The Return Of The Dreads tour 2016 is one awe-inspiring night co-headlined by Rob Zombie and Korn, with special guest, In This Moment. The heavy-metal hitters unleashed a night of pure insanity on lovers of heavy metal (definitely not for the faint of heart) at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre where AXS.com caught up with the summer tour.
Commencing what has been dubbed ‘the best night of metal this summer’ was the Los Angeles-based metal band In This Moment, with their unmistakable high-octane sound. Comprised of the theatrical vocalist and co-founder, Maria Brink (earning the title of “Rock Goddess” in 2015), guitarist and co-founder Chris Howorth (a hard-core metalhead known for his dreadlocks swing), Randy Weitzel (Guitar), Travis Johnson (Bass) and Kent Diimmel (Drums) the powerhouse quintet of transfixing musicians delivered a raw, energetic 45-minute set combining heavy metal with dramatic art.
As Maria Brink took her place in the center of the stage with wind machines blowing her long blonde hair, she opened with the heavy hitting love song, “Sick Like Me”. Playing six songs from their two most recent albums, 2012’s Blood and 2014’s Black Widow, including the title track from each, her stage presence was irrefutable, ensnaring the crowd from the moment she took the stage. Brink is a beautiful, dominant metal artist who delivers a truly mesmerizing performance, with facial expressions that say it all. Whether sung, screamed or shouted, Brink’s vocals are clean and effortless. Her brand of melodic screaming is always on pitch, emanating from a deep and personal place. To quote Brink, “When I was younger, I always knew that I was going to be involved in some kind of a heavy expression of music, it was just the life that I had led and all that had built up inside of me. I needed a release. No matter who you are, everyone gets so scared or so mad or so frustrated that sometimes you just want to scream! That’s why I was drawn to the heavier side of music, it made me feel like I could release something.”
After each song, Brink and her two faceless “blood girls” disappeared to change into new seductive costumes that correlated perfectly with the music, bringing everything to life on the enormous stage. To a backdrop of raw and intense instrumentation, colored lighting and theatrical smoke, skeleton masked crews hurriedly assembled conceptual props between songs for a perfectly choreographed production. Their work demonstrated the amount of planning and timing that went into the visually stunning performance which left the crowd marveling at its creative mastery.
Also included in the short, but powerful set, were the hits “Sex Metal Barbie,” “Burn” and “Whore,” and then the emotionally charged performance ended with the title track “Blood.” If one had to pick a word to describe In This Moment’s live performance, it would be "unforgettable" — always leaving a serious impact on everyone in attendance.
In This Moment signed to Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, in 2014. In This Moment plans on returning to the studio with producer Kevin Churko after this tour to record its sixth studio album, hopefully having something out before the end of the year or the beginning of 2017.
Touring is very much at the forefront right now and the next leg of tour dates kicks off in January 2017 in Europe and the U.K. Dates can be found here.
Return Of The Dreads tour 2016 is definitely the "can’t miss" summer tour. Check out the remaining dates below.
Aug. 7 Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 9 Maryland Heights, MO at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 10 Kansas City, MO at Sandstone
Aug. 21 Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 23 West Toronto, ON at Molson Canadian Amphitheater
Aug. 24 Cuyahoga Falls, OH at Blossom Music Center
Aug. 25 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 27 Syracuse, NY at Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 28 Boston, MA at Xfinity Center
Aug. 30 Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 1 Hartford, CT at Xfinity Theatre
Sept. 2 Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion
Sept. 3 Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live