In This Moment - The Dream
Record Label: Century Media
Release Date: September 30th, 2008
Nearly a year after making their mark on the scene with their Century Media debut, Beautiful Tragedy, In This Moment find themselves treading new ground with the release of The Dream. While the album carries some of the same aspects of the last album, The Dream features little to no screaming from front-woman Maria Brink, though there are a few shrieks thrown into the mix to liven things up every once in awhile. Taking a more metal-influenced hard rock influence this time around, the band has put forth a more approachable album with less filler and with altogether more dynamic and catchy songs.
Opening the album in a seemingly haunting fashion is “The Rabbit Hole,” which plays into the whole Alice In Wonderland theme hinted at on the album artwork. One will immediately be captivated and hypnotized by the slow chanting, ending with the simple line, “Our birth has just begun.” Those simple words remain true through the entire album. As the lingering whimpers dissipate, we are transitioned into the first single, “Forever.” The song beautifully displays the near angelic, yet aggressive qualities of Brink’s voice hinted on Beautiful Tragedy, and are intricately molded with a more mature In This Moment.
With this reworked sound, it may leave fans of their previous release screaming foul, though in the end, even the most hardcore of fans will come to the realization that The Dream was an obvious step in the right direction, as Maria’s voice is far better suited for this brand of rock. It’s not to say that the screaming was completely axed with this release, or that she is a terrible screamer, as songs such as “The Great Divide” and “Violet Skies,” feature a few glimpses of the scream that dominated much of Beautiful Tragedy, and the latter even features a tinge of pop influence.
The raw emotion and energy poured into this album is relevant from start to end, and while it's not as aggressive as it’s predecessor, The Dream stands as one of the most enjoyable metal-influenced, female-led outings and stands as In This Moment’s best work yet. I guess it’s clear that Dreams do come true.