Miss May I
Monument


2.0
poor

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
August 16th, 2010 | 106 replies | 30,398 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The band crush all of the promise that they initially had

Despite what the metalcore police would have told you a year ago in 2009, Miss May I’s debut full-length, Apologies are for the Weak, was kind of promising. The band was young, and their take on metalcore via a prevalent melodic death metal influence in the verses of their songs worked rather well overall with a strong, varied harsh vocal performance coming from vocalist Levi Benton, making it seem like the band weren’t directly raping their contemporaries. Indirectly they still were, maybe, I suppose, but hey, what’s a young band to do in this subgenre of music, especially having just started out? Miss May I still had a long way to go, though, but at least they were heading in the right direction.

Well, come 2010 and I can't truthfully say that this is the case anymore. Monument has arrived and has crushed any of the promise that Miss May I might have had to begin with. The main issues with the band’s follow-up are in how they’ve managed to make everything sound so, well, generic and lackluster, even more so than last time. I’m not sure what happened, but with the addition of the new cleans from bassist Ryan Neff aside, Benton sounds as if he’s screaming after having been kicked in the crotch for the whole of Monument's length. For instance, the extended distortion breakdown sections of fourth track “Relentless Chaos” go on monotonously, as if endlessly repeating themselves, but it’s not just the guitars that bore here; it’s also the grating sound of Benton behind the mic, bringing the lackluster filth of the music to a level ad nauseum.

Let’s get this out of the way, too: The cleans that Neff puts to use throughout Monument’s length are certainly something that we’ve all heard before. Miss May I are obviously trying to get more melodic here, and in some cases it works out for them, such as the extended chorus sections of “Gears” that alleviate some of the pain that comes with the session of guitar breakdowns, or even in the chill distortion-free trip, “In Recognition”. But on a lot of other occasions, the nasally cleans just get in the way. In eighth cut “We Have Fallen”, the cleans tag team with those of the harsh nature, weaving a vocal patchwork of grating material that kills any of the promise that the competent chorus of the song might have had to begin with.

While listening to Monument, you might start to sense that Miss May I’s potential is still in there, somewhere. It’s just been further hidden and obscured by all the garbage that the band have added to their sound on this go around. The melodic death metal-esque verse guitar riffs and the at-times poorly implemented breakdowns return once more, that hasn't changed, but the vocals of Benton and Neff here, clean and harsh, are largely what hold Monument back. A lack of any instrumental improvement whatsoever doesn’t do anything to alleviate this problem either, so it just seems like Miss May I can do nothing but go further down on their new album, which is essentially what they do. Monument is a disappointingly poor, generic release that reeks of nothing but laziness and a poor implementations of ideas. Toss it next to MyChildren MyBride’s Lost Boy in the bend for piss-poor metalcore efforts of the year. You’ll have no need to return to this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sexpoi
August 16th 2010



599 Comments


damn i thought they had some promise on their last release. I'll probly check this out just out of curiosity. Great review btw

reeshespeeshes
August 16th 2010



64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, it sucks these guys wasted their potential to be a pussy version of As I Lay Dying

Ponton
Emeritus
August 16th 2010



5791 Comments


Cheers

Yeah, that seems to be a good summary of this. It's still not quite as bad as Lostboy though.

TBliss
August 16th 2010



987 Comments


Good review man, pos. Dont think I'll bother with this.

TomAkaVeto
August 16th 2010



1624 Comments


I completely agree with your review. I think you hit the nail on the head.
Apologies Are For The Weak showed promise and was actually a better album than Monument. It's disappointing to see a band fail to improve like they should have.

kingjulian
August 16th 2010



1297 Comments


Hate this band.

cwmetalguy1986
August 16th 2010



185 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know I will get shot at for this but I kinda like this album...so what kill me

PinkBlackberry
August 16th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album has it's...shiny bits, every shit album does. but over-all I'm quite disappointed..

On a side note review was great, have a pos. :D




mechatanner
August 16th 2010



269 Comments


Great review man, you pretty much said it all.. personally i was a huge Miss May I fan, and was excited for this release..
I was sadly dissapointed. Zero growth.

TheFantasticDangler
August 16th 2010



1154 Comments


never liked these guys

Digging: The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms

ANewTypeOfPunk
August 16th 2010



736 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was pumped for this and it basically sounds exactly the same as their previous, with the addition of shitty unneeded cleans. I'll still listen to this occasionally but Miss May I is off my fav band list because of this. Such a disappointment.

PinkBlackberry
August 16th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Does anyone else really like gears..or is that just me. haha =/

WhiteWallStargazers
August 16th 2010



2647 Comments


I'm in the minority that likes this more then I hate it. Decent for what it is, but they need more song variety, and there is to many clean vocal parts.

LG
August 16th 2010



3049 Comments


Albums good, Mr.Jared you need a spankin.

eternium
August 16th 2010



16338 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Band is so generic.

Slimjim367
August 16th 2010



512 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i don't think your tagline makes sense.

initially means 'to begin with', thus i'm pretty sure you don't need both there.
just initially.

review is great though

pos'd

Ire
August 16th 2010



41754 Comments


I heard one song from this and sounded like every bad metal song i've ever heard.

Ponton
Emeritus
August 16th 2010



5791 Comments


Thanks slimjim, and yeah my adverb and prepositional phrase basically meant the same thing, so I'll just take the latter out.

witchxrapist
August 16th 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yawwwwwwwnnnnnnn

Deceptioneer
August 16th 2010



509 Comments


this has a 2.5 on RRR



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