In this Moment at the State Theater – ME

Photos and Review by Micah Gummel
In This Moment Photos HERE
Upon a Burning Body HERE
The Nearly Deads HERE
Indie rockers the Nearly Deads fronted by singer Theresa “TJ” Jeane. Warmed up the crowd performing songs off their latest album Invisible Tonight. Speaking of this album it is a great one! After catching them live you can see that this band is a talented powerhouse you will likely see them soon on their headlining tour soon.
The dapper-dressed San Antonio-based, metal band Upon A Burning Body was in town supporting The band drew a large crowd, many of whom were throwing the Texas Longhorns as much as others were throwing metal horns, in honor of the band’s unabashed love for the San Antonio Spurs NBA team. At this point the crowd was fully charged for what was about to come.
Artistic stage props, seductive outfits and dark theatrics created an overtly gothic setting for In This Moment‘s performance At Portland Maines State Theater. This was the opening night of Black Widow tour.Taking center stage Lead vocalist Maria Brink walked onto stage like a hardcore Madonna with black leather leggings, a black cap and a tight fitting ring master jacket.
Like a play with multiple acts, Brink changed attire for almost each song. Though her self-crafted minor outfit changes seemed to be exhaustive at times, it didn’t hamper Brink’s screaming and singing through her headset mic. Giant inoculation needles, guns and knives being tossed around by masked, dancing ‘Blood Girls’ brought Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson to mind.
Although Brink dominated attention with her long blonde hair and flashy feminine moves, each band member was spotlighted with brief solos–lead guitarist and co-founding member Chris Howorth, bassist Travis Johnson, guitarist Randy Weitzel and a lengthy drum solo by Tom Hane. Brink proudly introduced each member following the solo sets.
In addition to newer tracks “Whore,” “Burn,” “Adrenalize,” “Blood” and others from the band’s latest album Blood, the group also performed songs from previous records including “Daddy’s Falling Angel,” “The Gun Show,” and “Blazin’.”
Maria Brink shared an uplifting speech following her emotionally charged solo performance of “Into the Light” Setting the moment for the crowd to get raging together during In This Moment’s live cover performance of some killer Metallica tunes. All in all a great show if you have the chance be sure to catch them on this tour or the next!

In This Moment

Upon a Burning Body

The Nearly Deads


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