Change. Some people welcome it. Others resist it. Some seek it out. Others
fear the unknown. Sometimes it happens beyond our control. Whatever
one's mindset, change is inevitable. The challenge comes with how we face
it and deal with the consequences.
For vocalist Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth, the duo at the heart
of In This Moment, change came unexpectedly when they found themselves
rebuilding the walls around their foundation. Stripped down to their essence,
the core of In This Moment is on fire with their fourth album, aptly titled
"I knew that I wanted this album to bring out elements we've never shown
before. This alluring, darker, sinful side of us that no one has ever seen,"
says Brink. "We wanted to find something new within ourselves, and with
this album, I'm definitely the boldest I've ever been. I'm not trying to push
boundaries. It's not a conscious thing. It's a natural artistic place."
Brink and Howorth began tracking Blood with producer Kevin Churko late
last year at The Hideout Studio in Las Vegas, their 3rd with Churko at the
helm. "In January , we began writing and recording more songs," says
Howorth. "Kevin put no limits or restrictions on us. There was no setting
the clock this time. He just wanted us to record until the songs were the best
they could be."
The powerful title track, "Blood," was the first one written for the album and
it's one of Howorth's favorites. "It really set the tone for the whole record
and kicked a bunch of doors down," he says. "I think it's a really unique song that doesn't sound like anything I've heard before, and I'm really proud
of that. My other fave is "Hello." I like it because it's so heavy and melodic
at the same time. Crushing riffs and huge choruses never get old to me. This
song is In This Moment 101. Our fans will love it."
In This Moment began in Los Angeles in 2005, when Brink and Howorth
met at an open jam. Their debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, landed the
band on the 2007 and 2008 editions of Ozzfest. Their first collaboration
with Kevin Churko came with the release of 2008's The Dream – earning
them a slot on the 2009 Warped Tour. Their third album, A Star-Crossed
Wasteland (2010) was their highest-charting album.
Time on the road was both educational and inspirational in the making
of Blood, says Brink. "Watching all those bands helped me let go of my
fear, following my art and not worrying about 'Is this too much?' or 'Am
I pushing too far?' or 'Are people going to judge me?' I'm going to do
what I do in my moment to create, and people are either going to love it or
not. There will always be people who don't get it. You've got to do it for
yourself and create your own path. This album is the most fearless I've ever
felt making music."
Working as a duo to write and record the new album brought Brink and
Howorth even closer. "Maria and I are amazing friends and business
partners," says Howorth. "We created this band, we trust each other and
we're like family. We're very protective about In This Moment. It's very
sacred. The trials and tribulations made us more resolved to make things
With the release of Blood, In This Moment is geared for the next level —
as musicians, songwriters and performers. "I want the band to become
widespread," says Brink, "and that doesn't mean selling out. If you change
who you are to become part of another world, then your art is cut short and
you jeopardize what you believe in. We're not doing that. Our music is for
us first, we write it for us, we're doing our own special thing that you can
only identify with us. We can do that and still be connected, still love the
underground world, and tap into new crowds and people who can understand
the music. We love what we're doing and are ready to have more people
know about us."