Los Angeles-based metalcore outfit In This Moment brought their “Half God/Half Devil” tour to Warren’s W.D. Packard Music Hall this past Sunday evening as part of a marathon four-hour show. Supporting Maria Brink and company were the, um, interesting burlesque troupe Little Miss Nasty, Slipknot’s former drummer Joey Jordison’s new outfit Vimic, and up-n-comers Motionless in White.
The Metalcore sub-genre, largely populated by acts like Rob Zombie, meld the conventions of horror film makeup and props with a decidedly raw sound, appealing to the angsty George Romero-loving crowd. Call it “music for the apocalypse;” I think the crowd would approve of that moniker.
Starting the evening was the quartet of burlesque dancers shaking their money makers for a fifteen-minute set to a series of pumped-in EDM and Goth Metal tracks. Seeming a little out of place in a venue full of goth horror makeup and attentive eight-year old audience members, the Little Miss Nasty dancers walked off the stage while many of the female audience members glared at their mates for, well, glaring at the dancers.
After a brief stage reset, Slipknot’s former drummer Joey Jordison rolled out his new ensemble Vimic. Their thirty-minute set got the audience warmed up for the rest of the evening, erasing much of the bewilderment left behind from the burlesque troupe. Wrapping things up with their biggest hit, “She Sees Everything,” frontman Kalen Chase thanked the crowd before the roadies reset the stage once again.
Motionless in White came out for a spirited hour set. The twelve-year old Scranton, Pennsylvania born outfit, led by frontman Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, ripped through their set with aplomb. While their tastes tend to run to the macabre, their song titles reflect the angst to which their primary audience may relate: tunes such as “Dead as Fuck,” “Eternally Yours,” and “Reincarnate” typically populate their sets and Sunday’s show was no exception.
Maria Brink knows how to put on a show. Whether she grew up on a healthy dose of Broadway theatrics or old Universal monster movies, Brink and her band know how to wow an audience. Part Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, a dash of Lon Chaney and his resume, and a bit of a Pantene Don’t-Hate-Me-Because-I’m-Beautiful slow-mo hair effortlessly blowing in the breeze commercial, this band’s production values were amped up to eleven throughout their prodigious set.
Taking to the stage with backlighting that could land a 747 in a snowstorm, Brink did several costume changes throughout the night; it reminded me of a Cher concert being staged by the Manson Family.
The band offered a retinue of their most well-known tunes; songs such as “Salvation,” “Burn” and “Lay Your Gun Down” were offered early in the mix. Brink is one of those singers that remain an enigma; perhaps the long blond tresses act as a counterpoint to the big fake machete she wields throughout much of the gig. Maybe the curvaceous hips betray the eye patch and its mysteries. Whatever the case, she draws a huge following, due to the Theda Bara-like image she puts on.
Closing with “Whore,” the band left the crowd screaming for more.
To quote someone smarter than myself: The creatures of the night; what beautiful music they make.
And that, I suppose, is what it’s all about.