Miss May I
Rise of the Lion


2.0
poor

Review

by Pug Gracie USER (9 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2014 | 262 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pastiche that has become pitiful.

Miss May I, for the last couple of years, have given us the idea that classic traits in metalcore can still be fashionable and punchy if trimmed and tucked into neat 3 minute treats of instant gratification (not excluding the incredulous amounts of production). But as of late, the Ohions seem to be missing the damn point about what got our attention in the first place; Miss May I unassumingly had the potential to subtly transgress metalcore's boundaries while still sticking to the recipe. Maybe we knighted them too soon with this , with "Apologies are for the weak" misleading the masses into thinking they would progress. Yet, all they have done is blindside us again with their latest installment of rust ridden salvages of better bands from before. Yes, there are those who have cried copy and paste from the start, but it is fair to say that these guys had the position of proving naysayers wrong with their first two releases. Maybe I missed the signs in "At Heart".

If you were trapped in a soundless box for ten years and missed the entire evolution of the genre, then this album would be your horns to the revelation of metalcore. This is the problem, we have all heard this before, for the fourth time. "Rise of the Lion" is an album one tries to enjoy, and no matter how many times you listen to the 38 minutes of snoring minor-scale upstrokes and melodic cliches, this LP begs you to appreciate its unapparent edge by hinting elements of thrash, rock, deathcore, and hardcore. The benefit of the doubt is what you want to grant it as "Rise of the Lion" is not the worst thing you've heard. But they take your objective mind and muddy it with poor mixing and lazy song-writing. No Miss May I, we will not accept blatant plagiarism and cheap thrills any longer.

Instrumentally, this album is everything you'd expect from the Miss May I camp; template metalcore. While Aufdemkampe does shine in some moments with soothing though forgettable solos and Stead heating up some hooks, in tracks like "Darker Days" and "Gone", with Boyd keeping a solid position behind the kit throughout the album, the muddy mix and often antiquated riffage reinforce the presence of completely uninspired song-writing. Although, you can hear a definite improvement in structure in regards to the transitions in each track, though please exclude "Echoes" from this observation. In fact, "Echoes" is the naked truth to the assumed amount of effort that went into the writing of this album. It makes us question whether they purposely spilled coffee over Killswitch and Soulfly tabs to blotch out the credits and claim it as their own, while smearing half of the good ideas.

Now for the sad truth which culled this "risen" lion; the vocal performance. What ever love you have for Benton's vocal work in the past shall be scrutinized after the "Rise of the Lion". Not necessarily the worst performance one has heard, and the overall sound is not as discomforting as many claim it to be, but on many a occasion his belting resembles that of a toddler running around a garden, barking down a perspex gutter pipe. A sad truth considering what we have heard in previous outings, and all credibility is lost in forced vocal patterns and tacky lyrical phrasing. And lyrically speaking this is not a strong album at all. The whole quasi-inspiration stance gets old after the second song, and we are left with an album that takes tips from Atreyu's glittered filled book of cheesy hackneyed lines. Moving on, a way worse conclusion can be made on Neff's clean performance. Neff's voice has never been the most mind-blowing experience, but on this occassion his over-layered sigh-fest of processed choruses do not work well with the already dull melodic background. Additionally, his presence sometimes conquer the instruments with his vocals sitting right on top of the mix throughout the entire album. Tracks like "End of me" and "Lunatik" had serious potential, with "End of me"'s jumpy verse and "Lunatik"'s solid chorus bearing space to be profound in execution, though they are ruined with Neff's over-produced whining. It could be something of preference, but some may feel that his vocals simply do not fit in any space during one's experience of "Rise of the Lion".

To get straight to the point, Miss May I are in a state of regression. In fact, after this outing their entire discography outlines Merriam-Webster's definition for the word and it is damn infuriating. Miss May I are one of our dirty pleasures in the world of metalcore and this decline is slowly burning away whatever pleasurable elements they exhibited in "Apologies" and "Monument". Their sound and structure reenacts the entire template of what we know and love about metalcore, and it would be unfair to dismiss their presence in the contemporary metal scene. Even Benton has stated that they try to be as old school as possible, as "it's been working out" for them. Well after this release Levi, please reevaluate such a position as there is a clear line between amped-up metalcore classicism, and pure pastiche; pastiche that has become pitiful.



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Mark A. (2)
Rise of the Lion reeks of wasted potential and lazy songwriting....

GrimReaper (1.5)
I've been disappointed a lot by 2014 music releases. None have made me as angry as this one....

krthll1 (1.5)
Metalcore deserves a better portrait than Miss May I give to fans with this record. Music in general...


Comments:Add a Comment 
TheCakeIsALie
May 2nd 2014


36 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sorry for any errors and I'm probably going to get hated for this, but I paid tax today and this album unfortunately didn't compliment my grating experience of capitalism. This is seriously disappointing for me.

Betray
May 2nd 2014


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

WOW THIS IS REALLY SHITTY

just when I was beginning to think that maybe they had it in them to put out a good record, they just continue their downward spiral

each one is just worse and worse

what the fuck is with the vocals on this?

Great review though, you pretty much hit all the points that make this terrible.

Digging: Between the Buried and Me - Between the Buried and Me

TheCakeIsALie
May 2nd 2014


36 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you very much - This album is considerably tacky...

Betray
May 2nd 2014


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's more disappointing than anything.

Especially considering the decent efforts that were their first two.

TheCakeIsALie
May 2nd 2014


36 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree! The fact that their quality of writing mimics the production quality shows either they don't care anymore or are seriously at the end of their writing ability. Even "At Heart" had some shiners but this bollocks is completely sad. It will chart better than the rest which is a crime of its own.

Betray
May 2nd 2014


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Also.... "Rise Of The Lion"?

blegh.

furpa
May 2nd 2014


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I'm pretty disappointed in this... I dunno why I've remained a fan of these dudes for so long. Great review though.
Pos'd.

TheMoreira
May 2nd 2014


7181 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Excellent review friend, not only it's extremely well written, i agree with EVERY single point you make here. Spot fucking on man

Consider revising the last paragraph though, there are two gramatical errors there.

TheCakeIsALie
May 2nd 2014


36 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Woops - fixed. Thank you for the comment. Writing in a hurry is never a good idea :/ NO EXCUSE! But shot, I hope it made sense in the end.

TheMoreira
May 2nd 2014


7181 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Don't mention! And man not at all, you still got the point across perfectly. This is a really really good review man, be proud

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2014


3652 Comments


Wow that album art is fucking awful. This band seriously went to shitville

Devastator
May 2nd 2014


2505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy it......... Though Neff's vocals get grating after a while.

Betray
May 2nd 2014


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I guess it's some shit trend now to make your album cover a picture of tattoos and the band and album name in white font

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2014


3652 Comments


Yep its a trend called sucking huge ass

Devastator
May 2nd 2014


2505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For anyone interested they did release 4 extra tracks on YouTube, a couple of them sound close to the Apologies sound.

wacknizzle
May 2nd 2014


13462 Comments


Ugh, my band is opening for these guys tonight. It's sold out though so it's gonna be a great show

Digging: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

Betray
May 2nd 2014


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"For anyone interested they did release 4 extra tracks on YouTube, a couple of them sound close to the Apologies sound."

FOUR tracks? What the fuck.

"Ugh, my band is opening for these guys tonight. It's sold out though so it's gonna be a great show"

May not be the best band ever, but be glad they're letting you open for them and maybe get some exposure from people that may not have found out about you other wise.

wacknizzle
May 2nd 2014


13462 Comments


Definitely, I'm glad. Don't hate em, just not my thing

GuanoBumbershoot
May 2nd 2014


1462 Comments


"May not be the best band ever, but be glad they're letting you open for them and maybe get some exposure from people that may not have found out about you other wise."[2]

Who else is playing? Do you have a link to your bands stuff I could hear?


slikphuk
May 2nd 2014


42 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

had a small liking for this band years back, its sad how some bands just get worse and worse.



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