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      February 10, 2018

      Saturday   6:30 PM

      1711 Main Street
      Niagara Falls, New York 14305

      In This Moment

      with P.O.D., New Years Day, Ded
      Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women.Within a deck of tarot cards, the High Priestess serves as the guardian of the unconscious. InGreek mythology, the old oracles celebrate the Mother Goddess. William Shakespeare positedportentous prescience in the form of MacBeths Three Witches. On their sixth full-length albumRitual, In This MomentMaria Brink [vocals, piano], Chris Howorth [lead guitar], Travis Johnson[bass], Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar], and Kent Diimel [drums]unearth a furious and focusedfeminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodooblues.Its an evolution. Its a statement. Its In This Moment 2017Its like were going into the next realm, asserts Maria. I had a conviction of feelingempowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed toshare that sense of strength. Ive never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes, I can be verysuggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself andits without overt sexuality. Its that deeper serious fire inside of my heart.What Maria is saying comes from deep inside, Chris affirms. This time, we had a bunch ofideas started before we hit the studio. There was a really clear direction. Its different.The group spent two years supporting their biggest album yet 2014s Black Widow. Uponrelease, it seized their highest position to date on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #8.Simultaneously, it clinched #3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and spawned a series of hitssuch as Sick Like Me, Big Bad Wolf, and Sex Metal Barbieall cracking 8 million Spotifystreams each and topping Rock Radio. Meanwhile, the bands signature smash Whorecrossed the 20-million mark.Furthermore, the title track off In This Moment's 2012 album, Blood, has been certified gold bythe RIAA. A remarkable accomplishment, the companion music video for "Blood" has beenviewed over 27 million times.Between headline tours, they incinerated stages everywhere from Rock On The Range toDownload Festival. In March 2016, Maria and Chris commenced writing for what would becomethe new record with longtime collaborator and multiple GRAMMY Award-nominated producerKevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne] at his Las Vegas compound.Following a high-profile summer 2016 tour with Korn and Rob Zombie, the duo began writing.Then, Maria visited Salem, MA for the very first time with all of the women in her family quiteappropriately during Halloween.We were really tapping the energy there, she says. We were honoring each other. I wasseeking inspiration and experience to inspire me in this album. I was trying to find a lot of truth inmyself. I loved Salem. I was blown away by how visually beautiful it is. The history of the witchburnings is fascinating. It was a special ceremonial journey.Galvanized and inspired, Maria and Chris returned to Kevins stronghold to complete recording.In an atmosphere of candles, crystals, incense, and a cackling fireplace, they expanded theiraural palette once again, welcoming a doom blues bombast into the sonic fold.We love Black Widow, but it was very electronic, Chris explains. This is a little more organic,emphasizing guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. We slowed down the groove a little bit. I got toplay some slide guitar, and Ive never done that. Theres a bluesy side, which weve also neverhad.We always want to grow and evolve, Maria adds. It was a chance to get a little more serious.That progression shines through the first single Oh Lord. A minimal drum and handclapechoes as Marias wild incantation takes hold. Guitars shiver and shake as the frontwomandelivers an undeniable refrain.The meaning of Oh Lord is central to the album, she reveals. I should be able to have arelationship with what I perceive God to be. For me, its this strength and light. When I wasyounger, I felt guilty for thinking of these things. Im not supposed to touch an oracle card, atarot card, or these beautiful things, because theyre bad. I had these fears in me for a longtime like, Is this wrong? I realized I dont have to be afraid anymore. Theres a lot of learningand an awakening in that one.Inverting everyones favorite Billy Idol nuptial anthem, Black Wedding sees Maria walk downthe aisle of musical madness with none other than Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. Co-written with Stevens, its an explosive and enchanting duet.I cant believe that happened, beams Chris. Maria hit up Rob and asked if he was interested.He jumped right on it. I cant believe we got him.Who doesnt love White Wedding?, laughs Maria. We wanted to do a spin-off thats creative.Its a question-and-answer between me and another voice. The chorus essentially says this isntgoing to be the opposite of a happy ending! Youre becoming empowered by heartbreak.Chris breaks out the slide on the raging River of Fire, while Witching Hour dances around theflames to a new wave-inspired groove and midnight lore as Maria recants, This idea of mebeing burned as a witch in a past life for teaching people to be free. Elsewhere, Rootspractically opens up the earth with its sheer seismic force.Sometimes, I have to go through pain in order to forgive and let go, she adds. I love to thankthe hate in people. Its that sort of energy. Ill be okay, hold my head strong, push forward, dowhat Ive got to do, and prevail.Simultaneously, In This Moment breathe a dark new life into the Phil Collins classic In The AirTonight.We cant reproduce what he did in a million years, she says. Its one of the best songs ever.We did our own interpretation and made it a little more sinister like our ritual.The ritual has begun, and In This Moment ignite a brighter fire than ever before here.When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, orhappiness, concludes Chris. As a kid, I remember listening to records and putting them onrepeat over and over again. Id love for the world to listen and absorb this as a piece of work.Maria leaves off, I want everybody to be unafraid of who they are and not worry about what therest of society says. Be strong. Be loud. We love our fans deeply. I hope everybody feels thatlove and powerful in who they are.

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