The biggest thing that used to be great about In
This Moment was its mix of aggression and melody. But on its fourth full-length
release, Blood, that element of its music has all but vanished.
On Blood, there’s nary a metallic edge present and I don’t think it’s even
metalcore anymore, really. Their psuedo Madonna-sampled, buzzed, synchronized,
electronic drums; beeps, squeals, stutters, samples, scratches; plodding synth
intros and horrendous techno dance beats is excruciatingly dreadful to listen
Maria Brink’s ability to go from a melodic croon to a hardcore scream is what
set her and ITM apart in the modern metal world. But there’s too much
over-enunciation with Ms. Brink’s voice, similar to the annoying pop divas
Cristina Agulera, Beyonce and Ke$ha. She still can scream and displays her
aggression like we have come to know and love, but for some reason she just
comes off sounding more like an angry Cher instead of a feisty metal chick.
A Star-Crossed Wasteland maybe hinted at a change in direction with some of its
sampled buzz sounds. But on Blood, methinks the band’s sound has derailed.
I for one just don’t mix my metal with electronica. Of course, if you’re a fan
of these kinds of elements in your metal, I can only assume that you might think
Blood isn’t that bad.