small breakdown-ish part in 'Her Kiss' hints toward that style. The rest of the vocals are 100% clean though. This is not really a bad thing, as the voice of Maria Brink is not bad. Some fans will miss the combination of clean female vocals and shouts, which was obviously for many the interesting part about the band. If all this is change for the better will be up to personal taste.

The vocals are not the only thing that changed, as the general sound of the band has moved away form metalcore, breakdowns and similar song elements. The guitarists Chris Howorth and Blake Bunzel have found the old treats of metal and rock, and construct a sound that reminds of hard rock and old-school heavy metal. A lot. Overall everything sounds more rock-like, every now and then paired with classic guitar solos or leads. The songs got catchier, almost with plain pop-appeal. Which the rythmsection reflects as well. We have a solid foundation here, but drummer Jeff Fabb keeps a more low profile compared to previous efforts. The same goes for bassist Jesse Landry. A very good example for the new style is the opener 'Forever', which is available for streaming on the bands MySpace page for quite a while now. Catchy riffs, almost siren-like vocals. The perfect single. Like mentioned earlier, most similar to the songs on 'The Beautiful Tragedy' is 'The Great Divide'. It showcases the combination of clean vocals, shouts, driving double-bass, heavy riffs and hymn like parts fans liked about the older songs of the band. If that will be enough to please their old fans, is yet to be seen. In the more rock-like context the ballad 'Into The Light' does not feel as misplaced as it may have before. It shows the voice Maria Brink accompanied by piano and string arrangements. This really supports her voice, a little pause, stepping on the brakes. It's actually very pleasing.

Still, it's yet to be seen how the overall work will be recieved. Some will surely say it's too mellow and rock-like. Not enough shouts and heavy passages. Others will welcome the more mellow stance, incorporating more rock and classical metal elements, which makes it overall more accessible. If you're in the former or latter group after the dreamy sounds of the title track, will be up to personal taste. It's a fact though: with 'The Dream' the band emerges from the swamp of metalcore-like bands, and presents a quite entertaining metal/hard-rock album. The more dominant clean vocals, the sometimes sophisticated guitar riffs showcase some of the bands better qualities. Overall it's not ground breaking, but solid.

If you wanna spare a listen, try these songs: 'Forever', 'Her Kiss', 'Lost At Sea'.



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ToWhatEnd
September 25th 2008



3172 Comments


Wow sounds like I would really dig this. I had mixed feelings of whether or not I should check this out but definitely will now. Great review as usual.

iamthenightmare
September 25th 2008



754 Comments


the first 2 paragraphs read really awkwardly for me.
the ideas presented are nice, but it just doesnt seem well-written.

the band's last album was decent enough, though im in no hurry to get this

iamthenightmare
September 25th 2008



754 Comments


nvm upon re-reading it i understood better. hangovers fuck my english skills

BallsToTheWall
September 25th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Going the Diecast route I see, which has been very effective. I absolutely love Forever and will check this out immediately. Very nice review.

zuzek
September 25th 2008



750 Comments


Debut didn't do much for me, mostly due to Maria's annoying vocals, but after hearing Forever, I'll probably check this out. The guitars are pretty bland but... chorus makes the song more than worthwhile.

jrowa001
September 25th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the single Forever is solid so ill be looking forward to hearing this. the review helped as well. their new direction fits her voice a lot better. i liked her screams at times, but they would start to make my ears bleed after a while

CushMG15
September 25th 2008



1802 Comments


I can't remember if I liked Forever or not, but you and I have fairly similar taste so I'll probably check this out at some point.

The review is good, as usual, but I noticed...

"More or less the album follows an Alice in Wonderland scheme. The opener 'The Rabbit Hole', the artwork overall but especially the promotion pictures with singer Maria Brink suggest that."

That seems a little awkward to me. Maybe substitute 'and' for the comma.

"A very good example for the new style is the opener 'Forever'..."

Isn't Rabbit Hole the opener?

This Message Edited On 09.25.08

marksellsuswallets
September 25th 2008



4848 Comments


Their first album was more or less enjoyable...I suppose I should check this out at some point...

beans
September 25th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im so glad someone reviewed this, cant wait to actually hear it

great reivew by the way

jingledeath
September 26th 2008



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i can't find this anywhere!

TNY
September 26th 2008



571 Comments


Are her clean vocals still ear-shatteringly terrible?

Essence
September 26th 2008



3578 Comments


Watch out, Balls has more female vox driven music! HE'S A WILD ANIMAL I TELLS YA. HE'LL KILL SOMEONE.

Damrod
Moderator
September 26th 2008



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[Quote="CrushM15"]The review is good, as usual, but I noticed...

"More or less the album follows an Alice in Wonderland scheme. The opener 'The Rabbit Hole', the artwork overall but especially the promotion pictures with singer Maria Brink suggest that."

That seems a little awkward to me. Maybe substitute 'and' for the comma.

"A very good example for the new style is the opener 'Forever'..."

Isn't Rabbit Hole the opener?
[/Quote]

You got me there, Rabbit Hole is the Intro, Forever the opener. Fix'ed!

[Quote="jingledeath"]
i can't find this anywhere![/Quote]

You won't find it leaked. Century Media issues their promo-version for reviews in MP3-format, with a watermark embedded that can be traced 100%. If someone would give it free to the P2P-world, it would be like nailing your balls to a wall with a stapler: pure stupidity.

You will have to wait until it hits the stores to buy it.

Pebster49
September 26th 2008



2991 Comments


Her vocals sound a lot better, but "Forever" sound pretty mainstream and generic minus the decent guitar solo at the end.

beans
September 26th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band is a better hard rock band than anything to do with metal.

Si1v3RfaNg
September 26th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well this sucks, I was very excited when I saw this was reviewed, because I have been searching for a leak for about a week now, and dammit their keepin it under wraps until release very well.

encmetalhead
September 29th 2008



744 Comments


Damrod, can you hook me up with Publicist(sp?) email for Century media? General email has not given me a response from anyone.

Good review, and i can't wait to find it online sometime this week to listen to it.

encmetalhead
September 29th 2008



744 Comments


how do u pos a review now? can't find it....

minimesmyidol
September 30th 2008



188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

marksellsuswallets
September 30th 2008



4848 Comments


how do u pos a review now? can't find it....

You can't pos/neg staff reviews silly...



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