Miss May I
Deathless


3.5
great

Review

by Shamus248 USER (62 Reviews)
August 6th, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 08/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Miss May I return, just one year after "Rise of the Lion", with a much more mature sound, as well as improved vocals from Levi Benton and Ryan Neff.

Miss May I, the melodic metalcore suit from Troy, Ohio, has been one of those hit and miss bands up to this point in their career. They, like many of their contemporaries, do a solid job at coinciding clean with unclean vocals. Unclean vocalist Levi Benton and clean vocalist Ryan Neff do a good job to compliment each other to the best of the ability. It's been a lack of originality. One thing they've also lacked is the ability to push the envelope. More often than not, the music they create is nothing we haven't heard before. 2014's "Rise of the Lion", their fourth full-length release from Rise Records, went to different places for the most part. It was a bit of jumbled mix of left and right turns. "Deathless", their fifth long player, sees Miss May I finally crack out of their generic shell.

On tracks like album opener "I.H.E." (standing for "I Hate Everyone") shows they still have some growing up to do, but the instrumentation has never been better for this group. For the most part, it follows the same blueprint like tracks such as "Gone", from their last record. A few riff chugs here and there, but nothing flashy or desperate for attention. And that's a good sign for this group. The ability to push the envelope without being overly abrasive and forced, is simply uncanny, and Miss May I deserves credit where it's due for finally being able to perpetuate this.

Benton's screams are crisp and on the mark with tracks such as "Psychotic Romantic", where Benton tells of not being deserving of love ("I'm not worthy of such beauty./I'm not worthy of a love like this.") This modest mantra is quite personable, and again, the group is able to convey their theme without forcing it upon the listener and causing the listener to skip the track.

The group has brought their penchant for wanting to evolve this time around, and they've made it quite clear they don't want their history to repeat itself. This pays dividends on tracks like the album's eponymous track, where Benton tells of giving up everything to get something in return. While standard metalcore fare at times, the group has in fact improved in the lyrics department, and songwriting was always an issue in the early going.

Tracks like "Turn Back the Time" have pretty enjoyable riffs, while "Arise" is a standout track vocally speaking. The group improve in every facet, and while you may think they rushed to make up for "Rise of the Lion" (again, just one year separates these releases.) Though, give them credit. They want to prove they've acknowledged their mistakes and put the past behind them.

Closing track "Born from Nothing" epitomizes the maturation Miss May I has managed to perpetuate in only a year. Levi and Ryan combine their forces once again to create a tale of running away from what who we used to be, and running towards who we will become. Another relatable mantra, while another standard metalcore track, the song does represent the very true idea that what we have done cannot be undone, but changes can be made to make up for them. This message is the embodiment of everything this album is, and fortunately for Miss May I, their evident maturation pays dividends.



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SnakeDelilah
August 5th 2015


19929 Comments


let's go yankees

Digging: Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights

MyNameIsPencil
August 5th 2015


4949 Comments


More like Piss May I

Digging: letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful

SnakeDelilah
August 5th 2015


19929 Comments


fuck the white sox

MyNameIsPencil
August 5th 2015


4949 Comments


:c. I have a gut feeling with the Dodgers winning it all

SnakeDelilah
August 5th 2015


19929 Comments


jk you know ilu pencil

MyNameIsPencil
August 5th 2015


4949 Comments


I know bb

TheGreatQ
August 6th 2015


2539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I forgot these guys were from Ohio but I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2015


21997 Comments


I saw these guys are warped tour; pretty good. I can't say I dig much of their studio output though.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2015


21997 Comments


Also, good review! Very concise. Pos.

Shamus248
August 6th 2015


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man! I saw these guys at Warped too and they did a pretty good job

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CMX97
October 15th 2015


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you look at Rise of the Lion first at this you'll be shocked by how much improvement has happened to the band. The work on this album is also very original and crafts the classic metal style like they've been doing since At Heart. I don't get why people don't get it's not just intensity is also more or creative instrumental work.

Sinternet
November 21st 2015


14853 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

band blows hard

Snide
October 7th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Clean vocals took a massive step up, and partially saved this album.

Still only a fun listen with not much relistening value.

SteakByrnes
October 7th 2016


4573 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This band has been shit since Monument

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betray
May 8th 2017


9186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

couple jams here

artiswar
June 11th 2017


1716 Comments


lol that album art. that is the derpiest skull I've ever seen.



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