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Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women.

Within a deck of tarot cards, the High Priestess serves as the guardian of the unconscious. In

Greek mythology, the old oracles celebrate the Mother Goddess. William Shakespeare posited

portentous prescience in the form of MacBeth’s “Three Witches.” On their sixth full-­length album

Ritual, In This Moment—Maria Brink [vocals, piano], Chris Howorth [lead guitar], Travis Johnson

[bass], Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar], and Kent Diimel [drums]—unearth a furious and focused

feminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodoo


It’s an evolution. It’s a statement. It’s In This Moment 2017…

“It’s like we’re going into the next realm,” asserts Maria. “I had a conviction of feeling

empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to

share that sense of strength. I’ve never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes, I can be very

suggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and

it’s without overt sexuality. It’s that deeper serious fire inside of my heart.”

“What Maria is saying comes from deep inside,” Chris affirms. “This time, we had a bunch of

ideas started before we hit the studio. There was a really clear direction. It’s different.”

The group spent two years supporting their biggest album yet 2014’s Black Widow. Upon

release, it seized their highest position to date on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #8.

Simultaneously, it clinched #3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and spawned a series of hits

such as “Sick Like Me,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “Sex Metal Barbie”—all cracking 8 million Spotify

streams each and topping Rock Radio. Meanwhile, the band’s signature smash “Whore”

crossed the 20-­million mark.

Furthermore, the title track off In This Moment’s 2012 album, Blood, has been certified gold by

the RIAA. A remarkable accomplishment, the companion music video for “Blood” has been

viewed over 27 million times.

Between headline tours, they incinerated stages everywhere from Rock On The Range to

Download Festival. In March 2016, Maria and Chris commenced writing for what would become

the new record with longtime collaborator and multiple GRAMMY® Award-­nominated producer

Kevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne] at his Las Vegas compound.

Following a high-­profile summer 2016 tour with Korn and Rob Zombie, the duo began writing.

Then, Maria visited Salem, MA for the very first time with all of the women in her family quite

appropriately during Halloween.

“We were really tapping the energy there,” she says. “We were honoring each other. I was

seeking inspiration and experience to inspire me in this album. I was trying to find a lot of truth in

myself. I loved Salem. I was blown away by how visually beautiful it is. The history of the witch

burnings is fascinating. It was a special ceremonial journey.”

Galvanized and inspired, Maria and Chris returned to Kevin’s stronghold to complete recording.

In an atmosphere of candles, crystals, incense, and a cackling fireplace, they expanded their

aural palette once again, welcoming a doom blues bombast into the sonic fold.

“We love Black Widow, but it was very electronic,” Chris explains. “This is a little more organic,

emphasizing guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. We slowed down the groove a little bit. I got to

play some slide guitar, and I’ve never done that. There’s a bluesy side, which we’ve also never


“We always want to grow and evolve,” Maria adds. “It was a chance to get a little more serious.”

That progression shines through the first single “Oh Lord.” A minimal drum and handclap

echoes as Maria’s wild incantation takes hold. Guitars shiver and shake as the frontwoman

delivers an undeniable refrain.

“The meaning of ‘Oh Lord’ is central to the album,” she reveals. “I should be able to have a

relationship with what I perceive God to be. For me, it’s this strength and light. When I was

younger, I felt guilty for thinking of these things. I’m not supposed to touch an oracle card, a

tarot card, or these beautiful things, because they’re ‘bad.’ I had these fears in me for a long

time like, ‘Is this wrong?’ I realized I don’t have to be afraid anymore. There’s a lot of learning

and an awakening in that one.”

Inverting everyone’s favorite Billy Idol nuptial anthem, “Black Wedding” sees Maria walk down

the aisle of musical madness with none other than Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. Co-­

written with Stevens, it’s an explosive and enchanting duet.

“I can’t believe that happened,” beams Chris. “Maria hit up Rob and asked if he was interested.

He jumped right on it. I can’t believe we got him.”

“Who doesn’t love ‘White Wedding?’,” laughs Maria. “We wanted to do a spin-­off that’s creative.

It’s a question-­and-­answer between me and another voice. The chorus essentially says this isn’t

going to be the opposite of a happy ending! You’re becoming empowered by heartbreak.”

Chris breaks out the slide on the raging “River of Fire,” while “Witching Hour” dances around the

flames to a new wave-­inspired groove and midnight lore as Maria recants, “This idea of me

being burned as a witch in a past life for teaching people to be free.” Elsewhere, “Roots”

practically opens up the earth with its sheer seismic force.

“Sometimes, I have to go through pain in order to forgive and let go,” she adds. “I love to thank

the hate in people. It’s that sort of energy. I’ll be okay, hold my head strong, push forward, do

what I’ve got to do, and prevail.”

Simultaneously, In This Moment breathe a dark new life into the Phil Collins’ classic “In The Air


“We can’t reproduce what he did in a million years,” she says. “It’s one of the best songs ever.

We did our own interpretation and made it a little more sinister like our ritual.”

The ritual has begun, and In This Moment ignite a brighter fire than ever before here.

“When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, or

happiness,” concludes Chris. “As a kid, I remember listening to records and putting them on

repeat over and over again. I’d love for the world to listen and absorb this as a piece of work.”

Maria leaves off, “I want everybody to be unafraid of who they are and not worry about what the

rest of society says. Be strong. Be loud. We love our fans deeply. I hope everybody feels that

love and powerful in who they are.”

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