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Success feels right for hard rockers In This Moment

21st Century Media/Digital Media First, @GraffonMu

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In This Moment was out for "Blood" this year. And largely got it.

The upstate New York heavy metal group's fourth album hit a career-high No. 15 on the Billboard 200 in August of 2012 and also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart. But guitarist Chris Howorth says the group measures its success more by looking at concert crowds.

"We're kind of in our own little bubble and don't realize sometimes what's going on," notes Howorth, 38, who co-founded In This Moment with singer Maria Brink during 2005. "But we know when we're playing somewhere and can tell we've never been able to pull that amount of people to a gig before, and have them know the songs and sing the words back to us. And the last two years the reaction has become a lot more intense.

"Those things show us something is happening here, and we're just really grateful, man. We've been grinding since 2006 to try to get to this level, and to have it finally happening is really cool."

Now the goal is to stay there -- and perhaps climb even higher. The quintet wraps its touring cycle for "Blood" -- which included spots on the Uproar and Carnival of Madness festival tours and two runs on the ShipRocked cruise -- and it's slated to hit the studio to start recording its fifth album in February 23.

"We're going to try to replicate the magic of 'Blood,' " Howorth reports. "The way we did 'Blood' was different than we'd done any album before. We brought ideas and pieces and parts into the studio and wrote each song one at a time, and it seemed to work out really well.

"We're going to take a lot more time, though, and we also have the full band together now, which we didn't when we made 'Blood.' So we'll try to take the style and sound we had for 'Blood' and just do it better and do it bigger and have better songs. I feel like we found something and we want to stick our flag in the ground at the top of the hill and stay there for awhile."

In This Moment, Butcher Babies, Devour the Day and All Hail the Yeti perform Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $19.99 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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