In This Moment | Concert Review | Pinnacle Bank Arena | August 5, 2017

Review by David Taylor & Photos by Robert Chadwick

Photo Credit: Robert Chadwick

In This Moment was going to perform outdoors in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska on their Half God/Half Devil Tour, but rain in the forecast prevented that to happen, so the organizers decided to move it to the spacious Pinnacle Bank Arena. Many people packed the floor of the arena for the last night of the tour.

Little Miss Nasty opened the show and performed right before In This Moment. They are a rock ‘n roll burlesque troupe from Los Angeles, CA. They opened their first show with a performance set around school, using props such as a chalkboard and desks. They danced to songs such as Korn’s cover of “Another Brick in the Wall”, Billy Squier’s “The Stroke”, and Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”. Their second performance used songs like “Mars Needs Women” by Rob Zombie, “Coming Undone” by Korn, and “Psychosocial” by Slipknot. They put on quite a seductive and acrobatic performance for the crowd to get the right mood of the night started.

Vimic was up next. This is Joey Jordison of Slipknot’s new band. Very thrashy and heavy. Lead vocalist Kalen Chase, looking very wizard-like, would talk to the crowd, cracking jokes, having a good time. Joey Jordison still kills it on the drums live. The backing band was solid, as well. Steve Marshall, lead guitarist, shredded up a storm. Matt Tarach killed it on the keys.  They have a new album coming out soon called, Open Your Omen. I recommend to keep an eye on this band because what I heard that night was really promising.

Motionless in White was next on the bill. Led by lead vocalist, Chris Motionless, this was my first time seeing them and they did not disappoint. Opening up their set right with “LOUD (F**k It)”, they were a crowd pleaser, start to end. Their production was very Halloween, grim and dark with jack-o’-lanterns. They gave the crowd a treat, covering System of a Down’s “Chop Suey”, with the crowd singing every lyric. They are on tour in support of their album that came out in May, Graveyard Shift. They ended their set with “Reincarnate”, a very melodic and heavy song. It’s always cool to see a band’s trajectory rise when I’ve listen or seen them play, and, with out a doubt, Motionless in White have been getting bigger and bigger with every album they put out and every tour they’re on.

Finally, it was In This Moment’s turn to hit the stage. This was my 6th time seeing them live, which I still can’t believe. They opened their set with “Blood”, with Maria Brink, singer, coming out with her Blood Girls. Such a theatrical band. All the guys in the band had faceprint, each with a different persona. They released a new album last month called, Ritual, performing “River of Fire”, “Lay Your Gun Down”, “Oh Lord”, and “Black Wedding”, with an appearance from Chris Motionless, singing Rob Halford’s parts on the song. Maria Brink does a costume change for every song, which sometimes takes you out of the concert, but it’s worth it when it comes to the performance. She introduced all her other band members and they went into this “Monster Jam”, showcasing the other band members’ talents, covering Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Creeping Death”. Right after that, Kent Diimmel, drums, went into a crazy drum solo. What an excellent addition he has become to band, having joined last year, that they didn’t get some big-namer, but someone who is fresh and can slay on the drums. They ended their set with “Whore”, a song about overcoming adversity of being mislabeled. In This Moment was a perfect fit for Pinnacle Bank Arena, giving hope for bigger production and playing more arenas for the next album cycle.

-David Taylor

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All photos are © 2017 Robert Chadwick Photography.


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