Stopping by The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, In This Moment performed their elaborate stage show to the amazement of The Fillmore crowd. For every concert, In This Moment manages to bring an arena sized feel into the club setting.
For this tour, the band has constructed a scene of what appears to be satanic churches with numerous crosses, crescent moons, and pentagrams. With the added use of smoke machines and a fantastic light show, the visual experience is nearly unmatched by any other touring band.
While the scenery helped set an ambiance to the show, it was the performance of the band that put an In This Moment concert beyond the others. With a combination of masks, face paint, and multiple wardrobe changes, In This Moment looked like a haunted house come to life. Frontwoman Maria Brink took us on a journey through this dark and scary world, but unlike a haunted house, you never wanted to close your eyes.
Despite the recent announcement of their next album, Mother, expected to be released later this summer, In This Moment did not play any new, original music. But the hits that everyone knows were played to much appreciation. “Big Bad Wolf,” “Roots,” and “Blood” all brought the heaviness expected from In This Moment. “Lay Your Gun Down” the quiet piano ballad, had everyone reaching for their lighters and cell phones to illuminate the club.
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In addition to their own music, cover songs played a prominent role. The band took an extended instrumental montage to play snippets of “Eye of the Tiger,” “Master of Puppets,” “We Are the Champions,” and more. The show opened with a haunting cover of Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle.” The Phil Collins cover of “In the Air Tonight” which appears on the 2017 album, Ritual, put a whole new twist on the classic song. But it was the Journey cover that was most surprising. It appears that no amount of pentagrams and devil horns can keep a crowd from belting out the lyrics to “Don’t Stop Believing.”
For the final song of the night, Maria stood atop of a two-story tall lectern. She was standing so high that her head was up in the lighting rig at the ceiling of The Fillmore. The word “WHORE” was written down the front of the lectern, and the band went into its signature song. Choosing to take control of a derogatory term, Maria said that the “song is about rising above experiences and ideas about who we are supposed to be.” With multiple, large black and white balloons being bounced around the crowd, and the spray of confetti cannons onto the audience, everyone experienced one final sensory overload.
Here are some pictures of In This Moment performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 15, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Chris Smyth.