enters the Billboard chart this week at #4
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not yet rated by allmusic
some of that SteveO screamo stuff here
if you're gonna scream at me, I'm not listening
artist website - http://ofmiceandmenofficial.com/
Bio - from allmusic
Based out of Costa Mesa, California, hard-hitting, Steinbeck-loving metalcore outfit Of Mice & Men was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio by
Attack Attack! vocalist Austin Carlile and New Zealand-bred bass player Jaxin Hall. Boasting a rotating cast of players that, as of 2014,
features Carlile (lead vocals), Alan Ashby (rhythm guitar), Phil Manansala (lead guitar), Aaron Pauley (bass, vocals), and Valentino Arteaga
(drums), the band released its eponymous debut long-player through Rise Records in 2010, followed by the Flood in 2011, and Restoring Force in
Album Review - from loudwire
Of Mice & Men are in a state of transition and after a listen to the band’s new ‘Restoring Force’ album, it appears as though the sky’s the
limit. Since the group’s last album, the band has added bassist Aaron Pauley of Jamie’s Elsewhere and his clean vocals have added the perfect
compliment to frontman Austin Carlile.
The group also took the next step in terms of production, deciding to switch things up after two records with Joey Sturgis. Acclaimed rock
producer David Bendeth challenged the band to re-evaluate their writing process and it shows. Drummer Tino Arteaga recently stated, “He really
challenged us to try and step out of our comfort zone and try to write songs that we felt like gave us a different outlook on how to write songs
and how to formulate and put things together.”
The album kicks off with a brutal assault on ‘Public Service Announcement,’ with Arteaga’s drums really sending the song off to the races.
‘Feels Like Forever’ is one of the album’s standout tracks, showing off a more rock side to the band, with an infectious guitar groove opening
the song and heavy bass giving the track an ebb and flow sway. Meanwhile, the tracks ‘Another You’ and the contemplative album closer ‘Space
Enough to Grow’ also show a more melodic side to the band.
But fans who are looking for the crushing Of Mice & Men still have plenty of gristle to chew on. The chaotic and deeply personal ‘Bones Exposed’
is sure to generate moshpit awesomeness live and the intense build of the chugging guitars on ‘You Make Me Sick’ lead to one of the heaviest and
catchiest moments on the record. Plus, ‘You’re Not Alone’ has a beat that feels like its ready to knock down a door.
All in all, Of Mice & Men have broadened their horizons with the ‘Restoring Force’ album and given fans more of themselves on disc than normal.
As Carlile recently stated, “Just the fact that we can give our fans and our family and our true listeners a piece of us, that says a lot. That
means the world to me.” ‘Restoring Force’ stands as a pivotal piece of work in what will be the band’s musical legacy.
1. Public Service Announcement
2. Feels Like Forever
3. Bones Exposed
4. Would You Still Be There
5. Glass Hearts
6. Another You
7. Break Free
8. You Make Me Sick
9. Identity Disorder
10. You're Not Alone
11. Space Enough to Grow