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In This Moment
A Star-Crossed Wasteland
July 2010
Released: 2010, Century Media
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Southern California based band IN THIS MOMENT have returned with their third album A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND.

Spending the early part of 2010 at The Wolve’s Den studio, with acclaimed producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch)recording Star-Crossed Wasteland, I have to say this is an album to be proud of & has been eagerly anticipated by their fans, who I feel wont be disappointed!

The songs written darker and heavier than their previous releases were still in keeping with their melodic side, with a romantic softer side showing in some individual songs which for me, balanced out perfectly. Opening up with the aggressive track, "The Gun Show" this is definitely an album to instantly get your attention! While vocally Maria sounded strong showing more emotional in her vocals yet still showing the pure true aggression and melody to her voice. I found it incredible the range she can manage with her soft emotional, slightly haunting voice then going straight into pure aggression. Chris Howorth and Kyle Konkiel‘s backing vocals complimented Maria well and it would’ve been nice hearing even more of them as both their voices are amazing, but they seemed slightly too faded in the background.

They are a tight band with fantastic riffs and impressive lead guitar work and drumming; this for me is their best album to date.

(Jo Blackened)
Track Listing

01. The Gun Show
02. Just Drive
03. The Promise
04. Standing Alone
05. A Star-Crossed Wasteland
06. Blazin'
07. The Road
08. Iron Army
09. The Last Cowboy
10. World In Flames


Maria Brink – Vocals
Chris Howorth – Guitars
Blake Bunzel – Guitars
Jeff Fabb – Drums
Kyle Konkiel – Bass



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In This Moment
A Star-Crossed Wasteland
October 2010
Released: 2010, Century Media
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

I just became aware of In This Moment this past year after hearing their cover of “Call Me” by Blondie. When A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND came my way I was quite interested in hearing what they had to offer. Was it to be more similar styled music or something completely different?

Upon pressing play I was first met with some nature sounds before vocalist Maria Brink screams “Welcome To The Gong Show” into the mic as a sort of greeting. This screaming vocal is unfortunately a sign of what’s to come on the disc. Maria’s screaming vocal style prevails on the vast majority of the songs and her ‘normal’ singing voice is given a backseat which is a crime as she is a really talented singer. On a song like “Standing Alone” she sounds really amazing, it is too bad she don’t use it more. The album would benefit greatly from it.

Musically A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND is excellant, it just gets ruined by Maria’s ‘Screamo’ vocals. Maybe on the next album she will sing in her normal voice more and leave the screaming for just a line or 2.

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