IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink has confirmed to New York's Q103 radio station that the band has begun the songwriting process for the follow-up to last year's "Ritual" album. "Some of my bandmembers are flying in here to Albany and they're gonna be writing with me for a few weeks here till the next HALESTORM tour starts," she said in an interview that was conducted in mid-October. "We are writing," she added. "It has begun. We're writing on the road as well. So it's all happening."
According to Brink, IN THIS MOMENT is riding a wave of energy by continuing to play shows while finding ways to stay musically inspired. "We're so grateful and lucky that in our career… We're like the slow tortoise that could — we're really slow, but we have this slow, steady uphill [climb]," she said. "'Cause we're six albums in and we have the highest sales that we've ever had, we're getting the biggest offers we've ever had, we're climbing up to the top, we're headlining certain festivals. We can't believe it — we're the strongest we've ever been — so we don't wanna ruin our momentum and all of a sudden disappear for a really long time. We feel really empowered, we feel really creative and kind of excited. So we just wanna dive into it, we wanna start creating, we wanna start bringing all these things alive so that next summer we can be coming back out and just keeping this strength growing. And we love it and we live for it. So it kind of keeps us feeling alive."
Earlier this year, IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth told Guitar Interactive magazine that the band will tentatively enter the studio in February 2019 to begin recording its next album.
"Ritual" included an eerie cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight", and Brink told KLAQ's Lisa Sanchez that there is a good chance the follow-up effort will see the band tackling yet another classic song.
"I don't what we're gonna do yet, but I definitely wanna do [a cover]," Maria said. "I love doing covers. Labels always like 'em anyway, cause they use 'em for other things and stuff too. So I'm actually on the hunt right now [for] what to cover."
"Ritual" was produced by IN THIS MOMENT's longtime collaborator — and multiple Grammy Award nominee — Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE).