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Half God Half Devil Tour: Part Two

I’ve​ ​shot​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​shows​ ​this​ ​year,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​band​ ​In​ ​This​ ​Moment (Atlantic Records)​ ​is​ ​definitely​ ​on​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​my list.​ ​I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​pleasure​ ​of​ ​shooting​ ​them​ ​earlier​ ​this​ ​summer​ ​and​ ​was​ ​immediately​ ​blown​ ​away by​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​performance. They​ ​have​ ​a​ ​way​ ​of​ ​making​ ​a​ ​smaller​ ​venue​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​an​ ​arena.​ ​So when​ ​I ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​cover​ ​the​ ​bands​ on the ​Half​ ​God,​ ​Half​ ​Devil​ ​tour​ ​part​ ​two​ ​at​ ​the Playstation​ ​Theater​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City,​ ​I ​jumped​ ​right​ ​for​ ​it.

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In case you’ve been completely unaware of what’s been going on in the alt-metal world, In This Moment is LA’s favorite goth dream. With six full length records under their black-studded belts, In This Moment are seasoned performers. An ITM show isn’t your typical show. The hour and a half long set is more of a circus of misfits, with emotions blaring from every speaker and costumes galore. While this go around is in support of their latest album, Ritual, an album frontwoman Maria Brink called a demonstration “of a different side of strength in me that was a really powerful force in me that didn’t need the sexual part,” the stage show is still as eccentric as ever.

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This​ ​installment​ ​of​  ​the​ ​tour​ ​features​ ​Avatar​ (eOne Music) ​opening​ ​and​ ​direct​ ​support​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​Of​ ​Mice​ ​and Men.

I​ ​arrived​ ​to​ ​the​ ​venue​ ​nice​ ​and​ ​early​ ​and​ ​was​ ​pleasantly​ ​surprised​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​line​ ​for​ ​doors wrapped​ ​around​ ​the​ ​block​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​fans​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​15-50​ ​years​ ​old​, ​ready​ ​for​ ​a​ ​night​ ​of live​ ​music.

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The​ ​night​ ​started​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Swedish​ ​circus​ ​sideshow​ ​that​ ​is​ ​the​ ​band​ ​Avatar. ​

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Man,​ ​have​ ​these guys​ ​won​ ​me​ ​over.​ ​The​ ​band’s​ ​energy​ ​and​ ​true​ ​to​ ​nature​ ​circus​ ​performance​ ​leaves​ ​you captivated​ ​and​ ​wanting​ ​more. They​ ​came​ ​out​ ​playing​ ​hits​ ​like​ ​“Smells​ ​Like​ ​a​ ​Freak​ ​Show”​ ​and “The​ ​Eagle​ ​Has​ ​Landed.”​

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​To​ ​say​ ​they​ ​have​ ​a​ ​way​ ​of​ ​winning​ ​over​ ​an​ ​audience​ ​is​ ​an understatement; I​ ​promise​ ​these​ ​guys​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​an​ ​opening​ ​act​ ​for​ ​very​ ​long​ ​and​ ​I ​really​ ​look forward​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​what’s​ ​ahead​ ​for​ ​these​ ​guys!

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Next​ ​up​ ​was​ ​Orange​ ​County​, ​California’s​ ​own​ ​Of​ ​Mice​ ​and​ ​Men. I​ ​was​ ​really​ ​interested​ ​to​ ​see these​ ​guys​ ​after​ ​their​ ​former​ ​singer​ ​Austin​ ​Carlile​ ​had​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​band​ ​after​ ​health​ ​issue prevented​ ​him​ ​from​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​perform.​ ​The​ ​band​ ​now​ ​fronted​ ​by​ ​bassist​ ​Aaron​ ​Pauley seems​ ​as​ ​if​ ​they​ ​haven’t​ ​missed​ ​a​ ​beat,​ ​Aaron’s​ ​voice​ ​fits​ ​Austin’s​ ​lyrics​ ​flawlessly​ ​and​ ​the band’s​ ​energy​ ​is​ ​at​ ​an​ ​all​ ​time​ ​high.​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​really​ ​think​ ​of​ ​another​ ​band​ ​who​ ​has​ ​faced​ ​so​ ​much adversity​ ​and​ ​come​ ​out​ ​stronger​ ​than​ ​ever​ ​and​ ​it​ ​shows​ ​with​ ​the​ ​crowds​ ​reaction.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​get​ ​a chance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​these​ ​guys,​ ​do​ ​it!!

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Finally​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​for​ ​the​ ​main​ ​event. If​ ​you​ ​haven’t​ ​seen​ ​Maria​ ​Brink​ ​and​ ​In​ ​This​ ​Moment,​ ​you’re missing​ ​out!!!​ ​The​ ​band​ ​started​ ​behind​ ​a​ ​white​ ​curtain​ ​and​ ​when​ ​it​ ​dropped,​ ​the​ ​show​ went from ​0-60​ ​just like​ ​that.​ ​The​ ​thought​ ​and​ ​creativity​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​performance​ ​is​ ​awe​ ​inspiring,​ ​from​ ​Maria’s outfit​ ​changes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​perfectly​ ​timed​ ​lighting​ ​that​ ​creates​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​atmosphere​ ​for​ ​the​ ​music​ ​to the​ ​band​ ​breaking​ ​into​ ​a​ ​five ​minute​ ​jam​ ​session​ ​that​ ​shows​ ​every​ ​member’s​ ​talent​ ​and​ ​dedication to​ ​their​ ​craft.​ ​

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The​ ​band​ ​ripped​ ​through​ ​a​ ​one hour​ ​and​ ​20​ ​minute​ ​set​, ​filled with ​hits​ ​like “Blood,”​ ​“Adrenalize,”​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​newer​ ​songs​ ​like​ ​“Oh​ ​Lord,”​ ​“Roots,”​ ​and​ ​their​ ​cover​ ​of​ ​Phil Collins​ ​“In​ ​The​ ​Air​ ​Tonight”​ ​before​ ​closing​ ​out​ ​the​ ​show​ ​with​ ​the​ ​encore​ ​fan​ ​favorite​ ​“Whore,” where​ ​Maria​ ​addresses​ ​the​ ​crowd​ ​about​ ​bullies​ ​putting​ ​you​ ​down​ ​and​ ​that​ ​you​ ​should​ ​never​ ​let anyone​ ​stop​ ​you​ ​from​ ​pursuing​ ​your​ ​dreams. She ​then​ ​proclaimed​ ​“Tonight​ ​NYC,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​be​ ​your Whore.”

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The tour is going on until mid-November, making its way through the East coast, hustling back over to the West, and finishing up in the mid-West.

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In This Moment, as of now, will finish up 2017 in St. Paul, MN. The only 2018 promise is their set at the Kvinesdal Rock Festival in Norway, but we all know they’ll be more active as the year approaches.

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You’ve got tons of opportunities to see this one-of-a-kind show all over the US, so grab your favorite red, knee-highs and get those tix!

Check out the full gallery here!

See this tour:

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Date Venue Location
Oct 06 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI Tickets & More
Oct 07 Rock Allegiance Camden, NJ Tickets & More
Oct 08 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD Tickets & More
Oct 10 The National Richmond, VA Tickets & More
Oct 12 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Oct 13 Orpheum Theater New Orleans, LA Tickets & More
Oct 14 The Vibes Event Center Showroom San Antonio, TX Tickets & More
Oct 15 Freaker’s Ball Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Oct 18 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA Tickets & More
Oct 20 Big Red Night of the Dead Phoenix, AZ Tickets & More
Oct 21 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV Tickets & More
Oct 22 Aftershock Sacramento, CA Tickets & More
Oct 25 Riverside Municipal Auditorium Riverside, CA Tickets & More
Oct 27 Revolution Concert House Garden City, ID Tickets & More
Oct 28 Knitting Fatory Spokane, WA Tickets & More
Oct 29 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR Tickets & More
Oct 31 The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA Tickets & More
Nov 01 Toyota Ice Arena Kennewick, WA Tickets & More
Nov 02 Commodore Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More
Nov 04 MacEwan Hall Ballroom Calgary, Canada Tickets & More
Nov 05 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, Canada Tickets & More
Nov 07 Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets & More
Nov 08 The District Sioux Falls, SD Tickets & More
Nov 10 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI Tickets & More
Nov 11 Brown County Arena Green Bay, WI Tickets & More
Nov 12 Myth Live Saint Paul, MN Tickets & More
Jul 07, 2018 Kvinesdal Rock Festival Kvinesdal, Norway Tickets & More

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