Ohio isn’t known for any major occurrences or being the center extraordinary news stories. But one thing can be said about Ohio’s music scene, they have been birthed some kick ass bands, such as The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men and Miss May I.
Formed in 2007, and all original members, Levi, Ryan, B.J., Justin and Jerod started out as teens playing fast and hard in hopes of climbing their way to the big stage. From their first album Apologies Are for the Weak to Deathless, they have gained a loyal following of dedicated fans. They have achieved their dreams of playing the big festivals they once stood in awe of. Two years after dropping Deathless, their newest album called Shadows Inside, is surely the culmination of the bands growth as a band and as musicians. The band recently signed over from Rise Records to Sharptone Records/ Nuclear Blast, and with a new label comes new direction.
Everyone who is a fan of Miss May I, can expect the bands signature sound to remain throughout the album, but will also gain a sense of a newfound maturity from track to track. All the members of Miss May I assisted in the creation and production of Shadows Inside along with producers Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Crown The Empire) and Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria and Born Of Osiris). Working hand in hand daily to produce each song, you will feel within the lyrics and musical composition that this new album is an immortal work of art.
Track one on the album is the title track “Shadows Inside,” seems to be the perfect song, because it sets the tone for the rest of songs that follow. One of my favorite songs is the second track, “My Destruction.” Not-so MMI, but damn this song is good. Soft, melodic, heavy at times until Ryan comes in alone, hauntingly singing the chorus. Levi adds his “bleh,” and makes this song just one more you must love. I usually don’t go through and comment on the album track by track, but when you feel it, you feel it. “Casualties” is the third track, and right out of the gate, it’s hell-yeah, heavy-like-I-like-it. When you think of Miss May I, you think of what metalcore means; give me goosebumps, screams and chills for days. I love how this track just compels your head thrash while you’re cranking the volume to the max. I could go through each song and tell you how I feel, but you would just get sick of hearing me tell you just how sick it is.
Miss May I isn’t rising from the ashes, they just pulled the pin and tossed the grenade into the fire.
So, take my advice and pick up Shadows Inside. I mean have they ever let us down?
Tickets can be found on Soundrink.com and tour dates can be found below.