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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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