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