I was intrigued by the Black Widow Tour. From the previous pictures and posts I had seen, it wasn’t only appealing from a music aspect, but from an almost theatrical aspect as well. There was much more on the surface than your typical run of the mill concert. I had listened to In This Moment off and on throughout the year, seeing them on various festivals such as Rock On The Range. Just like any good rock show, I had to dive in and see what the fuss what about.
It was an older crowd generally with a few younger kids mixed in towards the front. You weren’t going to find the pop crowd here – mostly metal heads and leather jackets filled the open floor on this night. Almost felt like home, I’d have to admit. The first band I got to catch was 3 Pill Morning, an anthem rock back from Minneapolis. They were your typical alternative rock back that got a lot of good feedback from the crowd. There were a lot of good songs that the crowd could chant back to them.
The next band was Twelve Foot Ninja and this would set the tone for the rest of the night as this being a non-conventional concert. This band from Australia combined everything from reggae, pop, and rock fusion. There was a tempo changes out of nowhere. It was a really unique set which found the lead singer, Kin Etik joking with the crowd and leading a “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” chant.
Starset was one of the most unique bands I had ever seen and probably setting up my sensory palate for In This Moment later on the night. The drummer and both guitarists had futuristic headgear with a crazy computer display. There was even a violinist with a solo in the middle part of the set. It was like watching a sci-fi movie play out in front of you. I would definitely check them out if you can.
In This Moment was like watching a theatrical performance within a metal show. There were elaborate costume changes, stage props and themes that changed with every song. From the opener, “Sick Like Me” you knew that you were going to get your money’s worth. I haven’t seen anything that extensive in a non-arena setting that worked so well before. Lead singer Maria Brink sounded great and guitarists Chris Howorth and Randy Weitzel were really into the show playing up for the camera. I’m a huge fan of bands who get immersed within the material they are playing. Definitely worth stepping out on a “school night” to check out this tour.
In This Moment Setlist:
Sick Like Me
Sex Metal Barbie
Into the Light
Drum Solo/Guitar Solos
Big Bad Wolf
Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)