After almost two years, American Metalcore 4-piece Of Mice & Men are finally ready to drop their latest adventure, Timeless.
With myself loving their last release EARTHANDSKY, I was initially disappointed by the tracklist of this EP, considering it’s only an incredibly short 3-Track listing, but upon starting the EP those worries were quickly fixed.
First up is the title track, Timeless, and after an atmospheric build-up, listeners are quickly greeted by an insanely aggressive chug filled riff that once paired with the incredibly tight drumming, the simple yet infectious bass lines and great vocal performance creates a level of anger in the sound of the band that hits exactly as it needs to.
After a smooth transition between tracks, we have Obsolete.
Featuring heavy influence of the bands early sound alongside elements of Death and Thrash Metal in the instrumentals make this song a non-stop thrill ride. At least personally, I feel like Obsolete is a great way to see the bands evolution sonically.
Last but not least, we have Anchor.
Not only does the track sound like a love-letter to early 2010’s Post-Hardcore, but also a chance to revisit the sound that made the band blow up at the start of their career. With insanely heavy riffs, chuggy breakdowns and a phenomenal vocal performance from Aaron Pauley, Anchor made me feel the same level of thrill I did back when I first
heard SECOND & SERBERING for the first time.
Timeless is a great EP, filled with fantastic musicianship and ideas that merge the band’s history with their evolved sound. Following
EARTHANDSKY was never going to be an easy job for the band to complete, but this EP is a great step in once again further developing as musicians in a genre that is massively overflowing with competition for the spotlight. My one genuine issue with this EP is the length, being only three tracks in length, I found myself only being truly pulled into the experience by track 3. While wanting more of something is never a bad thing, in the case of Timeless
I want more because it feels like something is missing. Overall the EP is yet another fantastic release, I just wish it was slightly longer.
Review: Daniel Stapleton
1. Timeless 4:06
2. Obsolete 4:25
3. Anchor 3:5
OF MICE & MEN ARE:
Aaron Pauley — Bass + Vocals
Valentino Arteaga — Drums
Alan Ashby — Guitar
Phil Manansala — Guitar
ABOUT OF MICE & MEN:
At its best, heavy music produces songs of escape and catharsis. Few bands demonstrate this ethos as powerfully as Of Mice & Men, the multifaceted metalcore machine whose mission is to make the soundtrack for every heartbreak, melancholic rumination, and moment of triumph. It’s a potent and perfect storm of elements. A bombastic and uplifting roar familiar to fans of Linkin Park; a layered crunch akin to the Deftones; thrashing old school riffage a la Slayer and Exodus; the sensual atmosphere of Sade or Radiohead; swirled into a singular sound uniquely OM&M.
Across a half-dozen studio albums, the group’s combination of crowd-moving breakdowns, staccato rhythms, and soaring melodic vocals bridged the gap from the underground to the world at large. Their songs catapulted them onto massive tours with Linkin Park and Rise Against (2015); Slipknot (2016); and Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames (2017).
At every turn, no matter what obstacles presented themselves, the four men at the Of Mice & Men core since 2016 never lost sight of the strength of their connection to the audience or each other. They refocused and persevered at every turn, delivering massive anthems that work in the most intimate of punk clubs, the biggest of European festivals, and American rock radio formats alike. It’s all about the songs themselves and what they mean to people at the end of the day. The music of Of Mice & Men begins as something deeply personal shared among the quartet. Once they’re turned loose, they take on new meaning, adding to the soundtrack of people’s lives.