As of late, it’s become a reoccurring theme for musicians to claim to want to stray away from the conventional metalcore sound which is known for its incessant breakdowns and music that fans would call “brutal”. Among this slew of bands is Ohio-based Miss May I. Of all the popular metalcore bands out there, Miss May I has always stood by this ideal of producing music that is mostly influenced by older metal bands such as Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.
In a previous interview with MEB, MMI stated that they are hoping to further transition to this type of metal sound with the upcoming release of their record Rise of the Lion. The band has released two singles off of this record, “Gone” and most recently “Echoes”.
“Echoes” certainly exemplifies the band’s desire to transition to a more metal sound. The track’s introductory instrumentals are far more metal-influenced than what they have released in the past. In no way does the introduction force any breakdowns or intense instrumentals to attempt to start listeners off with something heavy, nor does it need it to sound “metal”. This new sound provides a breath of fresh air because at times, songs that start off too heavy can come off as a bit harsh.
Along with a different metal sound, Levi Benton has moved towards a distinctive vocal style in this track. Benton changes things up by replacing his usual harsh metalcore scream with fry screams. From there, clean vocalist and bassist Ryan Neff takes over for the chorus that gives the song some variety.
Lyrically, the song is successful in that it is incredibly easy to relate to. While “Echoes” deals with the dark topic of death, it doesn’t bother to throw in flowery metaphors to downplay the event: “We’ve spent our lives together for one another /A single moment took it all away /They said you had stopped breathing /The man in black took you from me.”
After hearing both “Gone” and “Echoes” off of Rise of the Lion, I’d love to hear where Miss May I takes this new sound and what different aspects of metal they will toy with upon the album’s release.