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In This Moment's bite is more potent on "Black Widow"

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If In This Moment needs affirmation about how excited its fans are to have the Los Angeles heavy metal group back in action, it only has to look at the reactiion during its current concert tour.

"We're definitely feeling it," reports singer Maria Brink. "The crowd responses are overwhelming and perfect, so we`re super grateful. It used to just be they`d clap and they`re happy and that`s it at the end of the song, where now they`re like screaming with everything they have and some people are crying and it`s definitely going to a brand new level, for sure, that we've never had before."

The quintet crossed a commercial threshhold with its last album, 2012's "Blood," which topped Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart and hit No. 15 on the Billboard 200. That build anticipation for the just-releaased "Black Widow," which is also In This Moment's first release for a major label (Atlantic Records). Brink, 36, acknowledges that she and her bandmates weren't sure about making that move but were relieved by how smooth it's gone so far.

"I was really nervous because we're pretty established in who we are and what we are and how we represent ourselves," says Brink, who's also made high-profile guest appearances on songs by Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach, among others. "And you hear the stories about how they want you to do your whole album again or 'kWe need some songs that are a bit more this and that' kind of thing. I didn't know quite what to expect, so I was scared and did this whole presentation -- 'This is who I am. This is waht I want to be about,,' a whole bunch of things.

"But they loved it. They kept the whole album the way we did it. There wasn't even a quesiton of trying to mold me into something they were thinking we should be or whatnot. It's been beautiful."

In This Moment, Twelve Foot Ninja, Starset and 3 Pill Morning

Wednesday, Nov. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $25-$35 with a $40 four pack.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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