Out For ‘Blood’: Maria Brink Of In This Moment

Author: James Wood
Published: December 04, 2012 at 5:33 pm

When it comes to women who rock, there are few who do it better or rock harder than Maria Brink. The feisty blonde singer of the band In This Moment is the Queen of Hardcore Metal. Brink is also one of the most charismatic and endearing women in music today. Believe it.

Last year, following the one-two punch of being dropped by their management and losing two band members, Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth found themselves in a bit of a quagmire. But rather than wallowing in the negative, the duo instead armed themselves with a new-found sense of direction and channeled that energy into Blood, an album that has become their most successful to date.

Reunited once again with producer Kevin Churko (The Dream, A Star-Crossed Wasteland) the combination of Howorth’s guitars and Brink’s infectious vocal lines make Blood a must have album for both die-hard and new fans alike.

The video for the album's title track features haunting innuendos of both strength and vulnerability and showcases Brink’s seductive nature and vocal prowess.

In This Moment plans to continue to tour extensively in 2013, giving fans more than enough opportunity to pay homage to the Queen.

I had the chance to speak with Maria about "Blood", her upbringing and where she finds her own inspiration in this exclusive interview.

What was the spark that ignited the new album?

Everything just kind of hit rock bottom and everyone had thought the band was finished. The idea that everyone had given up on us is what lit this fire. The truth is, we haven't even touched on many of the things we want to accomplish so we couldn't let go.

In the studio, how do you develop the melodies for your songs?

What I like to do is go into the vocal booth, listen to music and start feeling it and then seeing what comes out. Then we'll go back and listen to all of the different takes and find the one that's most exciting. Sometimes, that's the most organic way of doing things.

Do you find it difficult at times being a female lead singer in a primarily "male dominated" genre?

I don't think it matters if you're a woman or a man as long as you're confident and know exactly what you're there to do. When I go out there, I control that crowd. I see myself as a queen, commanding and strong. I don't let anything pull me down or let anyone take that away from me.  We've opened up for Megadeth, DevilDriver and some of the heaviest, underground metal bands. Those crowds can be a little bit challenging, but I don't think that it's because I'm a girl. From my perspective, We're a metal band at heart.

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