Over the past decade In This Moment have led a trailblazing path across the metal scene with their ferocious blend of high-octane rifferama and the headline-grabbing antics of vocalist Maria Brink. But with no live dates pencilled in on the tour page of the band’s website and a string of illnesses and line-up changes, it’s a tense time for fans of the Californian five-piece to see what they’ll do next.
The band recently wrapped up a string of successful dates in Japan that illustrated how In This Moment can still deliver a richly theatrical yet deeply musical performance as they move into their second decade as a celebrated metalcore band.
It’s hoped that the fact that In This Moment concluded their tour in the Far East with some shows with the highly-rated Vamps will do much to give them a fresh dose of inspiration as they head into the studio to start recording their as-yet untitled sixth studio album that’s rumoured to be pencilled in for release at some point during 2017.
The trip will have also given the band time to reflect after what’s been a gruelling few months with founding guitarist Chris Howorth revealing that he’s been suffering with acute arthritis in his neck and shoulders which led to the cancellation of a string of European tour dates earlier this year.
As well as this, the band suffered the loss of their drummer Tom Hane who was reportedly feeling creatively unfulfilled by the band’s activities over recent months. But with the drumming powerhouse Kent Diimmel of 3 By Design stepping up to help out on a recent tour with Korn and Rob Zombie, it’s hoped that the band can soon start recording their next album.
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It will also be interesting to see how the band approach their next album as it seemed that they’d made a strong connection with the producer Kevin Churko on their last album, Black Widow. And with Atlantic Records on board to use major label muscle to help promote the band across the world, it’s hoped that it won’t just be on online pokies sites that we’ll see In This Moment in 2017.