Review: Miss May I
As a cloud of fog appeared over the stage at the Recher Theatre, Levi Benton and the rest of the members of metalcore band Miss May I stood on the edge of the stage looking across a full crowd.
Miss May I headlined the Alternative Press Tour Sunday, Oct. 21. Prior to performing, bands Glass Cloud, The Amity Affliction, Like Moths to Flames and The Ghost Inside also played.
The line outside the Recher started forming at roughly 5 p.m., although doors did not open until 6 p.m. This was the first time that the AP Tour consisted of nothing but metal bands and it showed in the intensity the fans brought to the show.
The mosh pits opened up during The Ghost Inside and Miss May I, as fans began to crowd surf, which prompted The Ghost Inside’s lead vocalist Jonathan Vigil to call for security guards to come up to the stage during their set as a number of fans were falling over the barricade after surfing to the front.
The band started off with the most popular song on their latest album, “Hey Mister.” They continued with another song off of their album “At Heart,” which is their best-selling album out of their three released, when they performed “Bleeding Out.”
While the majority of the songs that Miss May I played during their set were songs off of “At Heart,” the band included plenty of material for their long-time fans, including three songs off of their first release “Apologies Are for the Weak.”
After the band took their first break after playing three songs, Benton thanked the fans for supporting the AP Tour, because it is rare that tours consist of nothing but metal bands. This led into Benton introducing their older and heavier songs, “Forgive and Forget,” “Architect” and the title track off of their first album.
Benton showed that his screams haven’t changed over the past four years, performing the older songs with the same intensity he did on the album.
After playing older songs, the band switched back to their newer songs, playing the songs “Opening Wounds” and “Leech,” which featured more of bassist Ryan Neff’s clean vocals than the older songs.
Benton kept the intensity going during the set, as the band played arguably their most popular song, “Masses of a Dying Breed,” off their sophomore release “Monument.”
Throughout the set, Benton kept calling for the crowd to sing along with the band, and encouraged them to “stay metal,” which is the band’s slogan.
Miss May I closed their set with their song “Day by Day,” which the band released a video for last week. As soon as the band left the stage, fans began cheering for an encore, and after several minutes of chanting, drummer Jerod Boyd re-entered the stage and the rest of the band soon followed Boyd.
For their final song of the night, Miss May I played their song “Relentless Chaos,” to cheers.
After the song finished, Benton reminded everyone to “stay metal,” and once again fog enveloped the stage.