Southern Californian based quintet In This Moment have paid their dues and have now propelled themselves to the top of
the heap of the metal pantheon
This second album is produced by acclaimed producer Kevin churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch) and has
captured their invigorating mixture of metal and hard rock with a diversity and epth that's refreshing and simply undeniable
For fans of Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil
1. Gunshow 2. Just Drive 3. The Promise 4. Standing Alone 5. A Star-Crossed Wasteland 6. Blazin' 7. The Road 8. Iron Army 9. The
Last Cowboy 10. World In Flames
Album: A Star-Crossed Wasteland
Star-Crossed Wasteland, A
Last Cowboy, The
World In Flames
Audio Mixer: Kevin Churko.
Recording information: The Hideout, Las Vegas, NV.
Photographers: Andy Hartmark; Kemnay Churko.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Maria Brink; Blake Bunzel; Jeff Fabb; Kyle Konkiel.
In This Moment is one of early 21st century America's best metal bands. They didn't start out that way, though. On the band's debut CD, Beautiful Tragedy, they were a regulation semi-overwrought metalcore outfit with a female singer. But on 2008's The Dream, they allowed pop-oriented producer Kevin Churko (who'd worked with Ozzy Osbourne, Celine Dion, and Shania Twain) to bring out their melodic side, and let vocalist Maria Brink demonstrate that she could really sing, not just scream more or less in tune. The fusion of metalcore and retro-minded arena pop-metal worked very well, and on A Star-Crossed Wasteland, they up their game again, recording some of their hardest, heaviest songs ("Gun Show," "Just Drive," "Blazin'") alongside some truly beautiful ballads like the closing, piano-led "World in Flames." On "The Promise," a male vocalist, Adrian Patrick of the band Otherwise, duets with Brink, each one switching back and forth between clean and harsh vocals. The result sounds a lot like Lacuna Coil, but with more emotional power than the occasionally distant Europeans. Established fans of In This Moment will love A Star-Crossed Wasteland, but as their best album, it's also a perfect introduction for a newcomer. ~ Phil Freeman
Alternative Press (p.148) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Opening track 'Gunshow' is the heaviest thing ITM have recorded, with Brink screaming her throat bloody as the band roar like White Zombie behind her..."
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