It’s been a couple of years between records for Ohio metalcore giants Miss May I, but they’ve signed to a new label and their sixth album will be out on the 2nd of June. It’s already shaping up to be a good year for these guys, they’ve challenged themselves to work outside of their comfort zone, and have produced something that’s fully raw and authentic. TEO heard from vocalist Levi Benton about working with two producers, creating riff-fests and changing labels.

TEO: Can you tell us a bit about your new album Shadows Inside? It has a dark title.
The whole record is based off the past and the drastic changes we felt like we went through as a band and in our lives for the past few years. It’s been hectic for us. There have been ups and downs and we know everyone has their shadows, so that’s where the name came from and what the whole album is based on. It’s about everyone’s past, whether it’s good or bad.

You worked with Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria) and Drew Fulk AKA WZRDBLD (Motionless In White) on this record. How did their input enhance the recording process?
This was the first time we’d worked with a vocal producer (Drew) which we didn’t even know was a thing until this time round. Nick actually did our last record and this time around we let him produce it since we loved him the first time around. So yeah, the big thing was having both of their inputs, we didn’t really know any friends of ours that’d had two producers for records, and we thought it was going to be a headache but it turned out for the best. Having Drew added to the process of things really made the record worth it.

It’s already been described as a monstrous riff-fest with forcefully driven vocals. How does it make you feel when you get an epic description like that?
It’s awesome. We never think about it [while] making the record, and when you listen back to it and think, ‘that’s exactly what I’d want if I was a metal fan.’ It is pretty cool. If I wanted a record I would want it to be a riff-fest, so I’m happy we’ve accomplished that.

What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Probably the last song, ‘My Sorrow’, for sure. I think it’s actually my favourite Miss May I song ever! You just feel an emotion that you don’t often feel when listening to metal. It’s so sad, the saddest song we’ve ever written, and there’s so much heart in that song. Obviously we’re a heavy band, and so for a heavy band to play something with that amount of emotion is really cool.

You’ve changed record labels, and are now signed to Sharptone Records—why did the band need this change?
We wanted something different. We signed with Rise Records when we were kids and still in high school; we didn’t know any different. Not that they were bad—they were amazing—we were just up with our contract and we really wanted to focus on branching out internationally, so we met with other labels and we really hit it off with Sharptone Records. So, it’s something refreshing in our schedule because we’ve been doing the same thing for so long.

What’s coming up later on this year for Miss May I?
A lot of worldwide touring! We’re bringing the crowds a show this time, not just five guys performing songs. We wanted to really step it up this time around, which I’m really excited for. We’re really invested in bringing a show and it’s the biggest we’ve ever brought as a band. I have emails about heading to Australia, so it might be happening soon!

Shadows Inside will be released on Friday 2nd of June. Order your copy here.

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