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Metal band ‘In This Moment’ to headline four band show at Casper Events Center

(Courtesy of the Casper Events Center)

CASPER, Wyo. — Four bands are set to rock the Casper Events Center on Saturday, May 16.

“In This Moment,” “Black Veil Brides,” “Ded” and “Raven Black” fill out the line-up for the concert. Doors open at 6 pm for the 7 pm show.

Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, Nov. 15. An online only pre-sale starts at 10 am Wednesday and runs through 10 pm Thursday. The pre-sale is available to Casper Events Center and Pub Station Presents Facebook fans and email subscribers.

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Los Angeles-based metal band “In This Moment” is the headliner for the concert.

“Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women,” an event announcement states. “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.’”

The sixth full-length album from “In This Moment” is titled “Ritual.” The band features these members:

  • Maria Brink [vocals, piano]
  • Chris Howorth [lead guitar]
  • Travis Johnson [bass]
  • Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar]
  • Kent Diimel [drums]

Their new album “unearth[s] a furious and focused feminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodoo blues,” the announcement adds.

“’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.’”

The band’s 2014 album “Black Widow” reached the eighth spot on the Billboard Top 200 and is “their biggest album yet.”

“We love Black Widow, but it was very electronic,’ Chris 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.’”

“In This Moment” began writing their new album after they toured with “Korn” and “Rob Zombie” in 2016.

“Then, Maria visited Salem, MA for the very first time with all of the women in her family quite appropriately during Halloween,” the announcement says.

Brink says this inspired the album.

 “’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.’” 

The new album offers new takes on hits like Billy Idol’s “Black Wedding” and Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.”

“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,” the announcement says. “Co- written with Stevens, it’s an explosive and enchanting duet.” 

 Brink says the new album is meant to empower their fans.

“’I want everybody to be unafraid of who they are and not worry about what the rest of society says.'” she says. “‘Be strong. Be loud. We love our fans deeply. I hope everybody feels that love and powerful in who they are.’”

Tickets prices range from $41.50 to $49.50.

“Tickets available online at SinclairTix.com, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center, by phone at 800-442-2256 or any statewide SinclairTix Outlet,” the announcement states.