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In This Moment
The Dream

Company: Century Media
Release: 2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: JP

  • More melody and less metalcore



  • The debut CD "Beautiful Tragedy" from In This Moment garnered acclaim with solid melodic metalcore playing and a good-looking front woman, Maria Brink, who had a propensity to wear short skirts and scream more than she sang. For the new CD "The Dream", Brink told the band she wanted more melody to sing with, so the band dropped the core riffs for Papa Roach territory and the production over-harmonized Brink into a cross between a bathetic Gwen Stefani and Pat Benatar at her most maudlin. "Beautiful Tragedy" sat comfortable in my collection near Iron Maiden, but "The Dream" is making Eddie cringe. In This Moment had a working dichotomy of pretty and harsh, yet only one song, "The Great Divide" recalls their previous style. They went so far to the opposite direction, I'd expect lovers of the uglier side to move on as they gain converts to the sweet side. There is a lot of talent here, but maybe the next release will find a common spot between their distant poles.



    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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