In This Moment / Motionless In White / VIMIC / Little Miss Nasty @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO

Words and photos by Duane Clawson
Strange, different, unique, and refreshing are just a few of the words that can be used to describe this show.  But boring, it certainly was not!

Setting the theatrical theme for the night was the rock & roll burlesque troupe, Little Miss Nasty.  Living up to their name, these ladies gyrated approval from the Pageant audience.  Stilettos and leather moving to Rob Zombie, Slipknot, and Korn were certainly a unique spark in the darkness.

Following Little Miss Nasty was VIMIC, a band that contains former members of Slipknot and Korn.  And unleashed an unmistakable metal howl!  Front man Kalen Chase, a former backup vocalist with Korn, and drummer Joey Jordison, formerly of Slipknot, collide with a classic metal heaviness.  The standard, straightforward delivery of this band was refreshingly different.

Some would call the next band strange.  But there is nothing strange about, Motionless In White.  Just an updated version of the shock rock acts that have come before.  Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and King Diamond all come to mind while watching Motionless. “Loud (Fuck It)”, the opening number, sets the tone for their dynamic set.  Intermixing throughout the bands nine-song set is a young lady wielding an axe, a noose, and a super soaker.  Lead singer Chris Motionless gets a huge round of applause prior to the song, “America”.  As he explains how great it is to be back in the U.S.A., after a three-week European tour.

The anticipation of those seeing In This Moment for the first time, and those seeing them for the tenth time, is nearly equal.  For me, it’s righting a wrong.  I chose to show up late for their opening slot a couple years ago on the Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch tour.  I’ve been regretting it ever since!  The visual production of an In This Moment show keeps folks returning to show after show.

In This Moment immediately set the tone by launching into “Blood,” an intense and driving tune off the band’s 2012 album of the same name.  Vocalist Maria Brink upped the intensity, as she brought the song’s lyrics to life.  Cloaked in menacing attire, makeup and masks, the band featuring Chris Howorth (guitar), Randy Weitzel (guitar), Travis Johnson (bass), and Kent Diimmel (drums), complete the visual spectacle of In This Moment.

When releasing a new album, most bands throw a couple of new numbers into their set.  Not In This Moment.  Six songs from the new album, Ritual, made the cut.  One song, “Black Wedding”, appears on the album as a duet with Rob Halford.  Tonight, Halford was not present but Chris Motionless filled the void nicely.  This song seemed very well received by all in attendance!  A nice little surprise was a mid-show salute to Metallica courtesy of Weitzel, Howorth, Johnson, and Diimmel.  The instrumental interlude includes bits of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Creeping Death”.

The closing notes of “Oh Lord” were not near enough to satisfy the In This Moment faithful.  The six new songs being performed on stage is quite a rarity.  It is even more rare that a new song makes it as an encore.  In This Moment breaks the mold again.  But Brink’s interpretation of Phil Collins' “In The Air Tonight” is certainly encore worthy.  Standing at her podium, Brink puts the lid on the night's production with “Whore”, the band's signature swan song.  Thanks to In This Moment for allowing MTC MAG to be a part of your night and the Pageant for hosting another great show.  Photos of the show are below:

Little Miss Nasty
Motionless In White
In This Moment
Contributed by Duane Clawson
In This Moment / Motionless In White / VIMIC / Little Miss Nasty @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO In This Moment / Motionless In White / VIMIC / Little Miss Nasty @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on July 04, 2017 Rating: 5
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