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Metal bands In This Moment and Sevendust return to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on May 13

Metal bands In This Moment and Sevendust return to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on May 13
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Los Angeles alternative metal band In This Moment, who performed at the Sherman Theater with Scranton natives Motionless In White in 2017, will return to the Stroudsburg venue on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia metal band Sevendust, who played at the Sherman in 2014 and released their latest album, “All I See Is War,” last May, will open the show, along with Light the Torch (featuring former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones) and Hyde.

Tickets, which are $35 in advance or $38 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Jan. 25 and will be available through the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg) and online at and Ticketfly. VIP boxes and sky boxes are available for this show and include eight tickets (VIP box) or 12 tickets (sky box) and waitstaff. To purchase box seats, call the theater at 570-420-2808.

VIP meet and greet passes, which range from $300-$700, are available now via Ticketfly.

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 blues.

It’s an evolution. It’s a statement. It’s In This Moment.

“It’s like we’re going into the next realm,” asserts Brink. “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.”

“What Maria is saying comes from deep inside,” Howorth affirms. “This time, we had a bunch of ideas started before we hit the studio. There was a really clear direction. It’s different.”

The group spent two years supporting their biggest album yet, 2014’s “Black Widow.” Upon release, it seized their highest position to date on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at No. 8.

Simultaneously, it clinched No. 3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and spawned a series of hits like “Sick Like Me,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “Sex Metal Barbie,” all cracking eight million Spotify streams each and topping rock radio. Meanwhile, the band’s signature smash “Whore” crossed the 20 ­million mark.

Furthermore, the title track off In This Moment’s 2012 album, “Blood,” has been certified gold by the RIAA. A remarkable accomplishment, the companion music video for “Blood” has been viewed over 36 million times.

Between headline tours, they incinerated stages everywhere from Rock on the Range to Download Festival. In March of 2016, Brink and Howorth commenced writing for what would become the 2017 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, Brink visited Salem, Massachusetts 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, Brink and Howorth returned to Churko’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.

“We love ‘Black Widow,’ but it was very electronic,” Howorth explains. “This is a little more organic, emphasizing guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. We slowed down the groove a little bit. I got to play some slide guitar, and I’ve never done that. There’s a bluesy side, which we’ve also never had.”

“We always want to grow and evolve,” Brink adds. “It was a chance to get a little more serious.”

That progression shines through the first single “Oh Lord.” A minimal drum and handclap echoes as Brink’s wild incantation takes hold. Guitars shiver and shake as the frontwoman delivers an undeniable refrain.

“The meaning of ‘Oh Lord’ is central to the album,” she reveals. “I should be able to have a relationship with what I perceive God to be. For me, it’s this strength and light. When I was younger, I felt guilty for thinking of these things. I’m not supposed to touch an oracle card, a tarot card, or these beautiful things because they’re ‘bad.’ I had these fears in me for a long time like, ‘Is this wrong?’ I realized I don’t have to be afraid anymore. There’s a lot of learning and an awakening in that one.”

Inverting everyone’s favorite Billy Idol nuptial anthem, “Black Wedding” sees Maria walk down the aisle of musical madness with none other than Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. Co-­ written with Scott Stevens, it’s an explosive and enchanting duet.

“I can’t believe that happened,” beams Howorth. “Maria hit up Rob and asked if he was interested. He jumped right on it. I can’t believe we got him.”

“Who doesn’t love ‘White Wedding?’” laughs Brink. “We wanted to do a spin-­off that’s creative. It’s a question-­and-­answer between me and another voice. The chorus essentially says this isn’t going to be the opposite of a happy ending! You’re becoming empowered by heartbreak.”

Howorth breaks out the slide on the raging “River of Fire,” while “Witching Hour” dances around the flames to a new wave-­inspired groove and midnight lore as Brink recants, “This idea of me being burned as a witch in a past life for teaching people to be free.” Elsewhere, “Roots” practically opens up the earth with its sheer seismic force.

“Sometimes, I have to go through pain in order to forgive and let go,” she adds. “I love to thank the hate in people. It’s that sort of energy. I’ll be okay, hold my head strong, push forward, do what I’ve got to do, and prevail.”

Simultaneously, In This Moment breathe a dark new life into the Phil Collins’ classic “In the Air Tonight.”

“We can’t reproduce what he did in a million years,” she says. “It’s one of the best songs ever. We did our own interpretation and made it a little more sinister like our ritual.”

The ritual has begun, and In This Moment ignite a brighter fire than ever before here.

“When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, or happiness,” concludes Howorth. “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.”

Brink 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.”