Few bands know how to make statements - visually - like In This Moment. Yes, it's the music that's been turning on metalcore lovers for the past decade now, but the stunning theatrics, but live and in their videos, absolutely don't hurt either. And now that Black Widow, In This Moment's fifth studio album is just about a year old, the band has been giving some thought as to what's going to come next in the months to come, and it's musings that should make every In This Moment fan very happy.
When Black Widow first hit the atmosphere, it sold roughly 36,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week only. Debuting at #8 on The Billboard 200 chart, the album also made waves around the globe peaking at #7 on the UK Rock Albums Chart, #81 on the UK Albums Chart, and #89 on the Australian Albums Chart as well. Black Widow ranked in at the highest chart entry in the band's 10 year history. And then the band began touring tirelessly, hitting cities everywhere and often, riding high on the success of the new album, and with dates already lined up in Europe for this coming January, there's going to be even more of that to come as well.
In a recent interview with iRockRadio.com, In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth and bassist Travis Johnson talked a little about what's happening next for this dynamic band. "We are right now working on our plan. We have a European tour that's already happening in January, to start everything off, and then we're looking to do some more stuff in the States. And the wheels are starting to crank on new music that's gonna be happening; we all kind of know it, we're feeling it. So I personally am predicting we're gonna be hitting the studio sometime later in 2016 to hopefully have something out before the end of the year or the beginning of 2017. So touring half the year, writing and recording latter half the year. It's kind of my loose prediction."
2015 marks the 10th anniversary for In This Moment as a band - something a little hard to fathom for both fans and the band: "It's kind of hard to believe, but it's also like you're living it, and it never ends," explained Howorth, "You always think like you're gonna get this thing to happen, and then, 'We did it. We made it. We're here at the top of the mountain. Everything's great.' You think, 'Okay, I'm gonna sign a record deal. There it is. I put out an album. There it is. I go on tour. There it is.' But there's always some other plateau, so it seems like we're just constantly working to be this giant band and make it larger than life and be something that can last us for our whole lives, our career. And that's kind of been the main focus. So it's almost like ten years…it seems fast, but then I look at pictures of us from 2007, and it's, like, 'Oh my God! Look at these guys. They're like little kids and stuff.' Even him [pointing at Johnson], I feel like he just joined the band, but he's been in the band for almost six years. And the other guys that are newer, they are like the 'new guys,' but they've been in the band for four years now — almsost two album cycles. So it's just crazy, man. Time flies."
With a list of 2016 releases already growing longer - Anthrax, Megadeth, and Death Angel,just to name a few, it's nice to also have a well-loved metal band's forthcoming release on the horizon for 2017 as well.