After eight years, one member leaving the band, a baby, and trial and error with their albums, Mayday Parade has finally perfected their craft of making a mixture of powerful ballads and the perfect post breakup tune. With their constant touring, and the recent release of their fourth album, Monsters In The Closet, it’s bound that you’ve heard a song, if not a chorus, from the group before. With their perfect guitar riffs, insane drums, and Derek Sanders’ angelic voice, (the lead front man for MDP), their songs aren’t anything that you’d forget easily, considering most are fairly catchy. With this new album, the boys of Mayday Parade are continuing their style of music while exploring outside of their comfort zone.
Monsters in the Closet can only be appreciated in two ways. One being that the majority of the album sounds like a continuation of a previously released MDP record, which can be viewed in a positive or negative light, depending on what kind of a monster you are.
No matter what your opinion is of MDP’s new record, Derek Sanders and the other members of the band deserve mad props for picking up the pieces of the departure of Jason Lancaster, who left in early 2007 after the completion of the first full-length studio album, A Lesson In Romantics. Mayday Parade has finally found who they are as a band without Jason and are now recognized as one of the greatest Punk/Rock bands in the scene.
The group has experimented with new sounds, but there are a few songs that one could considered to be replicated. For example, ’12 through 13’, track 4 of Monsters in The Closet, closely resembles a song from their previous self-titled album; the all too familiar duet between Sanders and MDP’s drummer, Jake Bundrick. Another example would be found in the song ““The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing” there’s a bright piano playing and light “La-La-La-Da-Da’s” that contradict Sander’s lyrics of broken heartedness.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Mayday Parade album with out a love-struck ballad with Sanders’ vocals ranging all throughout the song. In the song “Hold On To Me” the listener is mesmerized by the strength in Sander’s voice, truly showing the growth of the font man from Mayday Parade’s last album.
All in all, this album is a great listen, not only for die-hard Mayday Parade fans, but also for those who enjoy the harder side of punk rock. Whether you feel that Mayday Parade has released this album before, or whether the band has made leaps and bounds in improving their work, your opinion is your own. It is clear in the making of the record that these guys absolutely love what they do and they work hard to be able to do it. Monsters In The Closet should be a record that the band and the fans are immensely proud of.