PRESALE: Thursday, May 24 from 10AM-10PM with password RITUAL
Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women.
Within a deck of tarot cards, the High Priestess serves as the guardian of the unconscious. In
Greek mythology, the old oracles celebrate the Mother Goddess. William Shakespeare posited
portentous prescience in the form of MacBeth’s “Three Witches.” On their sixth full-length album
Ritual, In This Moment — Maria Brink [vocals, piano], Chris Howorth [lead guitar], Travis Johnson
[bass], Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar], and Kent Diimel [drums] — unearth a furious and focused
feminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodoo
It’s an evolution. It’s a statement. It’s In This Moment.
“It’s like we’re going into the next realm,” asserts Maria. “I had a conviction of feeling
empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to
share that sense of strength. I’ve never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes, I can be very
suggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and
it’s without overt sexuality. It’s that deeper serious fire inside of my heart.”
Between headline tours, they incinerated stages everywhere from Rock On The Range to
Download Festival. In March 2016, Maria and Chris commenced writing for what would become
the new record with longtime collaborator and multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer
Kevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne] at his Las Vegas compound.
Following a high-profile summer 2016 tour with Korn and Rob Zombie, the duo began writing.
Then, Maria visited Salem, MA for the very first time with all of the women in her family quite
appropriately during Halloween.
“We were really tapping the energy there,” she says. “We were honoring each other. I was
seeking inspiration and experience to inspire me in this album. I was trying to find a lot of truth in
myself. I loved Salem. I was blown away by how visually beautiful it is. The history of the witch
burnings is fascinating. It was a special ceremonial journey.”
Galvanized and inspired, Maria and Chris returned to Kevin’s stronghold to complete recording.
In an atmosphere of candles, crystals, incense, and a cackling fireplace, they expanded their
aural palette once again, welcoming a doom blues bombast into the sonic fold.
“When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, or
happiness,” concludes Chris. “As a kid, I remember listening to records and putting them on
repeat over and over again. I’d love for the world to listen and absorb this as a piece of work.”
Maria leaves off, “I want everybody to be unafraid of who they are and not worry about what the
rest of society says. Be strong. Be loud. We love our fans deeply. I hope everybody feels that
love and powerful in who they are.”