In This Moment: Black Widow

Maria and co add more substance to the style

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In This Moment have been a fairly frustrating band in their near-10-year career.

For a group that are so visually and aesthetically striking, their music seems to often take a back seat and they would appear to favour stage props and conceptual ideas over songwriting and riffs. Black Widow, though, is a definite step in the right direction. For once, songs like the grinding Big Bad Wolf and the whisper-to-wail of first single Sick Like Me sound like they’ve been written to support and broaden their musical horizons, as opposed to chucked together as something to go alongside a cool video. It’s slicker and poppier than before – no doubt this is the band’s most commercial record yet – but it suits them. There’s nothing here that will reinvent the wheel for rock music; what there is instead is a bunch of highly polished and beautifully produced, commercially savvy anthems for people who like their music to be as big, bold and brash as the image that In This Moment project. Purists may hate it, but finally the band sound as colourful as you hoped they would when you first saw their pictures.

Via Atlantic

Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.