After hearing the debut release Apologies are for the Weak last summer, I was really looking forward to hearing what else this band had up its sleeve.
Miss May I showed so much promise in its initial release, even attracting attention from genre superstars, The Devil Wears Prada.
Unfortunately, the current album, Monument, fell short.
Despite the killer debut album, there just seems to have been little progress made. The band had the opportunity to smooth out kinks, but instead, seemed to leave them untouched.
These areas are the ones that seem to suffer on Monument, with the vocal tone and consistent pitch seemingly blending from one song to another.
The songs on the album are still decent, with the powerful riffs and skilled songwriting being their redeemer, but I’m not convinced the band has lived up to its full potential yet.
Although certain aspects of this album tend to leave one unsatisfied, the guitar and drum sections kick ass. It is diverse and produces standout tracks, like “Relentless Chaos” and “Rust.”
A song I’m not so sure of is the ballad, “In Recognition.” It’s not brutal to the point of wanting to run your car off the road, but it makes me question what they are doing and why they are venturing into that territory.
It seemed like an attempt to leave an epic impact, but it just didn’t work.