Of Mice and Men
The Flood


2.0
poor

Review

by danielito19 USER (21 Reviews)
June 29th, 2011 | 17 replies | 4,596 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Of Mice & Men’s sophomore effort is a step sideways from their debut.

7 of 12 thought this review was well written

I’ll be honest here: I didn’t make it through this band’s debut. I had intended to pan it, but I didn’t want to try to listen to it again. Of Mice & Men has not stepped up the quality at all on The Flood, regardless of the average rating here.

Regardless, I’m reviewing the album, not sputnik’s tastes. The first thing that blasts through your speakers is actually enjoyable, being a semi-catchy, almost groovy guitar riff. And then Austin Carlile, everyone’s favorite ex-Attack Attack! member starts screaming. His scream is powerful, yes, but it doesn’t vary whatsoever. And, very abruptly, the guitars have switched to chugging. And then a clean chorus that sounds like Carlile’s former band, followed by a verse, and then chorus, then breakdown.

And this happens on about every song. A genuinely listenable riff, and then Carlile’s monotonous screaming with the guitars switching to chug mode, and a chorus, and maybe a breakdown. The tired verse/chorus structure never really changes. The only real difference between songs is the placement of the breakdown.

I’ve got to hand it to Austin Carlile: He really know how to dash your hopes into the ground. I don’t try to be negative. In fact, when I heard the intro riff, I was genuinely intrigued... and then Mr. Carlile started ripping up his throat in my ear. Although even that’s an exaggeration. I liked his scream for about half of O.G. Loko, before it sounded exactly the same as every other Sturgis-core screamer. Yes, Mr. Joseph Sturgis produced this record. I could take a few jabs at him, but then I’d be putting more effort into this review than he does for the bands he produces.

Although, while I’m on the subject, every Sturgis band has the exact same drum tone. That’s part of the reason it all sounds the same (the rest being that it is the same). And while I can occasionally hear the bass, the appearances are none too frequent and not at all different from the guitars. There are a few guitar lines that are being played under vocals that aren’t chugging or the song’s intro riff; and they sound like every other metalcore band in this era.

One thing this album does better than the debut is draw you in. I’ve touched on this, every song has a truly interesting intro, and perhaps if you hadn’t heard Sturgis-core screams before, you’d enjoy a song or two. Although that’s as far as it would go. After that point you’d realize that their song structure was boring, old, and entirely uninspired. You’d notice the fact that Austin doesn’t scream with any feeling whatsoever. You’d notice the band’s talent for ruining perfectly good riffs. You’d notice exactly how heavy the autotune is layered on in songs like ohioisonfire.

The album’s biggest weakness is easily the homogeneous nature of it. When everything sounds exactly the same, nothing is memorable after even a minute or so of cleansing your mind from the abomination you just heard with something else. And while the choruses may be catchy, Of Mice & Men falls into the trap of not repeating their choruses ad nauseum, and therefore having entirely forgettable choruses. Sure, repetition of choruses is bad. But being entirely unmemorable is arguably worse.



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danielito19
June 29th 2011



4359 Comments


The last vestiges of my already low approval rating are going to drop massively.

I really do need some constructive criticism please.

SeaAnemone
June 29th 2011



19729 Comments


This is an incredibly bad piece of shit, the music.
Watch out for run-ons:
"I’ve touched on this, every song has a truly interesting intro, and perhaps if you hadn’t heard Sturgis-core screams before, you’d enjoy a song or two."

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

pmmets07
June 29th 2011



5848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

the song titles honestly deterred me from giving the album a fair listen

theacademy
June 29th 2011



28252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

its easy to find a lot of things wrong with this review, but that's probably because i disagree with the rating

i see you got peer pressured into deleting the new users list

danielito19
June 29th 2011



4359 Comments


yep acad

danielito19
June 29th 2011



4359 Comments


but really a neg for disagreeing with the rating?

HeadbangMastermind93
June 29th 2011



624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tend to not like it when someone includes themselves in a review. That's just me though.

danielito19
June 29th 2011



4359 Comments


I find it hard to get a feeling across through writing without using first person. Obviously there are advantages and disadvantages to it.


HeadbangMastermind93
June 29th 2011



624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess so. It just seems more professional to leave yourself out of it.

danielito19
June 29th 2011



4359 Comments


really though, negs? If you're going to neg me at least tell me what was wrong with it.

HeadbangMastermind93
June 29th 2011



624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd.

theacademy
June 29th 2011



28252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i didnt neg because i disagreed with the rating

i negged because it's filled with sentences beginning with 'and' and 'but' and some sentences that aren't even sentences and other sentences that seem to run into too many sentences, not to mention a whole bunch of comparisons to an album that you admit (in the review) to have never listened to

id say the neg is fair

danielito19
June 29th 2011



4359 Comments


:3 thanks. I just wish the mystery neggers would give me some input.

EDIT: acad I said I didn't make it through, not that I didn't listen to it.

theacademy
June 29th 2011



28252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i don't see a practical difference between the two

Acanthus
June 30th 2011



9537 Comments


I liked the debut but never felt the urge to get this one. I confess, I do like Carlile, but this just didn't draw me in like the groups previous effort.

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MarkvandenBerg
June 30th 2011



71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dig this album so found it difficult to be objective. Keep at it though.

BurnedBlack606
July 7th 2011



407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Didn't care much for their debut album, but this is god damn groovy. They have some of the sexiest riffs around imo.



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