CD review IN THIS MOMENT 'Mother'

Maria Brink and In This Moment started in 2005 and 15 years later the band unveil their new longplayer, entitled ‘Mother’. In This Moment’s seventh longplayer is a next milestone in the band’s career, another expressive journey through the fields of melody, emotion, density and big sounds.

‘Mother’ is an album with a dark vibe, expressed through 12 songs, an intro and an interlude. ‘The Beginning’ is the sinister start into ‘Mother’ and leads you to ‘Fly Like an Eagle’. Interesting enough the record starts with a cover version of the Steve Miller Band classic. It’s an unusual spot on a tracklist, showing the unconventional mindset of Maria Brink and band mates. In This Moment turns the song upside down. There are moments when you can recognize the original version but the very rhythm-based arrangement of the quintet adds a totally new vibe to ‘Fly Like an Eagle’.

With ‘The Red Crusade’, an interlude, brings a bit of calmness to the plate, bridging into ‘The In-Between’. Again driven by a heavy pounding beat the song finds the sweet-spot between aggressiveness, melody and heaviness. Music should carry emotions and the song, as well as the entire album, lives-up to this expectation.

Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ is the second cover song on the album. The band gets support by Lzzy Hale and Taylor Momsen and already the braveness to cover such a classic is something to pay respect for. The risk of failure is quite high but In This Moment mitigates the risk by adding again a lot of own identity to this track. Sticking a bit closer to the original than with the Steve Miller Band cover ‘We will Rock You’ carries the Queen vibe combined with an In This Moment aggressivness.

The title track is placed right in the middle of the setlist, the centerpiece if you will. The song is a more soulful one with Brinks’ vocals being the emotional force within these four minutes. ‘Born in Flames’ is another track that’s keep a bit calmer, creating soundscapes that impress right away. Compared to these two tunes ‘Holy Man’ is a next moment of heaviness, especially in the verse. The chorus is kept a bit more melodic, but in general it’s a slow beat and a dark vibe that covers the song in shades of grey.

Aggressiveness returns with ‘Lay Me Down’ before the touching ‘Into Dust’ stands for the emotional ending of an album that has an impact. ‘Mother’ is more than just a record. It feels like taking the listener on an emotional journey with each song being a certain stop in the spectrum of human feeling. Sometimes nearly light-hearted, often dark and sometimes even peaceful, ‘Mother’ is the carrier of an emotional musical rollercoaster. Wow!

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Beginning (interlude)
  2. Fly Like an Eagle (Steve Miller Band cover)
  3. The In-Between
  4. Legacy
  5. We Will Rock You (Queen cover fet. Lzzy Hale and Taylor Momsen)
  6. Mother
  7. As Above So Below
  8. Born in Flames
  9. God is She
  10. Holy Man
  11. Hunting Grounds (feat. Joe Cotella)
  12. Lay me Down
  13. Into Dust

Label: Roadrunner Records

Gerne: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: March 27th, 2020

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