Live Review

Live Review: Miss May I @ The Joiners, Southampton 22nd January

With one of the heaviest bills I’ve seen a long time Miss May I and co brought the Mosh to the UK in support of 2017s excellent ‘Shadows Inside’. Anthony checked out their first stop on the short UK tour;

With an absolutely ram packed bill for the evening, local band Deference [6] wasted no time getting on stage and cementing their status as one of the hottest local metal bands at the moment. Whilst they didn’t play to the largest or most receptive crowd, their tight metalcore went down very well and with new music coming along this year they’re certainly a band to keep an eye on.

Playing their first ever UK show Currents [8] delivered an ear splittingly intense set showing exactly why they’re one of the most exciting new metalcore bands around. With songs like ‘Apnea’ and ‘Night Terrors’ sounding absolutely monstrous on such a small space. Unfortunately the crowd were still not up to the standard they’d reach later on but by the gently nodding heads throughout the venue it was clear that their djent styled assault was working its way into the minds of the audience.

There was a little more interest in Aussie band Void of Vision [8] who started the first moshpits of the evening with their technical metal. The band tore through material from their 2016 debut ‘Children of Chrome’ as well as last year’s EP ‘Disturbia’ displaying a masterclass in heavy as well as emotional performance. A standout track from the whole evening would be their 2015 song ‘SUN//RISE’ which was presented as ‘the softest song of the night’, which considering the bands on the bill wasn’t too difficult. I also spoke to lead singer Jack prior to the show to find out a little more about him and the band, so make sure to check that out later.

Texan Metalcore outfit Fit For a King [9] have been quite quiet on the new music front of late, having not released anything new since 2016s ‘Deathgrip’ (one of my stand out albums of that year). Despite this they drum up the most support so far with excellent crowd engagement as well as having the songs to boot. Huge catchy choruses as well as bringing out Levi Benton early to guest on ‘Stacking Bodies’ whip up the still quite small crowd excellently. Having talked to vocalist Ryan after the show, he also hinted that we wouldn’t have to wait too much longer for new material nor for a headline tour.

After such a masterclass in metalcore already it was up to headliners Miss May I [7]  to close off the evening. The venue had filled out a bit and the Ohioans were gladly met with bouncing bodies and mass singalongs, something unfortunately absent from the rest of the evening. As expected, songs like ‘IHE’, ‘Hey Mister’, and ‘Relentless Chaos’ go down an absolute treat, and it was great that a band with so many releases can create a setlist that covers their whole six album career.

The same lineup are currently tearing up the rest of Europe, check them out on the following dates:

February 2018
4th – Austria Wien @ Arena
5th – Czech Rep Prague @ Futurum
6th – Poland Warsaw @ Proxima
7th – Germany Hannover @ Faust
8th – Denmark Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
10th – Finland Helsinki @ Tavastia
12th – Norway Oslo @ Uhørt
13th – Sweden Stockholm @ Fryshuset Klubben
14th – Germany Hamburg @ Logo
15th – Germany Karlsruhe @ Stadtmitte
16th – Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
17th – Germany Nürnberg @ Z-Bau

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