Miss May I Unleashes Shadows Inside
Metalcore troupe Miss May I sound fiery in their latest effort Shadows Inside. The 10 track record soars to sonic heights as the raucous group delivers a stunning rock album. With a wonderful mix of screaming and singing vocals, epic guitar licks, and explosive drumming, Shadows Inside is a breathtaking album that metalcore fans will absolutely delight.
The record wastes no time getting its ball rolling with “Shadows Inside,” a bombastic opening that winds nicely into “Under Fire.” This one-two inferno of high octane rock kicks off the album at a cutting velocity.
“Never Let Me Stay” brings a more introspective and melancholic feel to the record, with Miss May I finally bringing in a more gloomy feel to the record. The more angsty feel in this track and the next, “My Destruction,” shows just how varied and dynamic Miss May I’s sound can be.
The aforementioned “My Destruction” has a wonderful pop edge to it that easily makes this an accessible entry point for all music fans. Miss May I does an apt job creating a catchy head bobber that does a fantastic job injecting passion and emotion into the record. The band’s stylish mix of screaming vocals with white hot guitar riffs easily makes “My Destruction’ one of the more impressionable tracks on the record.
“Casualties” is a more straightforward song that has the feel of an Escape The Fate song, with Miss May I bringing on a warlike theatric energy to Shadows Inside.
Track 7’s “Crawl” has a more somber feel to it that isn’t necessarily present anywhere else on the record, with Miss May I dishing out a more alternative cut here. The chorus’ message is endearing and haunting, one that will latch on hard with its fans. The band does eventually spiral into a usual breakdown near the end of the song, but “Crawl” overall represents a welcome change of pace on the record.
“Swallow Your Teeth” follows and brings the pace of the record right back to its fiery energy. Miss May I maintains their raucous energy while also adding a haunting arena rock element in the song’s chorus.
“Death Knows My Name” lives up to its title, bringing a grim and darker energy to Shadows Inside. The song’s overall theme may also be endearing to fans, punctuated by a passionate performance that shines in the song’s vocals and guitar work.
“Lost In The Grey” brings back the testosterone driven, warlike energy to the record, with Miss May I throwing forward a visceral and cutting track at the album’s penultimate point. Shadows Inside then ends with “My Sorrow,” an upbeat and explosive final hurrah to the bombastic anthem.
Shadows Inside is supplemented by a tight production and a high quality performance from the band that really allows the album’s energy to really rise. Miss May I not only demonstrates the creative ambition to put together something ballistic, but also the technical prowess.
Indeed, Miss May I delivers a rock gem in Shadows Inside. We do wish the band spent a little more time delivering more passion and emotion by way of one or two more power ballads, but Shadows Inside still goes down as a solid record.
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