In 2012, all the rock radio stations began heavily promoted a female fronted alternative metal band, In This Moment. They began playing a song called, "Blood" which was featured on In This Moment's fourth album, which was also called Blood.
Now this album seems to be what put them on the map, but they were already growing and expanding all on their own. I personally had not heard of them, and I'm not going to lie, I didn't like the song, "Blood" at all. But it still lead myself, and many others to checking them out.
This album came out on August 14, 2012, and reached all sorts of charts in the US, UK, Canada, and Japan. It barely reached the UK, as it only hit 187, same went for Japan, which hit 124. It did fantastic here in the US, however. It reached number 1 on the Top Hard Rock albums, number 5 on the Top Rock, Top Alternative, and Independent charts. It also hit 15 on the Billboard 200. It stayed in the Billboard 200 for the remainder of the year, and came in at 46 as well.
I think a big part of In This Moment's appeal is just how unique they are. I have yet to hear another voice quite like Maria Brink's, plus their lyrics push their limits some, which also draws in the attention. There's an almost constant sex appeal, but it's also very deep.
A track I enjoyed lyrically, was actually a very short, intermission called, "It Is Written." Which is only about thirty seconds, and is about the power music has. I love that, but obviously there's so much more to talk about with this album.
Honestly, I can't say I'm a fan of this album. I definitely see how others would be, but the style throws me off. Lyrically, I liked most of the album, especially, "Whore", and "Scarlet."
"Scarlet" is actually a beautiful song, with a twist. It seems to be about a relationship, a hidden love, if you will. You never want to let go, yet you see how they treat you and how unhealthy it truly is.
As for, "Whore", there's something just interesting about the song that's a bit difficult to explain. It sort of expresses knowing you're deep in someone else's head, and you're acknowledging that you two can be something. I feel like there's not a ton of songs out there that are quite like this.
Over all, I'm not sure what to say about this album. I can't say I loved it by any means, but it's definitely attention grabbing. So, I highly suggest you simply listen to it yourself, and see what you think. Everyone may feel differently.
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