One of Maryland’s hottest venues for live music, Baltimore Soundstage, earns its good name by packing houses with popular entertainers and sold out shows. Last Saturday, fans were fed a healthy dose of metal-core medicine. The long-awaited Shadow’s Inside Tour was in town, and although the breathing room was tight, the crowd needed only enough breath to sing, scream, and mosh along to the metal-iciousness mayhem.
After just a year of writing and recording, Miss May I set out on the long-awaited Shadow’s Inside Tour to support their new album release this month. I caught up with vocalist Levi Benton and vocals/guitarist Ryan Neff before the show for a brief interview about their new album, tour, and signing to their new label Sharptone Records. You can catch the audio interview below, following the show review.
Supporting MMI on tour is Upon A Burning Body, Currents, and Kublai Khan. But, the first local band to shake the crowd into submission was Arc of the Sun, followed by a local favorite, In Dying Arms. Both bands were on the tip of people tongues; both getting mad stage play. With the house wired and alive, Currents came next and brought the fire, flames licked the mic like it was doused in gasoline. You could feel the darkness creep into your bones as vocalist Brian Wille spit blazing fury. There was no denying Currents made an impression on the metalcore genre, as has Kublai Khan, who threw the grenade and kicked the blaze up to inferno. Setting it off with “Eyes Up” and “Life For A Life,” vocalist Matt Honeycutt and backing vocals Nolan Ashley complement each other like an atom bomb and its aftermath. Kublai Khan is a lyrical force of nature that can’t be stopped.
Just like nature, rough and raw, Danny, Ruben, Tito and Joe, aka Upon A Burning Body, reigned down like a hail storm. Beginning with the lyrically vicious “B.M.F.” and “Red Razor Wrists,” Danny Leal’s screams consumed and destroyed the space around us. Singing one crowd-pleaser after another, UABB set the bar high that night. But, the night wasn’t over and Miss May I was due to claim the crown.
I took my place in the photo pit, excited to shoot one of my favorite top three bands, the thickness of anticipation could be felt in the air. Fans crammed bar stool to barricade, the lights dimmed and the fog rolled in. Whistles and yells could be heard from behind, as billows of clouds stalked around like apparitions. Miss May I walked out, and the room lit up like the Fourth of July. They began with the timeless title track off their new album, “Shadow’s Inside,” and took the crowd from 100% to insanity. Playing fan favorites such as “Deathless,” “Masses of a Dying Breed,” and “Forgive and Forget,” brought the house down and crowd surfers overhead. One right after another and silhouetted by colored haze, fans were carried across in droves. Levi’s vocals sounded the best they’ve ever sounded, and the instrumentals were taken to a whole new level.
Miss May I carried out an unblemished performance to timeless music, supported by one of the sickest lineups of the year. I think I can speak for everyone who attended with in sync we stood, united we sang, undivided we rocked out. The Shadow’s Inside Tour at Baltimore Soundstage was one for the books. If you want to see what all the fuss was about, check out the bands on this tour, follow them on social media and support the music you love.
“Even if you have to “Crawl” your way to the store or come “Under Fire,” you may have to face “My Destruction” if you choose to ignore this request. I expect some “Casualties,” and for that is “My Sorrow,” but not listening to my plea could cause you to “Swallow Your Teeth.”
P.S. Don’t forget to follow every one on this tour on all their social media accounts.