I don’t know about every else, but I enjoy this sort of brutal cartoon album art thats been so popular as of late (Re-Issue of The Devil Wears Prada‘s Plagues and A Day To Remember‘s Homesick). The album art is pretty slick…I know if I was browsing a store I would stop and give a closer look to this record.
Anyway, onto what matters. I’ve been following Miss May I for a while now. It was pretty standard Metalcore to begin with, but the fact that these kids were so young (no one is over the age of 19) really got me hooked. I was extremely interested to see what kind of a record they could put out. Their demo was fun, and the cover of Savage’s “Swing” was fantastic, but I was anxiously awaiting their debut.
Apologies Are For The Weak, starts out strong with “A Dance With Aera Cura” (my favorite track on the album). Right away you can tell that these kids know what their doing. The vocalist has a fantastic range, producing some awesome guttural lows and screeching highs. The drummer also does an excellent job. There are also some pretty catchy guitar leads hidden among the chuggage.
My main complaint is their use of breakdowns. I love a good breakdown as much as the next person, but they seem to be a crutch for this band, filling in holes where they weren’t sure what to put. Most of the breakdowns are well written, but after the 3rd one in one song, it gets to be a bit much. Songwriting is a bit sloppy, with much room for improvement. That aside the record is enjoyable to listen to. Great transitions from screaming to singing without going overboard on either. “Harlot’s Breath” give you a taste of the skill of Miss May I’s guitarists with some tricky leads and a solo, where as “Architect” seems to combine it all.
Overall the album is very enjoyable, but not memorable. They don’t stand out in any particular way, but, they will have you headbanging along after a few songs. With that aside, I do enjoy the album, It will certainly be on rotation for the rest of the summer. If you’re a fan of the genre you will be able to find something to enjoy with this album, for those not really into the scene, this may not be for you. I have yet to see them live so I can’t really comment on the live show.
Apologies Are For The Weak is one hell of a debut album. It will not, by any means greatly impact the genre, but for being as young as they are, they have plenty of time to expand and perfect their sound.