Alright many of y'all are probably going to want to throw rotten fruit at me through the screen but I've got to rant. I'm going to let this out once, and never whine about this matter again. I usually try to be at least slightly sunshiny when I discuss things I dislike on the internet.
Most of my favorite rock and metal bands formed when I was 0-5 years old, so there are virtually none I can say I followed from the very beginning. Except In This Moment, my first metal band. I loved Beautiful Tragedy, The Dream, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, and Blood. I loved that every album had something different to offer. (This is something I love about Within Temptation, one of my all-time favorites, who have switched subgeneres of metal over the years, and did it well.) I loved their creativity. I loved that Maria's voice improved so much from the first to second albums (on record AND on tour). I didn't get nervous with Blood, when they became popular, because I'm not some jerk hipster who can't share their favorite bands. I was so happy to see them get some attention for once, and to hear a badass woman on rock radio.
A performance in 2009 of In This Moment performing "Forever," lead single from their sophomore album The Dream. Not aesthetic, but the sound is good!
Do not watch this video. Just listen to the audio. (Then, if you like, come back and watch.)
In This Moment performing "Burn," one of my personal favorites from Blood, in 2018.
Now, we anticipate Mother, and the Mother's House of Horrors tour... and they're charging $700 for VIP tickets. Even if this band was good live (those who will argue otherwise are blinded by Maria's image and power, in my humble opinion), that is absolutely ridiculous. I don't know who the hell they think they are to charge that much. And frankly, this proves my line of thinking all along: This is about money and popularity, not creativity.
So yeah. This massive irritation has been building for years. Now it exploded out of me into the internet. Have a nice day.