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REVIEW: In This Moment Channel Phil Collins With New Album, ‘Ritual’

Ritual Album CoverIn This Moment lead singer Maria Brink shows that she is more than rock and roll’s busty, blonde bombshell with the upcoming release of the Los Angeles metalcore band’s sixth studio album, Ritual, available July 21st from Roadrunner Records.

“It’s like we’re going into the next realm,” Brink said in a release. “I had a conviction of feeling empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to share that sense of strength. I’ve never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes, I can be very suggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and it’s without overt sexuality. It’s that deeper serious fire inside of my heart.”

The new album—the band’s first in three years—was recorded at The Hideout in Las Vegas, shortly following the departure of drummer Tom Hane, who left the band last year of creative differences.

Inspired by the Salem Witch Trials, Ritual, is quite possibly the band’s most focused and inspired work, evoking the heavy metal spirit while channeling classic rock and Blues guitar licks.

“We love Black Widow, but it was very electronic,” lead guitarist Chris Howorth explains. “This is a little more organic, emphasizing guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. We slowed down the groove a little bit. I got to play some slide guitar, and I’ve never done that. There’s a bluesy side, which we’ve also never had.”

The album’s first single, “Oh Lord,” was released back in May and is an unexpectedly different track, with a blues-infused, Southern rock twang.

“The meaning of ‘Oh Lord’ is central to the album,” Brink said. “I should be able to have a relationship with what I perceive God to be. For me, it’s this strength and light. When I was younger, I felt guilty for thinking of these things. I’m not supposed to touch an oracle card, a tarot card, or these beautiful things because they’re ‘bad.’ I had these fears in me for a long time like, ‘Is this wrong?’ I realized I don’t have to be afraid anymore. There’s a lot of learning and an awakening in that one.”

Ritual also pays homage to Billy Idol with a unique and sinister twist on his 1982 classic rock track, “White Wedding.” Featuring none other than Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, the song, “Black Wedding,” flips the beloved marital rock anthem on its ears, with a dark, yet empowering message about love and loss.

Brink’s thunderous vocals and energetic presence also helped to breathe new life into their cover of the Phil Collins classic rock hit, “In The Air Tonight.” 

“We can’t reproduce what he did in a million years,” Brink said. “It’s one of the best songs ever. We did our own interpretation and made it a little more sinister like our ritual.”

Produced by Kevin Churko, Ritual also features two new tracks written by GRAMMY-nominated record producer Dave Bassett and songwriter Johnny Andrews.

RATING: 4.25 / 5

In This Moment have been performing for more than a decade, but it took them until now to truly solidify their rank among today’s top metal musicians. With the release of their latest studio album, Ritual, the L.A.-based metalcore outfit look to dominate the genre with what is perhaps their best record to date. However, there is still room for growth, as we see with the introduction of the blues, alternative, and classic rock elements that make this album what it is.




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