You may have seen In This Moment, Butcher Babies, All Hail The Yeti or Devour the Day before, but you haven’t seen them like this. Guitarist, Chris Howorth of In This Moment promised that Hellpop Tour would be much different. He explains, “Maria (Brink) and I decided that with each tour we would try to make better than the last one or something different than the last one. This headline tour is going to be all of the elements of all our shows throughout the year. We’re bringing that together with new stuff and new songs and we’ll be playing about an hour and a half each night. There will be something for everybody, fans new and old with a lot of surprises!”
Without a doubt, they stayed true to their word. This was definitely not a show you have seen before. Having seen In This Moment three times before just in the past year, I can attest to that. Yes, it’s very theatrical, as In This Moment can be. That’s their signature and it is expected. The energy level has been amped up about ten notches, yet there are moments of solemness as Maria shows off her sweet, yet powerful vocals with a solo ballad. If you closed your eyes, you would swear that you had died and gone to heaven.
Brinks easily commands your undivided attention and won't take no for an answer. Accompanied by two masked female sidekicks, your eyes automatically are drawn to her. She is a master of her craft: entertaining a hard rock crowd. She is also the mastermind of the show using her creativity to design each scene.
Performing a variety of songs from each of their four albums they satisfied the appetites of old-school fans and new alike.
Century Media Records’ Butcher Babies also showed up with their A-game. Singers Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey display an incredible amount of energy into their set both physically and mentally. Clearly this pair keep themselves in tiptop shape with their never-ending aerobic dance moves. Performing hits off their debut album, Goliath such as “I Smell a Massacre”, “Magnolia Blvd.” and “Gasoline” their voices were in prime form and in sync with each other. More than once did they make their way into the crowd affirming that they truly love their fans. With Henry Flury on guitar, Jason Klein on bass and Chris Warner on drums, they are the perfect fit that makes Butcher Babies a band to be reckoned with. Look for this band to go far in the very near future with their originality and talent.
Rounding out the bill was All Hail the Yeti, Devour the Day and Before the Mourning. These three acts made the show complete getting the crowd rowelled up and forming a mosh pit on the floor with their high-energy metal.
While Hellpop Tour may have come to a conclusion last night, it was surely one to remember. Rest assure all of these bands are touring machines and won’t remain idle for long. You can bet your hard-earned dollar that they are already coming up with ways to top off this gem. So keep your eyes peeled open and on the lookout for future shows. You won’t be disappointed.