In This Moment

Ritual

FILE UNDER: Hard-Hitting Glam Metal

ROCKS LIKE: The Pretty Reckless, Disturbed, Motionless In White

WHAT'S DIFFERENT: In This Moment have matured significantly since their landmark album, 2012’s Blood. Stepping away from a heavy reliance on dissonance and industrial tones, Ritual brings together a polished sound oddly feeding off inspiration from influences such as Billy Idol (“Black Wedding”), Trance (“Witching Hour”) and even Phil Collins (“In The Air Tonight”).

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: There’s no question that vocalist Maria Brink is the Lady Gaga of the metal world. From the theatrical and religious undertones within the record to the wide range of genres incorporated into each and every song, Ritual flourishes as the metal love child of art-pop, gospel, Morrissey and Johnny Cash that the world didn’t know it needed until now.

OUR PICK: “Witching Hour”

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