Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force


Artist

Album

Restoring Force

Label

Rise Records/Warner

Year

2014

Genre

For Fans Of

Bring Me the Horizon - blessthefall

Summary

Destructive, magnetic and heavy, Of Mice & Men show another side.

Rating

97 / 100

Fuck introductions! Of Mice & Men need none. The post-hardcore powerhouse are dropping their third album ‘Restoring Force‘ and boy is it a ripper!

 

From the get go this album feels viscous. Whether it’s the pounding drums, the down-tuned guitars or thick bass grooves or even Austin Carlisle’s harsh and angry screams, this album will tear through your speakers with a vengeance.

 

Anyone who’s listened to the Of Mice & Men before will notice instantly the sheer amount of extra adrenaline and power that has been injected into their songs. Even Aaron Pauley’s clean vocals have an edge to them. All this shows a new side to Of Mice & Men that will still feel home to many fans but will also attract an even bigger demographic.

 

Songs like ‘Bones Exposed‘ and ‘Public Service Announcement‘ are these spiteful and angry tracks that throw themselves along and charge through into your eardrums full throttle.

 

But there are of course the ballads that the band experimented with briefly on their sophomore ‘The Flood‘ such as ‘Another You‘ and ‘Space Enough to Grow‘. Yet here they feel far more refined and are excited far better than that of ‘My Understandings’. This is probably because of their use of Carlisle’s screams and a heavier tone to mix things up.

 

If there is one flaw to this post-hardcore beast, then it’s that things do get a bit repetitive. It’s a sad fact but this happens a lot in this genre. Thankfully, the band has avoided songs that breach the four and a half minute mark, making the monotony less of a downfall.  

 

Lyrically, the album won’t burst you into tears or make you want to go save the world but they are at least relatable and it feels good that the band are finally toughening up and getting mad. No more of this emotional stuff, they saw it was time to grow some balls and grit their teeth, and that is just what they have done.

 

One thing that is worth mentioning is the vocal combination. Carlisle and Pauley work brilliantly together with their modal ranges suiting better creating a bit more balance than previously done before. Both men do an excellent job on delivering passion and honesty and emotion, no matter their chosen line.

Conclusion

‘Restoring Force’ will satisfy previous Of Mice & Men fans but will also draw in many more. It’s a raw and ruthless release that lacks in flaws and keeps pounding away no matter what. The songs have a far heavier and energetic tone that many people have really been wanting from them. The band are really pulling out the stops to show their worth and prove they’re not the same crab-core youngsters when the band begun.

If you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, fan or not, pick this up, you won’t regret it.

 

 

Tracklisting

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 

3 Responses to “Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force”

  1. theskull

    This guys screams are a joke he talks louder than he screams, you can hear his breathing live because the mic is up so loud to capture the pathetic screams. Phoney Maloney

  2. Firey259 FireEscape

    ITS THE EFFECT THE SKULL.
    ITS AUSTINS PERSONAL STYLE.
    IT SOUNDS GOOD SO WHATS IT TO YOU?
    I BET YOURE 14 YEARS OLD AND LOVE CRAFTER.
    GO LEARN TO MOSH AND OLLIE…I BET YOU COULDNT EVEN STAGE DIVE OFF A STAGE WITH NO BARRIER.
    PUSSY

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