In This Moment and New Years Day, The Palace Theater, St, Paul, MN 2/18/18

I would like to start by saying if you live in the Twin Cities area and like to go see live music, if you have not been to the Palace Theater yet, you must attend the show there. It’s an incredible venue with the old feel of the theater from the 20s and great sightlines whether you’re in the balcony or your down on the floor. It has several different layers and levels to it so everyone can see.

New Year’s Day, a rock band from Anaheim, California formed in 2005 started things off. They’re currently out supporting their 2017 release Punk Goes Pop Volume 7. Their music is a mix of very heavy melodic metal with an energetic lead singer, Ash Costello. I really enjoyed their energy and they were doing everything they could to entertain the crowd. I’ve seen many bands in the genre come out on stage and just stand there. This is not one of them. They are high-energy and a great opening act for In This Moment.

If you’re a fan of theater rock, glam, performance art or any other term you can think of to describe a very visual band, then you owe it to yourself to come out and see In This Moment. People asked me, what are they like? Without taking anything away from the band or its members, the easiest description I can give you is imagine Madonna with a heavy metal band.

Lead singer Maria Brink is someone you can’t take your eyes off of. She’s incredibly artistic and entertaining along with a beautiful voice. The band itself are made up of a group of incredibly talented musicians which include Chris HoworthTravis JohnsonRandy Weitzel and Kent Diimmel. They are all very theatrical was well and fun to watch. I’ve seen this band no less than five times and have never been disappointed. Their songs are very unique so they’re very hard to describe. They’re very unique in what they do which is one of the things that makes them so appealing.

There one of the few bands that I can honestly say whether you like metal or not, you will enjoy their show. They are so incredibly entertaining that it’s worth the price of admission. They did several of the songs the crowd expected them to do like “Whore” and “Sick Like Me”. They did a really interesting version of Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight”. It’s actually much better than the original version and somehow worked with their set.

They seem to come around once a year or so. If you get the opportunity I highly recommend you give In This Moment a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

Review and photos by Tommy Sommers.