In This Moment

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In This Moment
In This Moment Live in Concert.jpg
Maria Brink at the Hellpop Tour in 2013
Background information
Origin Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Genres Gothic metal,[1] metalcore,[1] heavy metal,[citation needed] alternative metal,[2] nu metal[3]
Years active 2005–present
Labels Century Media, Atlantic[4]
Associated acts Motionless In White, Shinedown, Butcher Babies, Otherwise, Device, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm
Members Maria Brink
Chris Howorth
Randy Weitzel
Travis Johnson
Tom Hane
Past members Blake Bunzel
Josh Newell
Jesse Landry
Kyle Konkiel
Jeff Fabb

In This Moment is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth in 2005. They found drummer Jeff Fabb and started the band as Dying Star. Unhappy with their musical direction, they changed their name to In This Moment and gained two band members, guitarist Blake Bunzel and bassist Josh Newell. In late 2005, bassist Newell left the band and was replaced by Pascual Romero, who in turn was quickly replaced by Jesse Landry. Landry was replaced by Kyle Konkiel in 2009 and Konkiel was replaced by Travis Johnson in 2010. Jeff Fabb and Blake Bunzel left the band in 2011, and were replaced by Tom Hane and Randy Weitzel respectively.

Their debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, was released in 2007. Their second album, titled The Dream was released the following year debuting at number 73 on the Billboard 200. The band's third album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland was released in 2010, and their fourth album titled Blood was released in August 2012 and debuted at number 15. They have performed on several notable tours and festivals including Ozzfest in 2007 and 2008, Warped Tour in 2009, Download Festival in 2009 and 2013, Mayhem Festival in 2010, Music as a Weapon V tour in 2011, the Uproar Festival in 2012, the Carnival of Madness tour in 2013 and Knotfest in 2014. Their fifth album titled Black Widow was released in November 2014.


Formation and Beautiful Tragedy (2005–2008)[edit]

Main article: Beautiful Tragedy

In August 2005, singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth met through some common friends. After becoming acquainted, and finding that there was much in common between them, they began writing songs together. Soon thereafter they enlisted the help of Los Angeles drummer Jeff Fabb and formed the band Dying Star.[5] Unhappy with where the band was headed, they decided to take on a new musical direction. By mid-2005, the lineup included Brink, Howorth, Fabb, guitarist Blake Bunzel, and bassist Josh Newell. The band recorded demos and posted them on MySpace. During the winter of 2005, Newell departed from the band to focus on his other project, Ketaset, as well as his audio engineering work. Producer Pascual Romero was then the bassist for a time before friend of the band Jesse Landry was eventually tapped to round out the band permanently. Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, the bassist for Ozzy Osbourne became the band's manager after discovering them through MySpace.[6]

By the end of the 2005, In This Moment had generated a fanbase through internet marketing and do-it-yourself touring.[7] This sparked an interest from Century Media Records, and a worldwide record deal followed. The band released their debut album Beautiful Tragedy on March 20, 2007, backed by the singles "Prayers", and title track "Beautiful Tragedy". The album was produced by Eric Rachel and combined sounds of metalcore and hard rock while the lyrics drew from Brink’s personal experiences about abandonment and tragedies. The vocals on the songs alternate between Brink singing and screaming. The band performed on several tours including The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007 with Lacuna Coil, Ozzfest in the summers of 2007 and 2008, Megadeth, and the Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne tour. They recorded a cover of Lacuna Coil's "Heaven's a Lie" with the band Manntis as part of "Century Media Records's Covering 20 Years of Extreme cover album.

The Dream and A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2008–2011)[edit]

Vocalist Maria Brink performing live in 2009

In This Moment released their second album entitled The Dream on September 30, 2008. The album received mostly positive reviews and marked the band's debut on the Billboard 200, debuting at number 73. The album was produced by Kevin Churko and featured a less heavy approach, with a bigger focus on clean vocals from Brink.[8][9][10] he album has produced many live favorites such as "Forever", "You Always Believed", and "Into the Light", the latter of which is still performed at most of their shows. The song "Forever" was released as the album's lead single. To support the release, the band went on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Mudvayne, Papa Roach, and Filter. They also appeared on the Give It a Name tour in the UK and were on the 2009 Warped Tour line-up, playing on the Ernie Ball Stage. They also played at Download Festival 2009 on the second stage.[11] A cover of Blondie's "Call Me" was released as the second single from The Dream. The cover appears on the special edition, titled The Dream: Ultraviolet Edition to coincide with Warped Tour, which included unreleased tracks and acoustic performances.[12]

The band embarked on their first headlining tour titled A Winter to Remember Tour, bringing along In Fear and Faith, Agraceful, and Motionless in White as support.

In the fall of 2009, Maria Brink and Chris Howorth announced that the band has begun writing for the next album, citing it to be darker and heavier. Brink revealed the album title A Star-Crossed Wasteland on her official site in February 2010. After being named the Hottest Chick in Metal at the Revolver Golden God awards in April 2010, Maria Brink stated in an interview that A Star-Crossed Wasteland will be released on July 13, 2010. The album's first single, "The Gun Show" was released to iTunes on June 1, 2010. The album sold 10,500 copies, debuting at number 40.[13]

In the summer of 2010, the band played Mayhem Festival 2010 alongside Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and other bands.[14] On September 24, 2010 In This Moment officially released a video for the single, "The Promise", shot and directed by David Brodsky. On November 21, 2010, it was announced that In This Moment would play alongside Sevendust, Disturbed and Korn in the Music as a Weapon V tour. Some shows were canceled at the end of the first leg of the tour due to illness of Disturbed singer David Draiman. The second leg of the tour continued as scheduled.

Soon after Music as a Weapon, the band went on another headling tour titled the Hell Hath No Fury Tour, along with Straight Line Stitch, System Divide, and Sister Sin. The band was also part of the All Stars Tour along with acts such as Alesana, Blessthefall, Sleeping with Sirens, among others.

Blood and Black Widow (2011–present)[edit]

In May 2011, In This Moment posted on Facebook that they were working on new material for a new album hoping for a 2012 release. It appears that this new release will be recorded without founding members Jeff Fabb and Blake Bunzel, who are both working with James Durbin as of September, 2011.[15] In November 2011, In This Moment took part in the ShipRocked cruise alongside Candlebox, Hinder, Filter, Sevendust, Buckcherry, and many more.[16] Blood was the first album following the band parting ways with longtime manager, Blasko. Blood was revealed to be the album's title on April 6, 2012. On May 14, 2012, it was announced that the album would be released on August 14, 2012.[17] "Blood" was released as the album's first single on June 12, 2012. The album artwork and track listing for Blood were released on June 18, 2012.[18]

To support Blood, the band went on a mini headlining tour showcasing a few new songs. Later in 2012, they went on to support Shinedown and Papa Roach on their U.S. headlining summer tour along with Mindset Evolution.

In This Moment were a part of the 2012 Uproar Festival along with bands such as Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and others.

In This Moment appeared on the 2012 ShipRocked music cruise and Rock on the Range, along with bands such as Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, LIT, Helmet, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke, Dead Sara and others.

In This Moment were the supporting act for Halestorm from November 8 to December 14, 2012. The band has tours lined up for March, April, May and June of 2013, (including performing at Download Festival), followed by a slot on the 2013 Carnival of Madness Tour.[19] The band then worked on a music video for their song "Whore". Pictures released by the band showed a cameo from Chris Motionless of Motionless in White.

On April 16, 2013, In This Moment announced on Facebook that they would be filming their first concert DVD at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI. The show was filmed on May 21 and features a special stage setup, costume changes, props, and dancers. This show marked the first appearance of the Blood girls on stage. The set list composed heavily on Blood and a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", which is omitted from the release. The DVD/Blu-ray also features interviews with Maria and behind the scenes footage. The film was directed by Brad Golowin and the live audio was mixed and mastered by producer Kevin Churko.

Towards the end of 2013, the band headlined The Hellpop Tour with Motionless In White, West Hollywood heavy metal ensemble All Hail The Yeti, and Kyng. A second leg will resume in early 2014 with Butcher Babies, Devour the Day, All Hail The Yeti and Los Angeles melodic metal quartet Before the Mourning.[20][21][22][23][24]

In This Moment announced on February 5, 2014 that they had left their Century Media Records label that had produced their previous four studio albums and signed a new deal with Atlantic Records. They also revealed that they were set to enter the studio on February 23 to begin recording their fifth studio album and follow up Blood. Chris Howorth said, "We have a bunch of ideas and the way we did Blood was different than we'd done any album before. We brought ideas and pieces and parts into the studio and wrote each song in the studio, one at a time. All the other albums we had the songs formatted and together already. So we're going to do the same thing again. We're gonna try to replicate the magic of Blood and try to take the style and sound we had for Blood and just do it bigger and better while still keeping true to that same vibe. That's our sound. We feel like we found something and want to stick the flag in the ground on top of that hill."[4]

The first single, "Sick Like Me" from the band's album, Black Widow was released to digital retailers on September 9, 2014. A Best Buy exclusive release of the single (with "Big Bad Wolf") was released in the U.S. on November 4, 2014. The album was produced once again by Kevin Churko and dropped on November 17, 2014. A two month headlining tour, called "Black Widow Show" kicked off on October 26.

Band members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales




Beautiful Tragedy 35 247
The Dream
  • Released: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
73 12 223
A Star-Crossed Wasteland
  • Released: July 13, 2010
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40 8 4 1 13 126
  • Released: August 14, 2012
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
15 5 1 5 5 15 124 187
Black Widow
  • Released: November 17, 2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
8 3[34] 4[35] 89[36] 16[37] 110[38] 81
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums
Title Album details
Blood at the Orpheum
  • Released: January 21, 2014
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums
Title Album details
Rise of the Blood Legion - Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)
  • Released: May 5, 2015
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, DVD, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album





"Prayers" 2006 40 Beautiful Tragedy
"Beautiful Tragedy"[45] 2007
"Surrender"[46] Non-album single
"Forever"[47] 2008 The Dream
"Call Me"[48] 2009
"The Gun Show"[49] 2010 A Star-Crossed Wasteland
"The Promise" 39
"Blood" 2012 8 25 9 37 Blood
"Adrenalize" 2013 18 20
"Whore" 19 12 48
"Sick Like Me" 2014 1 10 36 Black Widow
"Big Bad Wolf"
"Sex Metal Barbie" 2015
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Prayers" 2007 Mike Wildt[50]
"Beautiful Tragedy" Robert Hall[51]
"Forever" 2008 David Brodsky[52]
"Call Me" 2009 Nathan Theyes[53]
"The Gun Show" 2010 David Brodsky[54][55]
"The Promise"
"Blood" 2012 Robert John Kley[56][57][58]
"Adrenalize" 2013
"Sick Like Me" 2014 Maria Brink & Robert John Kley
"Big Bad Wolf"
"Sex Metal Barbie" 2015 Maria Brink


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