I bought this album Christmas 2010, and have simply not been tired of playing it. The driver and energy of In This Moment is only matched by their ability to catch you off your guard with the subtle and gentleness (yep you can get that in Metal) of their more reflective songs.
First let's hear it for the drive and power of the good old no-nonsense of tracks like `Just Drive', is it just my wishful thinking or does my old grey hair blow if I stand too close to the speakers. Indeed they have a singer with a rich voice that she can turn to rage and scream, but only because there is a thundering good band behind her providing her with a wall of sound to stand on top of and let the world hear that roar, which incidentally is coherent, you can make out the words.
We've got a swift trip into the land of Goth with `The Promise', but with an earthy metal flavour so that makes it parody proof and so is a very emotional piece of work.
And there are those surprising lighter tracks, the title track and `World in Flames', I do admire a band that's confident enough to move away from one safe style.
Although the band said they were aiming for a darker album I have to say my favourites `The Road' and `Iron Army' are remarkably up-beat and positive in their outlook, `The Road' I play when I want my feet to tap and my spirits to rise and `Iron Army' is ideal to play when tackling for those tasks you've been putting off, although you'd be advised not to play too loud or belt out the chorus when children are around, otherwise loud defiant in your face Metal at its best (what a roar half way through!)
Incidentally the story sung out in 'The Last Cowboy' is very interesting; I love the imagery of the compass cracked and North is six feet underground.
This is an album you can enjoy at so many levels.