In This Moment
Blood


2.5
average

Review

by Seth Barry-Hinton USER (18 Reviews)
August 15th, 2012 | 51 replies | 12,420 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A somewhat bland album that's still a good headbanger.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In This Moment is an interesting metal band. They do what so few bands seem to be able to do - adapt with each album so that they're not making the same damn thing over and over again, but not make it such a drastic departure that every fan stops trying to keep up with what they're doing. On their debut Beautiful Tragedy, they were essentially the usual metalcore band, only standing out because of the talent of the members and Maria Brink's distinctive voice. The Dream took them in a completely singing-oriented direction (letting Brink flaunt her abilities) and incorporating a poppier style in, but still retaining a hard edge. A full 360 later, A Star-Crossed Wasteland took them to their heaviest sound yet, with lots of well-done screaming and great instrumental work. And now we're here.

So going by that description, you can infer that In This Moment are probably going to try something new with this album as well. Unsurprisingly, they're going down the path that many rock/metal bands seem to be (judging by a wide array of new releases) and incorporating some form of electronics. Luckily, no signs of wub-wub, and it's telling that the iTunes bonus track is a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer". It's not an exact comparison, but some similarities can be drawn, since Blood's electronics tend to lean towards the industrial stylings of Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson, or Black Light Burns. It creates a new, enjoyable sound, and it helps the instruments are as tight as they were on the previous album. The riffs and solos aren't groundbreaking, but they're heavy, somewhat catchy, and should meet the standards of most metalheads. The drums are the same way - but unfortunately, there's very little bass that can be heard on the album, as is the case with more than a few metal bands. Generally, their musical path on Blood is interesting and catches the attention. "Adrenalize" is a good example of how heavy yet catchy they can go, and "Scarlet" might be one of my favorites, due to its repetitively addictive acoustic intro, plus some great cleans from Maria that lead into a burst of fury...before dulling back into quiet once more.

Moving onto the lyrics and vocals - Maria Brink has a very good, distinct voice, one that can switch from harshs to cleans at a moment's notice, and both sound appealing. Her cleans tend to be tinged with melancholy, which can make them repetitive, but they're so well done that it's hard to dislike them. So the vocals are still up to snuff, that's awesome. Unfortunately, it seems as if Brink has decided to embrace her status as a sex symbol full on instead of trying to fight it. Good for her, but it results in almost all of the songs on Blood sounding like they're about sex. The titular track is the worst offender (and might be the worst song on the album musically, too), with bland and repetitive lyrics that seem to be masochistic in nature. Which is great if she's trying to represent that (or if it's being satirical regarding how women might take after men that look down upon or loath them), but it loses legitimacy when the very next song completely spins this attitude around from submissive to dominating. The lyrics just lose their power when they're all about basically the same topic, but they gain some from being somewhat...uncomfortable, if, say, you're not into BDSM or misogyny. Again, the title track is the one most at fault for this, as it's so ambiguous as to what Brink is trying to say due to the set of other songs about either being on equal level or being above her partner. Lyrically, the album is almost cock-rock, but from the female perspective (excluding the title track, which sticks out like a sore thumb and was a poor choice to represent the album as a whole). Hopefully, Brink will diversify in lyrical topics the next time around

Overall, In This Moment's new album should appeal to their fanbase - it's got some stylistic changes, but the core sound is still there, and Maria Brink's vocals are as sharp as ever. The major downfall is the lead single/title track and the lyrical limitations, but most metal fans should be able to look past that and enjoy it for what it is - an actually creative metalcore album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JazzHands333
August 15th 2012



312 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Uhhhhhhhhhhhh It's 1 in the morning and I'm tire, so sorry if this review makes no goddamn sense.

Cipieron
August 15th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, i liked it.

forgot this album came out today, gonna have to go get it tomorrow.. i enjoy this band, even though they don't seem to be too highly thought of on here

MegaJake1024
August 15th 2012



694 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Perfect review, essentially my exact sentiments on the album. Really good sound but the lyrics really pissed me off.

Vakarian12
August 15th 2012



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

decent review, pos'd.

I hate this album so much. Really dumbed down sound and god-awful lyrics.

jrowa001
August 15th 2012



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is their best since their debut

SatelliteYears
August 15th 2012



190 Comments


Solid album, between a 3-3.5 for me. Still liked their previous albums more though.

peartnoy
August 20th 2012



1153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is their worst album. Vocals and lyrics in particular are god awful. Seriously, why does she feel the need to overdo every single vocal line!

kinslayerSOA
August 23rd 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely their worst album to date. Not dreadful by any stretch, just distinctly average.

Lyrics poor, vocals average, but some good instrumentation - the whole album is up and down. I enjoy 'Blood', 'You're Gonna Listen' and 'Adrenalize' especially, but these are highlights in a pretty mediocre album, and said highlights don't stand up to the highlights of their previous albums.

Evreaia
August 23rd 2012



3953 Comments


garbage

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Scoot
August 23rd 2012



17681 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

fuck that title track is so awful

Digging: Unjust - Glow

TheSpirit
August 23rd 2012



17169 Comments


I liked all three of their previous albums but this doesn't really sound too promising at all

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

peartnoy
August 24th 2012



1153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the only one I like is adrenalize


Cipieron
August 25th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is definitely their worst album, but it's still decent.. Adrenalize seems to be my fav as well

peartnoy
August 27th 2012



1153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree it's their worst. The only one I really like from them is The Dream anyway.

jrowa001
August 29th 2012



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the lyrics arent great but the musicianship is ten times better than their last two albums

JohnFire
September 6th 2012



190 Comments


"... they were essentially the usual metalcore band, only standing out because of the talent of the members and Maria Brink's distinctive voice."

let me correct that

"... they were essentially the usual metalcore band, only standing out because of Maria Brink and her tits."

;)

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2012



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The frustrating inconsistency of LA metal quintet In This Moment continues on their 4th LP 'Blood'. Despite the injection of 2 new band members, this album is not entirely dissimilar to predecessor 'A Star-Crossed Wasteland' (right down to its back-loading), but has more of an industrial leaning sound to it. Unfortunately, In This Moment continue to attempt to please everyone, resulting in yet another release which feels like it was haphazardly pieced together. Maria Brink's vocals sound fantastic on one song & downright awful on the next, while there has been no upgrade to the attention-seeking lyrics. Recommended Tracks: From the Ashes, Adrenalize & 11:11.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2012



13489 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album is putrid.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2012



13489 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's terrible what are you smoking?

KjSwantko
November 11th 2012



9054 Comments


Amazing and clever song titles here



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