The Hell Pop 2 Tour, stormed through Royal Oak Music Theatre this week, featuring In This Moment, The Butcher Babies, Devour The Day, and All Hail The Yeti and Before The Mourning.
In This Moment is still touring in support of their 4th studio album Blood, released back in the fall of 2012. It has to be their biggest album to date and they just keep getting bigger and better. Over the years, we have watched singer Maria Brink grown and blossom into quite the Metal Goddess. There are bands you love to listen to and then there are bands you love to see perform live..... and In This Moment is one of those. This band has grown into something quite magical and really have taken on the metal world by storm. They are getting more radio play, getting more attention in the press, and they are quite phenomenal to watch perform live. More and more women of all ages are appearing at their shows and this show in particular had more women than men. When does anyone see that at a metal show?
In This Moment had canceled the last few shows due to singer Maria Brink's illness and fans were concerned this show would be cancelled also. Thankfully the show was on, and with even more vengeance.
After the opening bands, the venue was packed and fans were eagerly awaiting. Finally the lights went out, the fog machines blazed and Type O Negative's song "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" blared on the speakers. Seemed like the perfect introduction to a show that was gonna blow people's minds.
Maria looked and sounded amazing, giving a flawless performance that commanded everyones attention. The entire show was like a theatrical event, with eerie stage props, dramatic lights and heavy fog. The guys in the band pour their hearts and souls into the performance as well, even though it seems they get overshadowed by Brink. Her stage presence and good looks keeps everyone in awe. She had two masked beauties on stage with her, prancing around like little fallen angels. Nevertheless, this band has grown to become something bigger and better than we have seen in the metal world before.
All the opening bands were great too, but it seems everyone was here to see In This Moment. It's hard to even compare the other performances to them. If you haven't seen them yet, what are you waiting for?