IN THIS MOMENT – Beautiful Tragedy

Music in its purest form is an art form, an honest expression of creativity. However, it can be raped of all its merit and any possible meaning in the blink of an eye. Everything about IN THIS MOMENTs debut album reeks of what is wrong with the contemporary metal/hardcore scene that looms in the mainstream eye.

As if the metalcore genre wasn’t already oversaturated to the point of absolute absurdity, here comes IN THIS MOMENT with their contrived entry into the popularity sweepstakes. The band regurgitate every wannabe Swedish melodic death metal riff, breakdown, drum pattern, predictable combo of screaming/clean vocal pattern, and overall song structure in the metalcore handbook.

Yeah, the band sound like professional musicians but so what? The band was solely created to become “the next big thing (this can be verified by the band’s bio).” Beautiful Tragedy is as safe, sterile, and redundant as it gets. It’s a rerun of a rerun of a rerun.

Are male heavy music fans so lonely as to be duped into following a band simply for the fact that the singer is a female? Are the minds of fans so easily manipulated and sheepish as to drive them to become a devotee of such contrived mediocrity? Is there that much of difference between some fan of Ashlee Simpson/American Idol/Top 40 and some fan of Ozzfest/Hot Topic/Headbangers Ball? Ask yourself…what does music mean to you? What do you stand for? (Century Media Records)

THE GATHERING Comment on North American Tour, Upcoming Live CD/DVD

THE GATHERING have commented about the recently announced one-off headlining show in New York City and their upcoming live CD and DVD, A Noise Severe.

Drummer Hans Rutten posts, “Dear all! We are going to do a one off special headlining show in New York city before we support our friends from LACUNA COIL for a mere two weeks! We are looking forward to come to the USA and Canada again. Hope to see you all somewhere! We just finished our tour in South America with the recordings of our live DVD and CD, and they went very, very well. We recorded in front of 4,000 totally crazy Chileans! It was one of the biggest highlights of the band’s career, and what makes it even more special is that we were able to capture this vibe on DVD. It will be called A Noise Severe, and a noise severe it was, with the audience alone hitting 104 db several times without the band playing!”

A Noise Severe is the follow-up to the well-received 2005 DVD, A Sound Relief.

Info for the New York City headlining show:
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May 15th, [email protected] Rebel
251 West 30th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York City, New York 10001
$15 advance/$18 at door

Following the show in New York City, the band will start a two-week tour with LACUNA COIL/IN THIS MOMENT/STOLEN BABIES across North America. That tour starts May 16th, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. THE GATHERING‘s latest album, Home, was released in April of 2006 in North America. Opening act, Chicago’s TUB RING, will release their debut album, The Great Filter, on The End Records May 1st, 2007.

05/16/07 Wed @ The Opera House – Toronto, ON
05/18/07 Fri @ Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
05/19/07 Sat @ The Intersection – Grand Rapida, MI
05/22/07 Tue @ The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
05/25/07 Fri @ Dinwoodie Lounge – Edmonton, AB
05/26/07 Sat @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB

LACUNA COIL Announce Headlining Tour Following Jägermeister Tour

LACUNA COIL have announced a headlining tour to immediately follow their Jägermeister Music Tour (with STONE SOUR and SHADOWS FALL) run, which starts March 23rd and ends May 4th.  The follow-up tour will focus on markets they are not able to hit on the Jägermeister tour.  Direct support for this trek will feature either WITHIN TEMPTATION or THE GATHERING, depending on the market (see below for the current listing). STOLEN BABIES and IN THIS MOMENT will occupy the other support slots.

The group has prepared different setlists for each tour, so die-hard fans should not miss out on either event. The Jägermeister Music Tour also coincides with the launch of their new single for the track “Within Me,” their fourth single from Karmacode.  A new video for the track will be shot in Italy this week.

All tour dates (including the Jägermeister Music Tour dates) are as follows:

LACUNA COIL w/ STONE SOUR, SHADOWS FALL (* denotes shows with LACUNA COIL as direct support)
03/23   Myth Nightclub – St. Paul, MN* (also w/ BRAND NEW SIN)
03/24   The Rave – Milwaukee, WI (also w/ BRAND NEW SIN)
03/25   Lifestyles Pavilion – Columbus, OH*
03/27   House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/28   Murat Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN*
03/29   Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN (no STONE SOUR)
03/30   State Theatre – Detroit, MI
03/31   The Dome – Niagara Falls, NY*
04/01   House of Blues – Cleveland, OH*
04/02   Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY (no STONE SOUR)
04/03   Chevrolet Theatre – Wallingford, CT
04/04   Avalon – Boston, MA
04/06   Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
04/07   Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/09   Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH*
04/10   Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/11   Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC (no STONE SOUR)
04/12   The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA*
04/13   House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC*
04/14   House of Blues – Orlando, FL
04/16   Verizon Wireless Theater – Houston, TX*
04/17   Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX*
04/18   Lonestar Pavilion @ Sunset Station – San Antonio, TX
04/20   House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV*
04/21   Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
04/22   House of Blues – San Diego, CA*
04/24   House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
04/25   Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
04/26   Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ (no STONE SOUR)
04/27   Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM (no STONE SOUR)
04/28   Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
04/30   Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
05/01   The Pageant – St. Louis, MO*
05/02   Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
05/04   Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA*

05/07   Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
05/09   Blue Cats – Knoxville, TN

05/16   The Opera House – Toronto, ON
05/18   Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
05/19   The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
05/22   The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
05/25   Winwoodie Lounge – Edmonton, AB
05/26   MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB

Additional dates for the post-Jägermeister tour will likely be added.