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Maria Brink (In This Moment)

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In This Moment is an American metalcore band from North Hollywood (urban agglomeration of Los Angeles), California. Formed in 2005, the group has released three albums to date, all through Century Media Records.

In August 2005, singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth met through some common friends. After becoming acquainted, and finding that there was much in common between them, they began writing songs together. Soon thereafter they enlisted the help of Los Angeles drummer Jeff Fabb and formed the band Dying Star. Unhappy with where the band was headed, they decided to take on a new musical direction. By mid-2005, the lineup included Brink, Howorth, Fabb, guitarist Blake Bunzel, and bassist Josh Newell. The band recorded demos and posted them on MySpace, where they generated an internet following. The demos included rough versions of "Ashes", "The Legacy of Odio", "Next Life", "This Moment", and "Prayers", as well as a cover of Slayer's "Postmortem". During the winter of 2005, Newell departed from the band to focus on his other project, Ketaset, as well as his audio engineering work. Producer Pascual Romero (currently in Tinhorn) was then the bassist for a time before friend of the band Jesse Landry was eventually tapped to round out the band permanently. Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, the bassist for Ozzy Osbourne became the band's manager after discovering them through MySpace.

By the end of the 2005, In This Moment had generated a fanbase through internet marketing and do-it-yourself touring. This sparked an interest from Century Media Records, and a worldwide record deal followed. The band released their debut album Beautiful Tragedy on March 20, 2007, backed by the singles "Prayers", and title track "Beautiful Tragedy". The album was produced by Eric Rachel and combined sounds of metalcore and hard rock while the lyrics drew from Brink’s personal experiences about abandonment and tragedies. The vocals on the songs alternates between Brink’s singing and screaming. The quick success of the album pushed In This Moment on a few high profile tours including The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007 with Lacuna Coil, Ozzfest in the summers of 2007 and 2008, Megadeth, and the Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne tour. The band also teamed up with Manntis for the cover of Lacuna Coil's "Heaven's a Lie", part of "Century Media Records: Covering 20 Years of Extreme" cover album. "Prayers", from the album Beautiful Tragedy, was featured on The Hills Have Eyes 2 Soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on July 17, 2007 by Bulletproof Records.

In This Moment released their second album entitled The Dream on September 30, 2008, with the lead off single "Forever". The album received mostly positive reviews and marked the band's debut on the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #73 in its first week of release. The album was produced by Kevin Churko and featured a less heavy approach, with a bigger focus on clean vocals from Brink. To support the release, the band went on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Mudvayne, Papa Roach, and Filter. They also appeared on the Give It a Name tour in the UK and were on the 2009 Warped Tour line-up, playing on the Ernie Ball Stage. They've also played at Download Festival 2009 in Donington UK. The song "Forever" has been released as a downloadable track for the Harmonix Rock Band games. The second single off "The Dream" is a cover of Blondie's "Call Me". The cover appears on the special edition of the album 'Ultraviolet' to coincide with Warped Tour, which included unreleased tracks and acoustic performances.

In the fall of 2009, Maria Brink and Chris Howorth announced that the band has begun writing for the next album which will be darker and heavier. Brink revealed the album title A Star-Crossed Wasteland on her official site in February. After being named the Hottest Chick in Metal at the Revolver Golden God awards in April 2010, Maria Brink stated in an interview that A Star-Crossed Wasteland will be released on July 13, 2010. The album's first single, "The Gun Show" was released to iTunes and premiered on their MySpace on June 1, 2010, and their Facebook a few days later. The band premiered another song, "Just Drive" on their official Facebook page on July 3, 2010. The album sold 10,500 copies, debuting at #40 which is the band's highest chart performance to date. In the summer of 2010, the band played Mayhem Festival 2010 alongside bands, Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and many more. On September 24, 2010 In This Moment officially released a video for the single, "The Promise", shot and directed by David Brodsky. On November 21, 2010, it was announced that In This Moment would play alongside Sevendust, Disturbed and Korn in the Music As A Weapon 5 tour. Some shows were canceled at the end of the first leg of the tour due to illness of Disturbed singer David Draiman. The second leg of the tour continued as scheduled. On February 13, 2011, TNA Wrestling used "The Gun Show" as the theme song for the Against All Odds Pay-per-view, and they later used it again as the new theme for their show Xplosion. In May 2011, In This Moment posted on Facebook that they are working on new material for a new album hoping for a 2012 release. It appears that this new release will be recorded without founding members Jeff Fabb and Blake Bunzel, who are both working with James Durbin as of September, 2011.

Pretty good., October 16, 2011 By Candice Davis "Mermaid" (USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) This is yet another artist that was recommended to me through Amazon and she's not half bad at all. I can clearly see there's parts where she could use some improvement, but there's not that many places, to be honest. She's doing an excellent job at what she does.

5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, August 16, 2011 By evanwishcoil - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) i love this band and this cd is excellent. the artwork is amazing and it playes perfectly. quite amazing, i was first drawn to them by seeing this cd image on amazon

4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, July 24, 2011 By Shawnikus - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) Given that this was their first album, it's still a superb one. Maria's vocals are fully developed as displayed in her following two albums, but the band still brings the In This Moment feel to another level. Amazing lyrics, amazing songs, and above all, a beautiful album.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars good sound good voice a little too much screaming, November 10, 2010 By Jay Dee "James" - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) I like her vocals, she can sound really really good, but, Just too MUCH SCREAMIMG. It's great to accent a point or a feeling with it. But I think if she would limit it to a moment or a beginning/final point of reference it would be even stronger. 4 minutes of solid screaming is just too much, especially compared to when she's actually singing which gives a sense of control, emotion and variability that is very good. This band is good but could be sooo much better 2.5 - 3ish stars.

5.0 out of 5 stars YOUR INTRO 2 METALCORE IS HERE..., November 4, 2010 By Quinn Wynette (Virginia,USA) - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) This is the first ITM album i ever bought, and now, I'm so glad i did. This album is the perfect mix of the two other In This Moment albums, but by far it's the best one!! If u don't believe me, then just listen to the 5th track on the album, "Daddy's Falling Angel". It's the hardest track on this album, plus it has very deep meaning: it was written about the sexual abuse ITM frontwaman Maria Brink endured as a child. It is a scathing account of rage & strength that any victim of any form of abuse can relate to. So if you love metal as much as I do, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!! And if you never heard metal before, buy it anyway- it's the perfect introduction to metal and all its glory.

5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!~, July 10, 2010 By Mark Bossen - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) The album is great! this is my second purchase of the album because i'm here in iraq and needed to hear it so badly. This album is not available on Zune so i purchased it with no gripes or regrets. The only complaint i have was that the CD case was broken.. no big deal i changed it out with a less worthy album and all is well. Fast shipping!

5.0 out of 5 stars ITM: Beautiful Tragedy, May 20, 2010 By C. Bach "Rockwoman" (ILSTU) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (MP3 Download) This album was the first taste of this genre I got many years ago. I only wish ITM kept making stuf like this. Hopefully their third album "The Star Crossed Wasteland" will bring back a little of this feel.

3.0 out of 5 stars Close but misses the mark, May 18, 2010 By Peter Blitz "Blitz" (PHX, AZ) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) First, I will start off by saying that I really want to like this album. Although I have not heard the singer live, she does seem to be quite talented in the studio. Plus, I like it when the girl singers seem to be just a little bit 'broken'. One of the things that I noticed after I listened to this is that I found myself humming a Killswitch Engage song. I don't have anything against that band, but there are plenty of others I like better. However, what that says to me is that I have already heard this music before from a different band. Now, I am not the Metalcore expert, so maybe there are subtle differences that I do not see. Overall though, I just could not help thinking to myself "haven't I heard this before?" I think they could do a little bit more with the singer to set themselves apart. There are flashes where she takes her vocals in unique directions, but I found myself expecting a lot more of those moments. She is very good at times, reminding me of Heather from Tapping The Vein and the singer for Lacuna Coil, which is high praise from me. One thing that drove me nuts is that she seems to hit the same note a LOT and I don't think that is a good thing. Now, don't get me wrong....I think if you are a diehard Metalcore fan and follow bands like Killswitch and Shadows Fall religiously, I think you would be well served to get this. I do like that kind of music. I respect how it brought some of that true metal sound back to the masses and saved us from more Nu Metal. However, personal tastes drive me elsewhere (namely, to the new wave of thrash that is out now - bands like Warbringer). Anyway, if you have listened to the preview clips and liked what you heard, I think you would do well to check this out. I bet the band is pretty cool live as well.

5.0 out of 5 stars second helping, August 14, 2009 By the master (australia) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) When I first bought the Dream, I played it a couple of times and the songs that stand out most are Her Kiss and The Great Divide. I love her screaming and so I have decided to buy this album and it doesn't disappoint. We get to understand her more and find a beautiful person in her and her music. This is a great debut. If you are a fan and you don't own this, go kick yourself...

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Tragedy, July 11, 2009 By Elizabeth Wonderham (Washington) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) In This Moment's Beautiful Tragedy touches me. I like how Maria Brink can sing and do the screaming. In This Moment is a must know band. I first heard their music in 2007 when this album came out. In This Moment just makes great music. If you haven't heard of them, I don't know where you have been. Beautiful Tragedy is a great CD. I can put this CD on repeat still after it has been out over 2 years now. In This Moment has a great sound to their music witch is perfect. My Favorite songs on Beautiful Tragedy are: 1. Ashes 2. Daddy's Falling Angel 3. This Moment 4. Prayers 5. Beautiful Tragedy

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful: 2.0 out of 5 stars A tired genre played out in mediocrity, June 7, 2009 By Patrick "Patsy" Malone (Grand Rapids, MI USA) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) Coming from a metal fan who has THOROUGHLY worked his way through the MetalCore genre, In This Moment's Beautiful Tragedy shows no promise as an exception. The vocals, even with her unique female screaming, are tiring and at time whiny and shaky, and the lyrics seem something out of a 7th grade poetry class. The guitars were unoriginal metalcore riffs, and each track presented a little less than the one before it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal yet Beautiful Debut from ITM, December 4, 2008 By Jeremy Brackeen "themetalbeast" (Cameron, WI United States) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) In This Moment's 2007 debut album "Beautiful Tragedy" from Century Media is an awesome, solid, hard hitting debut from this Los Angeles, California metal quintet that's brutal yet beautiful at the same time. I bought this album at Best Buy last year, and I really liked it. What I heard was a female fronted metal band that combined the beautiful melodies of Lacuna Coil (one of my favorite female fronted metal bands), and the metallic hardcore aggressions of Killswitch Engage, and ITM combine those in one promising package, I mean one minute this album will brutally pummel you to the ground, and the next minute it'll soothe your mind with it's powerful yet beautiful, melodic side. Frontwoman Maria Brink is a very energetic and beautiful lead singer whose vocals can go from harsh, larynx-shredding screams, to beautifully, angelic, clean singing vocals, while guitarists Chris Howorth and Blake Bunzel shred away with surging, sinewy riffs and some nice, fast, blazing solos especially on "Next Life" and Daddy's Falling Angel". Bassist Jesse Landry rides through the album with strong basslines, while drummer Jeff Fabb hammers fiercely behind the drums with tight, pummeling beats and wicked double bass patterns. As far as the songs go, here's a look at some of the highlights. "Prayers" is a great heavy yet melodic headbanger (and one of the best songs on here) that quickly grabs the listener by the throat with it's opening shredding riff, and the song also features some nice pounding drumwork including some catchy blast beat parts, pummeling guitars, as well as excellent screaming/singing from Maria especially in the chorus. Next, we have the title track which is a nice melodic rocker that features beautifully executed melodic vocals from Maria, while track five "Daddy's Falling Angel" is highlighted by fast, thunderous drumwork, brutal, thrash induced riffs, wicked, energetic screams, and a very tasty, fast solo along with some catchy harmony lines, as well as a pummeling breakdown. Track seven "This Moment" features some nice, uplifting acoustic parts as well as some great, catchy melodic riffing, and splendid singing from Maria. The eight track "Next Life" is my personal favorite song on here mainly because it features wicked, hammering double bass drumming, wicked throat shredding screams, mad thrashing riffs, and there's an awesome blazing solo around the 2:11 mark, which is definately one of the best guitar solos on this album. "Circles" is another one of my favorites which features fast chugging riffage, dreamy melodic lines, punishing blast beat parts, and another stunning solo around the 2:16 mark, as well as a great melodic sung chorus, and of course, we have the peaceful and dreamy album closer "When the Storm Subsides" which features peaceful acoustic guitars, and very dreamy, angelic vocals from Maria to boot. For the entire song list, please read on. Jeremy's song ratings: 1. Whispers of October (1:06) - N/A 2. Prayers (3:46) - 5/5 3. Beautiful Tragedy (4:00) - 5/5 4. Ashes (3:51) - 5/5 5. Daddy's Falling Angel (4:12) - 5/5 6. The Legacy of Odio (4:07) - 4/5 7. This Moment (3:58) - 5/5 8. Next Life (3:58) - 5/5 9. He Said Eternity (3:51) - 5/5 10. Circles (4:11) - 5/5 11. When the Storm Subsides (4:45) - 5/5 After listening to this album, I found In This Moment's "Beautiful Tragedy" to be a all around solid metal album from a very promising female fronted metal band that's both brutal and beautiful at the same time. Believe me, I know good rock/metal when I hear it, and this is definately some very good stuff. Highly Recommended!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Change From the Same Old, Same Old, November 20, 2008 By Michael J. Kuehne (Lampasas, TX United States) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) I'd never heard of them until Ozzfest a couple of years ago. They played early on one of the smaller stages. In my opinon one of the better acts, as evidenced by their move this year to the Main Stage at Ozzfest 2008. Nice mix of screaming and raw but clean vocals from Maria Brink. Music is melodic not the old droning metal that has become popular. I've seen them twice now and look forward to their next come around.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut with a Ton of Passion, October 28, 2008 By Vampiel "Vampiel" (Sandusky, OH) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) Holy Moley! Can Maria Brink scream? In this moment's debut easily puts them at the top of the metalcore scene. They are also amazing live, where I was first introduced to them in 07. This album has a ton of emotion and passion amplified by Maria's shrieks, and great guitar riffs. This is definitely a band to watch.

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Maria, September 28, 2008 By Tony Iommi - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) This album is nothing short of amazing. It is beyond words how great it is. If you want to buy it, I suggest you don't buy from Amazon, but get it from www.cmdistro.com because it comes in a package with a free shirt and a signed picture from the band.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars UberNorv, May 25, 2008 By Norvin Landrum "UberNorv" - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) There are some really good songs on this album, but they need to mix-up up their style and experiment a bit more with their sound. The songs do tend to sound a bit the same, but I have a feeling In this Moment's next album will be alot better after they have gain more experience and done a great deal of touring.

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars In This Review, April 30, 2008 By A. Estes (Maine) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) You know, a female fronted metal band is a hard thing to come across these days. Wait a minute, that's not true! They're everywhere -- from Arch Enemy to Walls Of Jericho to Lacuna Coil -- and, not to sound sexist, but it seems more and more are being signed by the minute as a means to cash in on some sort of a rising trend. So, where does In This Moment fit in and what makes them stand out from the rest? Well, you've got a singer in Maria Brink, who, even if you're ignoring the fact that she has legs longer than a Type O Negative song, can scream with the best of modern metal while still having the chops to sound a little more "classic." Also, it helps that she is backed by a band who can actually play their instruments proficiently, and top-notch production that makes it all sound great. "Beautiful Tragedy," their proper debut, is that rare metal album that will appeal to just about anyone. Do you prefer your metal to be intense and energetic? They can do that. Do you get off on absolutely, insanely sick (yes, I said "sick") melodies? They can do that even better. Whether you listen to whatever's on the radio or if you're "truer than true," you're likely to dig this band. However, the main problem with "Beautiful Tragedy" is that In This Moment seem so hellbent on covering all bases that the music ends up sounding a bit generic. Despite the tremendous talent this band has, at the end of the record, you feel like you've just a heard a more feminine version of Killswitch Engage. Granted, it's still better than ninety percent of the slop you'll hear on Headbanger's Ball, but you can't help but feel like there is a better album in them. "Beautiful Tragedy" does it's best to be an average metal record for the average listener, and in doing so, it's just an average record. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume the next record will have it's own voice and exand upon what has already been established.

4.0 out of 5 stars Promising New Band, April 6, 2008 By Alan Chadwick Radford "spookyfresh69" (Nashville, TN United States) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Beautiful Tragedy (Audio CD) I bought this cd based on the video for "Beautiful Tragedy". I really liked the song and video because it had moments of rocking hard and beauty. The rest of the album is great too. There are some really interesting moments where the noise by the band breaks into some quiet ones where the singer's voice really soars. She is a great singer. Boy, can she scream but she can actually sing. I look forward to more from this band. I think that they have a lot of promise and this debut is rock solid.