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In This Moment is a female-fronted metal band from Los Angeles. Fronted by Maria Brink, they've been around for a while, having released their first album Beautiful Tragedy in 2007. Their ever evolving sound has garnered them an increasingly large fanbase over the years, and with the release of Blood in 2012, they broke through to the mainstream as one of the biggest, if not the biggest female-fronted metal band on the American market, and rivaled by Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless as the biggest female-fronted rock band, period, of The New '10s.

They started off as a pretty straight-forward Metalcore outfit, but eventually downplayed that aspect and brought other elements such as Industrial Metal, Gothic Metal, Electronic Music, and finally Nu Metal, the latter of which proved to be their key to success (ironic, given nu metal's status as a Dead Horse Genre). Their single "Blood" became their first song to crack the mainstream rock charts, and it reached #9. All of their follow-ups have since charted there as well. Their unique sound of heavy riffs with rough, screamed vocals manages to sound hard-hitting while still being radio friendly.

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Members:

  • Maria Brink - Vocals, piano (2005-present)
  • Chris Howorth - Lead guitar, backing vocals (2005-present)
  • Randy Weitzel - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2011-present)
  • Travis Johnson - Bass, backing vocals (2010-present)
  • Tom Hane - Drums (2010-present)

Discography:

  • Beautiful Tragedy (2007)
  • The Dream (2008)
  • A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010)
  • Blood (2012)
  • Black Widow (2014)
  • Ritual (2017)

Outside of the band, Maria Brink has made a number of appearances in songs from other bands. These include "Here's to Us" by Halestorm, "Anywhere But Here" by Five Finger Death Punch, and "Gravity" by Papa Roach.

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  • Action Mom: Maria has a son, doesn't stop her from fronting a metal band.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Maria Brink has a pretty nice ring to it. The fans themselves get called none else but 'THE BLOOD LEGION' which just sounds epic.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: "Big Bad Wolf", obviously enough, is about this.
  • Break-Up Song: "Blood" is about being heartbroken from a breakup and not being able to move on.
  • Careful with That Axe: Maria sounds like she's going crazy in every single song.
  • The Cameo: Rob Halford appears in the music video for Black Wedding.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Quite often. "Big Bad Wolf" features her dropping it over and over again.
  • Costume Porn: Maria's outfits both in videos and on stage later in the career are full of this, going hand-in-hand with Ms. Fanservice below.
  • Distaff Counterpart: They could be viewed as the female fronted equivalent of Five Finger Death Punch. Groovy, hard-hitting alt metal bands that still keep radio sensibilities, and have received a very divisive reception from metalheads despite being successful. Fittingly, they've toured together and Maria appeared on their song "Anywhere But Here". Even before then, Ivan Moody did some backing vocals on "Adrenalize".
  • Generic Guy: Believe it or not, there are four other members of the band. They tend to be viewed this way, with the only slight exception being guitarist and co-founder Chris Howorth, who has been around with Brink since the beginning.
  • Intercourse with You: "Adrenalize", a song about rather violent sex. "Sick Like Me" has shades of this as well.
  • Large Ham: Maria in every song.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A solid 8 throughout. Some songs dip to a 7, others go as high as a 9. "The Gun Show" is arguably a 10.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Maria, all the time.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: As of 2014, they're an alternative-electro-industrial-gothic-nu-metal band.
  • Nice Hat: Maria is rarely seen without some kind of headwear.
  • Nu Metal: Blood onward features nu metal aspects.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Maria is the only female member of the band, and has been since the beginning.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Maria does a one-woman version of this in most songs.
  • Take That, Critics!: According to Maria, "Sex Metal Barbie" is meant as a mockery of the band's hatedom: several lines are borrowed from Internet trash talk about them.
  • Uncanny Valley: invoked Used deliberately in the "Sex Metal Barbie" video, which is shot to make Maria look plasticky and with a severely distorted lens that exaggerates her body.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Maria has appeared in quite a few other bands' songs.
  • Vocal Evolution: By the release of "Blood", Maria had pretty much stopped doing any fully clean vocals. Even her sung parts have a rougher edge. Whether this is due to vocal damage from screaming for years, or a stylistic choice has never been explained.
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