Of Mice and Men
The Flood


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Review

by Brandon Nelson USER (1 Reviews)
June 21st, 2011 | 10 replies | 16,925 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great improvement from their debut album that shines in almost every way.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

After so much drama involving Of Mice & Men's scream vocalist Austin Carlile having to take leave from the band during their 2010 tours for heart problems, many wondered what would happen to the band. Vocalist Jerry Roush joined the scene to fill in for Austin and many thought he was a permanent fix. However in the beginning of 2011, the band members of Of Mice & Men have been reunited with Carlile, and Roush is no more. They worked very hard on their sophomore album in the coming months, and it is finally here. Is this a triumphant return for Carlile and the mark of refinement for the band as a whole? Yes and no.

The Flood, Of Mice & Men's sophomore album is definitely an improvement from their already excellent debut album. The choruses, sang outstandingly by clean vocalist Shayley Bourget, are more catchy and provide a greater variety in vocal range. The breakdowns are heavier. Carlile's screams are earshattering and raw. The drums are flawless and keep the songs together nicely. The guitar and bass are also amazing, really breathing life into the album.

The opening song "O.G. Loko" demonstrates right from the start that this band is going to throw you for a loop on this one. Carlile's vocals are instantly catchy and gripping. They are more gritty and louder. I couldn't help but smile when I heard Carlile's voice again since Of Mice & Men's debut album to realize that Carlile still has his touch and triumphant screams. Shayley comes in with a very catchy chorus, and sounds better than ever, more confident. The breakdown is wonderfully heavy and ends the song nicely. The second song "Ben Threw" also follows suit with greatness, with the bass seaming to have a bigger impact.

I could talk all day about every single song on this album and how almost perfect they all are. However I won't ruin any surprises, but I will state that Of Mice & Men have become even more experimental. Their debut album, though excellent, was also very predictable. The Flood introduces totally new aspects not seen before by Of Mice & Men. This is first seen in the song "My Understandings". The first slower song of the album, is sung entirely by Shayley (With light scream vocals in the distant background by Austin). This is a taste of what Shayley can really do. The band really wanted to try something different, and gave Shayley more stardom. "My Understandings" Starts slow with an almost ambient guitar softly in the background. After given a few lines, Shayley let's everything go, and sings triumphantly and perfectly. Most should have their breath taken away by how powerful, yet soothing his voice is. I know I was. This later leads to a very interesting finale. The final song of the album "When You Can't Sleep At Night" is an acoustic ballad sang entirely by Shayley. It is interesting that Of Mice & Men went this direction and ended their album on such a soft note.

Vocally, The Flood is very ambitious. Carlile's tries new screaming techniques that really add to the mix and keeps things interesting, two songs that come to mind when thinking of this are "Still YDG'N" and "Ohioisonfire". Shayley is given many spotlight opportunities and his choruses are amazing and catchy, even Shayley throws in raspy scream vocals more than the debut album. Instrumentally Of Mice & Men got the job done. The breakdowns are heavier and there are more hooks. I honestly can't speak too badly about this album. I was quite impressed. The only iffy parts I came across was the ballad at the end, it just seemed odd to me. Also the partial weakness of the song "Purified". Other than that, Of Mice & Men really out-did themselves on this one, and have improved in many aspects. I look forward to another possible album by this tight and talented band.


PROS:
-Austin is back, and better than ever
-Shayley is given bigger parts and does them perfectly
-Heavier and catchier
-Still YDG'N

CONS:
-Purified
-The ballad at the end was odd. Maybe if it was placed somewhere other than the VERY end it wouldn't have stricken as a con as bad, but this is just how I feel. It was odd to end a heavier album on such a soft note, in contrast to the debut album


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RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


the last song is a bonus track actually

bloc
June 21st 2011



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No wonder it sucks

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


probably gonna listen to this again on my bike ride later. gotta love jun filled bike rides

pmmets07
June 21st 2011



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

biking with music ftw. funny story actually, i was riding the other day and OM&M came up on shuffle and without even realizing it, I jumped off a curb right as Austin did an "OH!" in Those in Glass Houses. Shit was awesome.

RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


m/

charlie15
June 22nd 2011



132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I can't stand still ydgn.I think it's the worst song on the record. It reminds me of the word alives chorus styles and just puts
me off. Otherwise great cd.

c0nf1n3d
June 23rd 2011



276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Purified is one of my favorites! Haha, but nice review.

mechatanner
June 24th 2011



269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yay no more Roush. He was cool in the "Blame It" cover, but honestly i'm not a massive fan. His vox only fit a few spots, this wouldn't have been one permanantly

ChuckyTruant
December 5th 2011



15707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Con:
Purified

WTF?!
It's the best written track on the damn record!

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

sspedding
December 5th 2011



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not really into this too much, good review.



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