Beyoncé said it best, “Who runs this mother? Girls!” Friday night at Stir Cove, the ladies took over and showed that the heavily male dominated metal genre isn’t a boy’s club anymore. Starting off the night was New Year’s Day. The band has been around since 2005 and they gained popularity through word of mouth & Myspace promotions. The band has had a revolving door of members with the only constant being Ash Costello. She took the stage looking like New 52 Harley Quinn with her black & red hair and she knew her job was to hype the crowd for the remaining bands. Ash did a great job of getting the crowd warmed up despite what sounded like mic troubles for the first couple of songs. While the band definitely looks their part, the music is nothing special.
The second act of the night was In This Moment. Right before they hit the stage, the PA was blasting “Don’t Stop Believing” with the crowd singing along. It is probably the first time I’ve heard a crowd boo when a song got cut off to start the show. In preparation for the show, I talked to a friend that is more familiar with the bands than I am; when I asked about In This Moment I was told singer Maria Brink was like a cross between Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga. Looking at the stage set-up, I could see the similarities. A black tent that looked like a crypt in the middle of the stage with glowing crucifixes surrounding it looked exactly like something an early Marilyn Manson would use. The members of the band took their places on the stage and once the music started Maria Brink appears in a cloud of smoke from the crypt in a black robe