A Ray of Light in the Darkest of Years – New Album ‘Mother’ Review
This year has been strange, sad and dark; annus horribilis if you will…
Thankfully the music industry has provided some light in so many ways and “Mother” shone like the Bat signal as IN THIS MOMENT came to our rescue.
In This Moment are famous for their live performances and for the drama, symphonic metal drama and gothic overtures contained in their music. Fusing rousing metal with magnificent vocals; synths with pounding drums the Los Angeles based band demand your attention from the opening sounds till the last.
“Mother” opens with a short droning instrumental passage before thundering into “Fly Like an Eagle”; a cover version first made famous by Steve Miller in the 1970’s. The tone is set for a 14 track opus…
Monstrous sound and production throughout. Gospel vocals and electronics leads the listener into both guitar Heaven and screaming Hell. The Maria Brink vocals are damn fine throughout with just a passing resemblance to the likes of Amy Lee (Evanescence), Anastasia Coburg (Koburg) and Lauren Tate (Hands Off Gretel) whilst retaining the drama associated with her.
“We Will Rock You” by Queen adds to the quota of cover versions on the album and, whilst it is instantly recognisable, it takes the song to a different place. Whether that place is good or bad is a decision for you; I’ll reserve judgement at this time.
There are so many good tracks on the album that picking a standout is a forlorn task but if forced to decide I would probably go with the title track.
There have been a number of great albums to brighten this strange, dark and sad year and I would easily place this in my top 10.