Album Review: In This Moment – “Godmode”

In This Moment has returned with their eighth studio album, “Godmode,” and it’s been causing quite a stir among fans and critics alike. Released on October 27, 2023, through BMG Rights Management and produced by the talented duo of Kane Churko and Tyler Bates, this album was highly anticipated after a series of teasers and sneak peeks. The question on everyone’s mind: Does it live up to the hype?

The album’s introduction to the world began with the release of “I Would Die for You,” a track featured in the John Wick: Chapter 4 soundtrack. This was a promising glimpse into the band’s creative direction, setting the stage for the larger narrative that unfolds throughout “Godmode.”

The fan reactions to the album have been nothing short of ecstatic. The single “The Purge” has been a fixture on SiriusXM Octane, and listeners are turning up the volume every time it graces the airwaves. It’s not uncommon for songs to give you goosebumps, and Keryn Patterson Ross had precisely that reaction. Their love for the album is shared by fans like Devin Andrew Abrams, who has been playing it on repeat all day. Songs like “Sanctify Me” and “Sacrifice” have a particularly powerful impact on fans like Kris Stafford and Savanna Taylor.

The band’s creative spirit is certainly alive and well, with Marji Harrison commending In This Moment for their “incredible gifts” and “pure greatness” in another artistic endeavor. Although there are no Canadian tour dates currently announced, the anticipation for their live performance is almost touchable.

Critical reception of “Godmode” has been mostly positive., which rated the album 7/10, acknowledges the band’s commercial potential but celebrates their “weird and unpredictable” nature as a distinguishing strength. Kerrang! also gave it a solid 4 out of 5, recognizing the album’s unique blend of electronic elements and dark pop that will undoubtedly thrive in their theatrical live shows.

Metal Hammer‘s endorsement highlights the band’s potential to break into metal’s top tier with “Godmode.” Riff rates the album at 7 out of 10, affirming that it’s a natural progression of In This Moment’s signature sound. Rock ‘N’ Load, meanwhile, describes the album as a “frantically beautiful collection of songs” and encourages those new to the band to dive into their world. Wall of Sound echoes this sentiment, declaring the album “excellent” and a refreshing addition to the heavy music scene.

“Godmode” boasts a diverse tracklist, with standout songs like “The Purge,” a powerful Björk cover in “Army of Me,” and the emotionally charged “Sacrifice.” Each track showcases the band’s creative depth and willingness to explore different musical avenues.

In terms of personnel, Maria Brink’s distinctive lead vocals and Chris Howorth’s guitar prowess, alongside Randy Weitzel, Travis Johnson, and Kent Diimmel, demonstrate the band’s solid lineup. Notably, the album features Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills as a guest vocalist on “Damaged.”

In summary, “Godmode” by In This Moment has delivered an album that successfully balances their unique style with a willingness to explore new musical dimensions. It’s been warmly received by fans and critics, solidifying their position in the music world. As In This Moment continues to evolve and push boundaries, “Godmode” stands as a testament to their creativity and artistry. Whether you’re an existing fan or new to their work, this album is worth a listen. At Front of the Stage, we’re thrilled to give it a resounding 5 out of 5! It’s an absolute masterpiece that will leave you captivated from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this exceptional musical journey.

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