Black Widow (In This Moment album)

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Black Widow
In This Moment - Black Widow.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 2014 (2014-11-17)
Recorded2014
StudioThe Hideout, Las Vegas
Genre
Length60:05
LabelAtlantic
ProducerKevin Churko
In This Moment chronology
Blood at the Orpheum
(2014)
Black Widow
(2014)
Rise of the Blood Legion: Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)
(2015)
Singles from Black Widow
  1. "Sick Like Me"
    Released: September 9, 2014
  2. "Big Bad Wolf"
    Released: October 21, 2014
  3. "Sex Metal Barbie"
    Released: November 4, 2014

Black Widow is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band In This Moment. It was released on November 17, 2014, by Atlantic Records, marking the band's major-label debut and first release away from longtime label Century Media Records. Black Widow is the second and last album to feature drummer Tom Hane, who left the band in March 2016 citing creative and artistic unhappiness.

Background[edit]

After the success of their 2012 album Blood and a headline tour, In This Moment announced that they were returning to the studio at the end February 2014 to begin working on a follow-up. Lead guitarist Chris Howorth told Billboard that they were again teaming up with longtime collaborator Kevin Churko, who has produced the band's previous records, and that the sound would continue with the same style as Blood. On their new evolved sound he remarked, "We feel like we found something and want to stick the flag in the ground on top of that hill."[1] It was reported on February 5 that the band had signed with Atlantic Records.[2] Frontwoman Maria Brink said of the new deal, "We are very excited to be releasing this album through Atlantic Records, who have put out some of the greatest and most revered albums of all time."[3]

Composition[edit]

Style[edit]

The genre of the album has been described primarily as gothic metal,[4] industrial metal,[5] alternative metal,[6] electronic metal[6] and metalcore.[4]

Release and promotion[edit]

It was revealed on September 6, 2014, through the band's social media pages that new album details would be announced the following week. A redesign of the band's logo featured an image of a black widow, in line with the new album. On September 8, the first single, "Sick Like Me", premiered on Sirius Satellite Radio and was released to iTunes at midnight. The album's title was announced along with a headlining tour, which began in late October. Brink revealed the title is a metaphor for positive and negative life experiences and turning weaknesses into strength. She says, "This innocent young girl who gets infected with life, traumas, experiences, and the balance of light and darkness. She becomes this poised and powerful creature."[7]

The album was made available for pre-order on iTunes on October 14, 2014, while the second single, "Big Bad Wolf", was released on October 21. Leaving little time in between, "Bloody Creature Poster Girl" was released as the next promotional single on October 27, followed by the final pre-release single, "Sex Metal Barbie", on November 4.

Tours and performances[edit]

To support the release, the band performed at Knotfest on October 25, 2014, before headlining the Black Widow Tour, which kicked off on October 26, 2014 and concluded on December 14, 2014 with Starset, Twelve Foot Ninja, and 3 Pill Morning as the opening acts.[8] The Black Widow shows presented a more elaborate stage show with each song featuring a new set, props, and choreography. According to Brink, the stage show is to bring the songs to life. Throughout 2015, the headline tour resumed in Europe and the United States, followed by supporting slots for Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack.[9] On March 16, 2016, Drummer Tom Hane announced his departure from the band, citing creative and artistic unhappiness.[10] The band replaced Hane with Kent Diimmel, the drummer from 3 by Design.[11] On June 18, 2016, the band kicked off The Hellpop 2016 Tour with openers Hellyeah, Sunflower Undead, and Shaman's Harvest before joining Rob Zombie and Korn for their summer tour.[12]

A second outing in Europe and the UK was scheduled to begin on January 10, 2016, in France. Due to health problems concerning the band members, the tour was postponed and later cancelled. Guitarist Howorth announced that he was being treated for a neck injury due to years of headbanging on stage.[13] Howorth later revealed that the treatment led to painkiller addictions, which he overcame.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Black Widow debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 36,000 copies, marking the band's highest chart entry.[15] By June 2015, the album had sold 120,000 copies.[16]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3.5/5 stars[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Maria Brink, Chris Howorth, and Kevin Churko, except where noted. All tracks are produced by Kevin Churko.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Infection" 1:49
2."Sex Metal Barbie" 4:22
3."Big Bad Wolf" 5:12
4."Dirty Pretty" 4:07
5."Black Widow" 4:58
6."Sexual Hallucination" (featuring Brent Smith) 6:18
7."Sick Like Me"
  • Brink
  • Howorth
  • Kevin Churko
  • Mitchell Ray Marlow
5:00
8."Bloody Creature Poster Girl"
  • Brink
  • Howorth
  • Kevin Churko
  • Kane Churko
4:20
9."The Fighter"
  • Brink
  • Howorth
  • Kevin Churko
  • Nick Helbling
  • Michael Spadoni
4:52
10."Bones"
  • Brink
  • Howorth
  • Kevin Churko
  • Kane Churko
4:30
11."Natural Born Sinner" 5:09
12."Into the Darkness" 2:52
13."Out of Hell" 6:34
Total length:60:03
Best Buy and Japanese edition bonus tracks[18][19]
No.TitleLength
14."Turn You"5:27
15."Rib Cage"5:06
Total length:70:36
Vinyl digital download bonus tracks[20]
No.TitleLength
1."Sick Like Me" (Motionless in White remix) 
2."Big Bad Wolf" (Dr. Ozi remix) 

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Black Widow.[21]

  • Kevin Churko – production, recording, mixing, mastering
  • Kane Churko – additional engineering, programming, editing
  • Shawn McGhee – additional engineering, editing
  • Nick Helbling – additional programming, editing
  • Marcel Szczypka – additional programming, editing
  • Kelly Churko – noise
  • Khloe Churko – studio management and assistance
  • Michael Spadoni – piano on "The Fighter"
  • Brent Smith – guest vocals on "Sexual Hallucination"
  • Sean Mosher-Smith – art direction, design, photo illustration
  • Robert Kley – cover image, booklet photos
  • Jeremy Saffer – album cover image editing, back cover
  • Tom Hane – back booklet photo

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graff, Gary (February 4, 2014). "In This Moment Begin Work on 'Blood' Follow-Up: 'We Want to Be Very Powerful Next Time'". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "In This Moment signs with Atlantic". Blabbermouth.net. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "In This Moment Unleashes "BLACK WIDOW"; Hard Rock Titans Return With Atlantic Records Debut; Album Pre-Orders Launch October 7th; First Single, "SICK LIKE ME," Available Now; "'THE NOISE' Presents In This Moment's 'BLACK WIDOW' Tour" Gets Underway October 26th in Reno; Special Guests Include Twelve Foot Ninja and Starset; "BLACK WIDOW" Arrives on November 18th" (Press release). New York City: Atlantic Records. Marketwired. September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Black Widow – In This Moment". AllMusic. Retrieved May 9, 2015. Recorded at Churko's own Hideout Studios in Sin City, the Atlantic Records-issued 13-track collection doubles down on the group's penchant for crafting muscular, yet always melodious metalcore-kissed slabs of Lacuna Coil-esque American goth-metal...
  5. ^ Price, Johnny. "Album Review: In This Moment – Black Widow". RockRevolt Magazine. Retrieved May 11, 2015. The band continues its fusion of industrial and metal and pushes the envelope even further than they did on Blood.
  6. ^ a b Leoffler, Shawn (December 15, 2014). "In This Moment – Black Widow (2014) Review". Yell! Magazine. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "In This Moment Releases "Sick Like Me" Official Video – Performing At Bogart's On 11/25". Cincy Groove. October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
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  9. ^ "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH, IN THIS MOMENT To Join Forces For U.S. Tour". Blabbermouth.net. April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Childers, Chad. "In This Moment Drummer Tom Hane Exits Band". Loudwire. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "In This Moment Recruits 3 By Design Drummer Kent Diimmel". Blabbermouth.net. June 29, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Rob Zombie, Korn team for North American summer tour". Entertainment Weekly. March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Childers, Chad. "In This Moment Cancel European Tour Over Chris Howorth Injury". Loudwire. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  14. ^ Janci, Janelle. "In this Moment guitarist speaks on new album, overcoming addiction and why fans should 'Become the Show'". Lancaster Online. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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  19. ^ "Black Widow / ブラック・ウィドウ" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. Archived from the original on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
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