Relentless Chaos isn't just a track off the Miss May I sophomore album "Monument", it's what you can expect if you're lucky enough to attend one of their live performances on the 10yr anniversary tour of the album. Miss May I started their tour run last week here in Chicago and I can say things certainly kicked off with a bang. To support them on this tour Miss May I brought with them The Word Alive (who are also performing their sophomore album "Deceiver" in full) as well as Afterlife & Thousand Below. If you're familiar with The Word Alive and have seen them before you know their live shows are full of energy. With lead singer Telle Smith posting a fairly gruesome photo of a fractured ankle he suffered a few weeks before the start of tour, it left some fans wondering if he would be able to be his typical wild self up on stage. I am here to confirm that he indeed is still going as hard as ever. From the moment The Word Alive took the stage you could tell the crowd was ready to go. Telle wasted no time grabbing the mic and provoking the crowd to turn up the energy while the intro of one of their rowdiest songs "2012" began to build in the background. During "2012" fans were treated to their first glimpse of Levi Benton as he came out to help Telle perform the breakdown portion of the track which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Instead of starting from the beginning, The Word Alive chose to randomize the order in which they performed the album to mix things up and keep fans guessing all night before ending with some of their newer material like "Misery", "Trapped" & "Why Am I Like This". After the pits calmed down and the house lights came on fans went to go collect themselves while they waited for the reason we were all here. Miss May I. Once the lights started to dim you could feel the energy from the crowd pick back up in anticipation of what was to come. Much like The Word Alive, Miss May I threw fans off by not starting from the beginning of the standard album version of "Monument" but instead started with "My Hardship" as they made it clear they were going to perform the entire deluxe edition of the album. Throughout the night the crowd was absolutely engaged in in the performance with there seeming to be either a mosh or circle pit going at full force every minute of the performance. After one of their most popular tracks "Relentless Chaos", the crowd erupted with a "You Still Got It!" chant that brought huge smiles to the faces of the band members. Overall it was an electric night filled with nostalgia that fans are sure to remember for years to come. Head to MissMayIMusic.Net to check the full list of dates and grab tickets/VIP to the "Monument Tour" coming to a city near you!
Review/Photo By: Nick Buzinski