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In This Moment: The Dream (Ultra Violet Edition)


Once in awhile an album comes along that not only captivates, it grabs you with such conviction that when it is over there is a void where the music was playing. I am not talking about silence, but the space in yourself where some music reaches down and touches your being in such a way that not having it playing causes severe withdrawal symptoms. Such is the case with In This Moment's sophomore release The Dream.

Few albums, in recent memory, have come close to what I would call classics. This one is the exception. With flair and exuberance that is pure rock and roll; In This Moment has produced a work of art that is going to be remembered as one of the defining releases in history. It's a disc that defies categorization. Their metal roots are meshed with beautifully crafted melodies that produce a soundscape which is totally new and breathtaking.

Frontwoman Maria Brink, who's metalcore screams became the standard by which all females who enter this realm are judged by, sets aside this portion of her talent for the most part to showcase her amazing vocal abilities that soar and mesmerize you with a quality that proves she is one of the most dynamic female voices in music today. She still lets loose in this album but when she does it is more of a punctuation mark to the drama already created. This release should prove to the world that Maria is going to be a voice we will be hearing for a long time to come. The range and power that she packs into her delivery is something very special. Just listening to the beautiful Into The Light which is an absolutely stunning piano ballad, Maria's vocals are enough to bring tears as she sings about a very touching and emotional time in all our lives. If this song does not reach down into your soul and make you feel the anguish of a very troubling time, then all I can say is God help you!

She doesn't stop there. At the other end of the spectrum, you have her soaring vocals interwoven with her fantastic metalcore screams in the terrific rocker The Great Divide, a piece of work that captures both the angelic and devilish qualities of this woman. The contrasts make for a roller coaster ride that will leave no doubt as to the range of this soon to be superstar. The most diehard metal fans will be right there next to the new legions that are captured by this new and tantalizing sound.

There is much more to this band than just Maria though. Yes she is the focal point, but it takes a great band to pull off such a marvel as this piece. Maria can look around on stage and see a very talented group of musicians around her. Chris Howorth, with his long dreadlocks and superior guitar skills help to define the sound that is In This Moment. With metal on his mind and melody in his heart, Chris is the epitome of a rock and roll guitar slinger. Blake Bunzel on the six string and sometimes seven string, is an absolute terror! With boyish charm and exuberance he blazes his way through the potent material on this disc. Combined, this pair is the heart of In This Moment. With a musical sense that goes well beyond their years, these guys shape the sound that is one of the most original on the planet. All you have to do is hear them play on songs such as the soon to be classic Forever or the powerful All For You and you will understand what I mean. This powerhouse combo is the catalyst that makes this band tick. They continuously provide the unique blend that defines this great band.

If Chris and Blake are the heart of the band, then Jesse Landry, on bass, and Jeff Fabb, on drums, are the soul. Jesse not only has a dynamic stage presence he is pure magic with his weapon of choice. Churning out a thumping bass that keeps the head banging! He is the backbone that keeps the group upright through the many twist and turns that their music makes. Jeff is one of the hardest working drummers I have ever seen. He doesn't try to overpower, but adds the beat and perfect fills to complement their sound. I am really impressed with his playing. On songs like Her Kiss he is the subtle piece to the puzzle that makes it complete.

There is little doubt in my mind that this disc is the birth of a superstar group. They showed the potential with their debut release but that potential has been realized with this effort. Very few albums can offer the listener as much as this one. It is a mesmerizing work that is on my list as one of the best offerings this year, or any year for that matter.

You won't see this very often from me but this is a 5 star piece of work. I only wish that I could give it more!!

Track Listing:
1. The Rabbit Hole
2. Forever
3. All For You
4. Lost At Sea
5. Mechanical Love
6. Her Kiss
7. Into The Light
8. You Always Believed
9. The Great Divide
10.Violet Skies
11.The Dream

Added: October 31st 2009
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: The Band's MySpace Site
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Language: english

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In This Moment: The Dream (Ultra Violet Edition)
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-31 11:14:24
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In This Moment: The Dream (The Ultra Violet Edition)

When you take one of the best albums of last year, add a second disc with new music and the bonus of videos too, you are going to have a winner. That is exactly what In This Moment did with The Ultra Violet Edition.

Starting off with a terrific remake of the Blondie classic "Call Me", Maria and the band tear through this one giving it a bit more of an edgy feel than the original. I thought maybe that she would let loose with a few of her patented screams on this song that is tailor made for it but they play it close to the original. I have seen some video of this one done live and Maria lets loose with a scream or two and really turns this one into a true metal moment. I cannot wait to see them do it live.

Next up are two unreleased songs from The Dream sessions. First is a very cool rocker much in the vein of the hit song "Forever". "Sailing Away" not only highlights the terrific vocals of Maria Brink but there is also some dynamite guitar work by both Chris Howorth and Blake Bunzel. I don't know who to credit the nifty little solo to but it is killer.

The second song also is a melodic piece that showcases Maria's clean singing ability. "A Dying Star" could have been on the original disc easily. This one is a classic work that once again boasts some great guitar work. I hope that both of these songs become part of their live sets.

You also get instrumental versions of both "Call Me" and "Forever" on here. If any of you think you can fill the shoes of Maria, then here is your chance! If anyone can, I would really like to hear it! The other thing that these two cuts give you is the ability to see that there is much more to this band then their lead singer. They are tight and have a unique sound that is a key to their success. Don't get me wrong, that dynamo singing is as good as it gets but she has one helluva band behind her too!

The last part of this must have package is a set of videos of the band. The first is a three song set from the EMG studio. This acoustic set consist of "Lost AT Sea", "Beautiful Tragedy" and "Forever". The second set is from the MTV2 Metal Couture and is again an acoustic set. This time you get "Forever", "You Always Believed", "Lost At Sea", "Beautiful Tragedy" and "A Dying Star". It is very cool to see another take on their music and the way that Maria takes the songs in a different direction using her singing voice instead of her screaming ability. I won't say that I prefer these versions because she can send chills down your spine with her screaming ability but she proves there is more talent to this girl than many give her credit for.

Last you get the promo video for the song "Forever". This is one that should be in memory but if it isn't than this is the next best thing!

If you already own The Dream this is still a worthwhile pick-up. The bonus material is well worth the price. If you don't already own the original, than get your hands on The Ultra Violet Edition for sure.

I have met this band and sat and talked with them. This is a band that is going to be as big as they come but are some of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. I remember when they did the promo for the pre sell for this disc. If you ordered it by a specific date, it said one of them will give you a call. Sure, right, it was going to be a pre-recorded message sent out I was sure. Well, I am sitting in a restaurant in Detroit eating before going to a concert when the phone rings. "Hey, this is Chris from In This Moment." Sure enough, believe it or not they did sit down and call everyone who bought the album. This is the kind of band they are and the kind of people they are, true to themselves and true to their fans, not to mention one of the most dynamic groups on the planet.

Track listing for bonus CD

1. Call Me
2. Sailing Away
3. A Dying Star
4. Call Me Instrumental
5. Forever Instrumental

Video Bonus

1. Forever Music Video
2. Metal Couture MTV2 Performance
3. Acoustic Performance at EMG Studio

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