Photos / Review: Miss May I brings “The Shadows Inside” to Austin

Who: The Shadows Inside Tour – Chernobyl The Secret, Insvrgence, Currents, Kublai Khan, Upon A Burning Body, Miss May I

Where: Come and Take It Live – Austin, Texas

When: May 28, 2017 

The forecast in Austin was showers and storms on Sunday, May 28, but all the thunder couldn’t match up to the magnitude of noise brought on from the Shadows Inside Tour. With a stacked lineup ranging from newcomers to veterans, it was a packed show that couldn’t be dampened.

Chernobyl The Secret was up first and got the crowd moving right away. The band’s sound can be comparable to their name (Chernobyl), in that it is both eerie and captivating. If you want a solid band that you can rely on for all the essentials of metal, this is definitely a band you don’t want to miss. They recently released their music video for “Grotesque in Nature,” and you can check it out here. You can also catch them on tour with Isonomist later in June.

Next up was Insvrgence, a band that the Austin scene is all too familiar with. Known for their consistent jumps, fist pumps, and energy, they always know how to put on a show. The politically charged messages in their songs make their performance that much more intruiging and relatable.

Currents, hailing from Connecticut, provided a refreshing sound and differentiated themselves from many other metalcore bands these days. The emotion they bring into their music adds on to the intensity of their alluring lyrics. Their ability to balance both heavy and softer melodies is remarkable. This band has surely made a name for themselves and their new album, The Place I Feel Safest, will be released June 16.

Kublai Khan took the stage and the crowd couldn’t tame their excitement. Even with a barricade, people were still trying to reach the stage and shout lyrics into the mic. With their gritty riffs and honest lyrics, it’s not surprising that they have some of the most dedicated listeners.

Upon a Burning Body came out, and security already knew to be on guard. The band brought nothing short of a rowdy set, and the crowd was loving every minute of it. Crowd surfers began making their way to the front on the very first song, and didn’t slow down throughout the set. The Texas pride from both UABB and the crowd was evident, and lead vocalist Danny Leal eventually brought out and waved UABB’s Texas flag. The crowd began chanting “Deep in The Heart of Texas” during this, which led to the band playing the favorite “Texas Blood Money.”

Miss May I closed out the night, but not before going out with a bang. Front man Levi Benton absolutely crushed it, both in terms of vocals and interacting with the crowd. Their album Shadows Inside was released a few days ago and has been receiving glowing reviews all around. This album really shows the growth of the band. Their ability to continue to evolve, but keep the essence of the band still intact is what keeps this band thriving. The band opened up with “Shadows Inside,” and fists were already pumping in unison for a song that wasn’t released for a month yet. The band made sure to play older favorites, like “Hey Mister” and “Relentless Chaos.” Half way through the set, drummer Jerod Boyd, performed a very impressive drum solo. Impending Doom vocalist, Brook Reeves made a guest appearance during their set as well. As a band that has been in existence for 10 years, you would think that new and consistent material would be difficult to maintain, but Miss May I makes it look like a breeze. After this release, it appears that Miss May I isn’t slowing down any time soon.

The Shadows Inside Tour has only just begun, and is filled with crazy amounts of energy. Every band in this lineup brings their A game, and the combination of all bands is impeccable.

Post and photos by Megan Choi

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