Our top 10 In This Moment songs list digs deep into the music of an American band famed for blending hard rock and metal. The band was formed by guitarist Chris Howorth and vocalist Maria Brink. Chris and Maria are the remaining original members of In This Moment. Initially, Chris Howorth doubted settling for the idea of having the band’s vocalist as a lady. Eventually, he agreed to the idea, making In This Moment one of the top female-fronted metal ensembles. Other reputable hard rock/metal bands fronted by female vocalists include Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica, Lacuna Coil, and Arch Enemy.
Initially, the band went under the moniker Dying Star, enlisting drummer Jeff Fabb as one of its original members. Guitarist Chris Howorth was still unsure about the band’s musical direction. This led him to depart from the band after performing two shows. Vocalist Maria Brink lured the guitarist back to the band. However, the members had to agree to his request to change the band’s musical direction.
The band changed its name to In This Moment, adding guitarist Blake Bunzel and bassist Josh Newell to its lineup. Josh Newell left the band in the same year of the band’s inception, citing his financial issues as the cause. His position was later occupied by Jesse Landry, who played with the band for several years before his departure. The band posted some of its demos on MySpace. This helped in attracting the attention of record labels and a loyal fanbase.
One of the people who was amused by the band’s talent is Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, Rob Nicholson. Rob would soon become the band’s manager. Thanks to internet marketing, In This Moment, had a loyal fanbase in a few months. The band signed a recording contract with Century Media Records. Within a short period, In This Moment released its debut album Beautiful Tragedy (2007). The album’s sound combined hardcore and metalcore elements. Beautiful Tragedy (2007) had most of the songs inspired by its vocalist’s personal experiences.
The band started touring the US alongside other reputable ensembles, including Lacuna Coil, Megadeth, and Ozzy Osbourne. In This Moment released its sophomore album The Dream in 2008. Luckily, the album saw the band break into the Billboard 200, debuting at number seventy-three. In This Moment embarked on tours to promote the album, sharing stages with Mudvayne, Filter, Five Finger Death Punch, and Papa Roach.
The band quickly released its third studio album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010). Once more, the band hit the road to promote the album. During the tours, the band performed alongside other reputable acts such as Sevendust, Korn, Disturbed, System Divide, Blessthefall, and Emmure. By the time In This Moment was releasing its fourth studio album, Jeff Fabb, Blake Bunzel, and manager Rob Nicholson had left the band.
Blood (2012) was released with a new lineup with the band soon after headlining a tour with All Hail the Yeti and Motionless in White. Two years later, In This Moment left Century Media Records, signing a recording deal with Atlantic Records. The band released Black Widow (2014), its debut album with the new record label. Tony Hane would sadly leave the band after the release of this album. Nevertheless, the band hit the road for a tour playing alongside Godsmack, Papa Roach, and Five Finger Death Punch.
The band went on to release, Ritual (2017) and Mother (2020) while still signed under Atlantic Records. In This Moment has been lauded by critics as one of the best hard rock/metalcore ensembles. The band members have cited Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Pantera, Nirvana, Slayer, and Judas Priest as their influences. Here we present the best In This Moment songs of all time.
#10- Black Wedding ft. Rob Halford
Opening our top 10 In This Moment songs is the hit “Black Wedding.” The song is featured on the band’s sixth studio album, Ritual (2017). “Black Wedding” finds the band teaming up with Rob Halford, Judas Priest’s frontman. It is easy to tell that the song was in a great way inspired by the 1982 hit “White Wedding” by Billy Idol. Rob Halford stars in this heavy track’s video as a cleric who administers a low-spirited wedding rite.
#9- The Gun Show
“The Gun Show” is one of the band’s greatest tracks from the album A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010). In This Moment reminds its fans how heavy it can get with this song. Lead vocalist Maria Brink delivers haunting growls and screams on this song. This marks the first hit to feature no clean vocals from the band’s vocalist. The lyrics to “The Gun Show” allude to self-respect. Guitarist Chris Howorth admits that “The Gun Show” is one of the band’s heaviest tracks.
#8 – In the Air Tonight
Coming in at number eight is the cover hit “In the Air Tonight.” Phil Collins initially released the song as the lead single to his debut studio album, Face Value (1981). Phil Collins penned the song amid the grief he felt after divorcing his first wife. In This Moment joined the list of reputable artists to have covered the song.
Other artists who covered this timeless rock ballad include Nonpoint and Mic Lowry. The original song by Phil Collins was back to the charts after a viral reaction YouTube video was posted in 2020. During this time, its sales also soared.
#7 – Prayers
“Prayers” is a metalcore gem from the band’s debut album Beautiful Tragedy (2007). Despite getting hurt during the song’s music video filming, vocalist Maria Brink insisted that the recording be finished. “Prayers” is featured on the soundtrack of the 2007 horror film The Hills Have Eyes 2. The song managed to rise to number forty on the Billboard Hot 100.
#6 – The Promise ft. Adrian Patrick
Number six on our top 10 In This Moment songs is the hit “The Promise.” The song is featured on the band’s album A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010). “The Promise” is a melodic metalcore duet that features Adrian Patrick of the hard rock band Otherwise. Its lyrics allude to being madly in love with someone but know about the impending dangers of both of you being together.
#5 – Roots
In This Moment were back with an aggressive yet emotionally blistering hit “Roots” while releasing their album Ritual (2017). Its lyrics allude to the embracing of pain and abuse underwent in the past. The singer attests to how the pain and abuse made her emotionally stronger. Vocals by Maria Brink brings out her carefree attitude to anyone who might attempt to weigh her down.
#4- Sick Like Me
“Sick Like Me” is a heavy ballad from In This Moment’s fifth studio album Black Widow (2014). The song finds vocalist Maria Brink giving the best of her cleaning vocals and haunting heavy screams. Its lyrics allude to having someone appreciate you for who you are, including your flaws. “Sick Like Me” managed to rise to number twelve on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
Coming in at number three is the lascivious hit “Adrenalize.” The song is featured on the band’s fourth studio album, Blood (2012). The power and charm in her voice and the sensual rhythm feel of the chorus make “Adrenalize” a perfect hard-driven hit.”Adrenalize” rose to number twenty on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.
#2- Big Bad Wolf
“Big Bad Wolf” is a nu-metal hit from the band’s fifth studio album Black Widow (2014). The song alludes to the struggles between the light and the dark within vocalist Maria Brink. Two animals, the piggy and the wolf, are used to represent the two states. The electronic duo Duck Sauce had released a song under the same title in 2011.
Number one on our top 10 In This Moment songs list is the metal ballad “Blood.” The song serves as the title track to the band’s fourth studio album. “Blood” was penned by vocalist Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth, with the help of producer Kevin Churko and his son Kane. Thanks to the heavy guitars and intense vocals by Maria Brink, the song has risen to one of the best In This Moment songs of all time. The band’s performance on this song saw the song receive a Gold certification in early 2017. “Blood” reached number nine on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.
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