Review

In This Moment’s North American tour titled Half God, Half Devil kicked off on April 7, 2017 with supporting acts Gemini Syndrome, Avatar, and Motionless in White. We caught the Columbus, Ohio tour stop on April 15th.  

For the tour, In This Moment’s set list was compiled from Blood and Black Widow while also debuting three songs from the band’s upcoming sixth album, Ritual. The band also performed a cover of Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight”, and the first single “Oh Lord” from Ritual (see video below). 

Set to drop on July 21, 2017, the new album is said to have a more serious tone. Guitarist Chris Howorth has described the sound on the upcoming album as “stripped down” and “raw”.

While we have had the opportunity to enjoy In This Moment’s performances at a number of festivals, we were especially excited to see the band’s headlining tour. Their performances are always so visually stunning. The music and Maria Brinks’ vocals are so fervent, that we wanted to experience what they would do artistically with extended time to develop their vision. Of course, they didn’t disappoint! We were treated to theatrical fan favorites such as “Blood”, “Adrenalize”, “Black Widow” and “Sick Like Me” and a new more, soulful vibe with “Oh Lord” and “River of Fire”. 

Joining In This Moment in Columbus, were Motionless in White, often abbreviated MIW. MIW is an American metal band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2005, the band consists of Chris “Motionless” Cerulli (lead vocals), Ricky “Horror” Olson (rhythm guitar), Devin “Ghost” Sola (bass), Ryan Sitkowski (lead guitar), and Vinny Mauro (drums). The band has stated that their band name derived from the Eighteen Visions song “Motionless and White”.

Motionless in White’s most recent fourth album, Graveyard Shift, was released on May 5, 2017, via Roadrunner Records.

As MIW is supporting a new album, their set also included new material and fan favorites. Their kitschy Halloween themed set was fun and their enthusiasm palpable. 

Speaking of enthusiasm, Avatar’s performance was downright rabid! Always entertaining, this metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden meshed creepy carnival and powerful guitar-work together quite nicely. 

To start the evening off, alternative metal band fronted by vocalist Aaron Nordstrom, Gemini Syndrome had captivated the crowd with hits from their debut album, Lux and most recent album, Memento Mori. Personally, while I like Lux, I love Memento Mori and have been burning it up on my ipod during roadtrips. I find it odd to be belting out the lyrics to “Remember We Die” while passing 18-wheelers, but I like that song so much that I don’t care!  

Just in case you missed the Half God, Half Devil spring tour stops, the tour will resume for a summer trek on June 19, 2017 with a variety of supporting bands such as MIW, Starset and Little Miss Nasty. 



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Linda Gabriele
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