Metalcore band In This Moment ignited the House of Blues Myrtle Beach stage Saturday, topping the Half God, Half Devil tour bill. True to form, the L.A. based band enthralled with stunning theatrics that punctuated the entire show.
In This Moment immediately set the tone by launching into “Blood,” an intense and driving tune off the band’s 2012 album of the same name. Vocalist Maria Brink heightened the intensity, as she brought the crowd-favorite’s lyrics to life.
Amid billowing white smoke and crowd roars, “Sick Like Me” came soon after, with Brink performing a burlesque-like number. The frontwoman and her Blood Girls held the near-capacity crowd’s attention throughout the night, with each costume change more beguiling than the next.
Cloaked in ominous attire, makeup and masks, the band itself – Chris Howorth (lead guitar), Randy Weitzel (guitar), Travis Johnson (bass), and Kent Diimmel (drums) – completed the visual spectacle of In This Moment’s performance. Dark and provocative, with a side of metal-ly blues power, the band’s sound was substantial and tight.
While In This Moment’s sixth studio album Ritual doesn’t drop until later this month, fans were given a taste with “Oh Lord” and “Black Wedding.” In the latter, Motionless In White frontman Chris Cerulli joined Brink on-stage, sending the crowd into a near frenzy.
Meanwhile, In This Moment’s three axemen and drummer created their own uproar mid-show, with a killer cover of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Their hard and heavy instrumental weaved into “Creeping Death,” another classic ‘Tallica tune.
In addition to Motionless in White, VIMIC, and Little Miss Nasty also took the stage, before In This Moment. The Half God, Half Devil tour continues throughout the summer.