Metal Mondays: Metal's Vagina Monologues

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While I must admit that I believe In This Moment to be a little more metal than Halestorm, it's always fantastic to see a set of such strong female voices, musical talent, and balls-to-the-wall confidence on stage together.

And before you go click on another article, the answer is yes: I do agree that many chicks in metal are present because of limited talent and big boobs. But these two front women realize that in order to get their musical prowess to the masses they have to maneuver a little sexuality as well, using it to augment their talent so to speak and not rely on it. Which seems to be key in distinguishing oneself in the world of metal as a talented chick or just a piece of ass.

Back in the MySpace music days, Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, the bassist for Ozzy Osbourne discovered In This Moment and became the band's manager. That kick-off point makes sense for a band that's now shared the stage with such acts as Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebeed and Disturbed (to name a select few).

In This Moment has grown progressively more theatric over the past couple years, and this show displayed just a taste of Maria Brink's tantalizingly twisted mind. I swear; I'd have her babies if she were a man, and I'm not exactly the motherly type. Oh yeah, and I probably qualify as a stalker at this point. I've seen her at more shows than I care to recall, spanning from Phoenix to Las Vegas, Ohio, to California.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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