IN THIS MOMENT's MARIA BRINK Says Having ROB HALFORD Guest On 'Ritual' Is 'An Honor'

IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink says that having Rob Halford guest on the band’s new album, “Ritual”, is “an honor.”

The JUDAS PRIEST frontman duets with Brink on the song “Black Wedding” — and Maria says that Halford added his vocals after all the other parts were already laid down.

“We actually recorded the song first, we had all of our stuff on it, and then he came in afterward and put his parts into it,” she told the “DOMKcast” (hear audio below). “But we had already kind of shown him [how we wanted it to sound].”

According to Brink, “it’s pretty common nowadays” for musicians to collaborate on records without actually being in the studio together, “because artists are always doing something — some of them are on tour” or in different parts of the world. “When I did our song on our last album with Brent [Smith] from SHINEDOWN, it was the same thing — we weren’t in the studio at the same time,” she said. “I wish we could be in the studio at the same time — it feels like it could be more connecting or something like that — but it went down this way. But it doesn’t matter.”

Maria added that she is “really excited” for people to hear “Black Wedding”. “I think that’s definitely gonna be a single,” she said. “And I think that’s gonna be a favorite, for sure, on this album. And we’re honored to have [Rob] be a part of it. He’s a legend. So we’re so excited. We became friends with him, and what an honor to have him be a part of it.”

IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth told Metal Wani in a recent interview that Halford was a natural choice for the “Black Wedding” track.

Maria was doing the lyrics — and it’s almost like a duet, but she’s singing to herself with the mother and the priest and we’re, like, ‘Rob Halford is the priest! He would be the coolest dude ever to have on this song.’

“A couple of years ago, he actually expressed interest in our band and came to see us. It blew our minds completely. We became friends with him from that point.

“He’s been super influential to us and when we were doing the song, Maria was, like, ‘I’m going to see if Rob‘s interested,’ and he jumped right on it. It’s so cool to have him on this song with us.”

“Ritual” was released on July 21 via Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records.




“Going from one side of the bar to the stage at the Hard Rock is a full 360,” he said before the Battery Park concert. “I’m excited just talking about it.”

Determined to make it in the music business, the Kentucky native worked at the bar so that he could adjust his schedule for weekend gigs. “Working for the Hard Rock was instrumental in me being able to do this. College students had their schedules and I had mine. I’d work there for three weeks, then go out on the road for two. It was perfect.”

Known for his dreadlock beard, Kael attracted plenty of attention from customers. “I would walk into the bar at 5 o’clock and, you might feel a little vibe, but then I would literally stand on the bar and go, ‘The bar is open!’ and the whole vibe would change.”

Kael was such a showman he got a good sense of what performing as a musician might be like. “It prepared me for being out in the eye of all the fans,” he said.

A signature drink – called the (expletive) delicious – sold quickly when he was making it. It featured an ounce and a half of gold tequila, pineapple juice, blue curacao and Malibu rum. “It was a vacation drink,” he said with a smile. “Anytime you’re drinking blue drinks on The Strip, you’re setting up that vibe.”

While Kael was happy working in the service industry, he went to a System of a Down concert and saw how the crowd reacted. “I said, ‘Oooohhh, someday, that’s going to be me.’”

He knew Death Punch was looking for a bassist and, in 2010, decided to take matters into his own hands. “That night the white light went off: ‘Dude, if you want this, go after it…you haven’t gone after it.’”

Kael turned to Facebook to find a connection. “I sent Jason Hook, our guitarist, a message: ‘Hey, I heard you’re looking for a bass player. Look no further, I’m your guy.’”

Kael got an audition and, two weeks later while he was working behind a bar, he got the word – the job was his. “On the inside, I was like, ‘aaaaaaahhh,’ but I’d been real close before and it didn’t pan out.”

Instead of quitting his job (now at the Cosmopolitan), he worked weekend dates with Death Punch, weekdays at the bar. “For six months, I was still a bartender.” The band was working on its “Wrong Side of Heaven” album and it wasn’t time for Kael to add his bass parts. He called his old manager and got a gig working live events.

When he worked a metal show, he realized he couldn’t mix drinks without being recognized. Customers, he said, would look at him, look at their friends, “then pull out their phones and go, ‘I think it’s him.’” The beard was a dead giveaway. “I’m a full frontal walking advertisement all the time.”

That beard – now six years old – has become such a signature he doubts he could cut it again. “I feel naked without it.”

This summer, while lead singer Ivan Moody was away, Kael sang lead on a number of songs. Now, with Moody back in the fold, he sings backup and gives him a break on several numbers. “It’s nice to be able to step up when you’ve got this huge front man with this monster voice and give him a chance to breathe.”

Rock stardom, the 43-year-old said, is so much more than he thought it would be. “We played the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas and it was amazing. You’re in your hometown, and you’ve gone from being on one side of the bar to having your bass on the wall right where you used to work?” He paused. “Life’s a whirlwind.”

Five Finger Death Punch closed the 2017 Battery Park Concert series and, Oct. 28, will play the T-Mobile Arena in — where else? — Las Vegas.

On – 02 Sep, 2017 By Bruce Miller