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Miss May I
Rise of the Lion

Company: Rise Records
Release: 2014
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • Each song has a fresh feel



  • Miss May I is a band that you either love or you hate, there is no happy medium. With the release of "Rise of the Lion", Miss May I are sure to garner themselves some new fans as well as possibly converting some old critics.

    Keeping their metalcore roots firmly present throughout, the band also takes a more progressive approach to their song writing and incorporates a more streamlined sound that will be accessible to all sorts of music fans. With the anthemic opener "Refuse to Believe", the band have a sure fire live staple on their hands and a great way to start the album out. As the album moves onward, each song has a fresh feel and different sound from its predecessor. Vocalist Levi Benson has a great raw quality to his voice and the clean vocals are exceptional. "Lunatik", "Tangled Tongues", "End of Me" and "Hero With No Name" are all standout tracks on this album.

    With "Rise of the Lion", Miss May I are poised to kick start the next chapter of their careers and couldn't have picked a better album to start it.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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