Of Mice and Men
The Flood


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
September 19th, 2012 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


When it comes to modern post-hardcore bands, particularly ones who heavily embrace the ways of the breakdown, Of Mice & Men are up there with the best. This development is actually somewhat surprising however; from an average debut to the departure and subsequent return of vocalist Austin Carlile, OM&M's brief history has been rocky to say the least. Despite all of this, each trial the band faced made them stronger, and when their second album The Flood was released in 2011 it was evident that OM&M had improved greatly. Taking the best parts of their self-titled and and discarding everything that held them back, The Flood is the band's strongest set of tunes to date.

When Of Mice & Men was released in 2010, Austin was still very much trying to top his former bandmates and in turn the group'a first album was very much the Austin Carlile show. The Flood is more of a full band effort and greatly benefits from that. This time around every member gets their chance in the limelight, making The Flood an all around more solid, cohesive effort. While breakdowns still play a role in OM&M's sound, they are not nearly as prevalent - Phil Manansala and Shayley Bourget have become certified riffmeisters. In tracks like album opener "O.G. Loko" and "Ben Threw" it's hard not to bob your head up and down to their frantic guitarwork. "Ohioisonfire" in particular is a great track on the six-string front, using a combination of hardcore riffs with some well-placed breakdowns that would really get a pit going.

Speaking of breakdowns, yes, OM&M still uses them but in fewer quantity and with more finesse. Where the ending breakdown in "O.G. Loko" is more direct, "Product of A Murderer" and its breakdown proves to be a bit more playful, featuring a call and response section that is not only catchy in itself, but is the perfect intro to the song's climax with Shayley exploding into one of his best performances on the album. As one of the best things about their debut, Shayley is used much more on The Flood. Although the scarcity in which he appeared was huge in how effective he was before, the larger presence he has on this release still works in OM&M's favor; his voice may be reminiscencent of most clean vocals in the genre but thanks to his awesome range and tone, they are a clear stand-out. Everytime he appears is a highlight, and in songs like "Purified" and "Let Live" his melodies are more than infectious.

Shayley isn't the only star on the mic here though; Austin's vocals are the sharpest they've ever been, no longer an irritant but a huge asset. Like him or not, there is just no other vocalist that possesses a screech quite like Austin, and his signature technique is an element that clearly distinguishes OM&M from other groups of their ilk. From top to bottom, The Flood is the work of a band with something to prove - Carlile has had the ambition from the get-go and it seems like the rest of the band has finally caught up. If you liked the band before, you'll surely love them now - if you weren't such big fan, their huge strides here are worth to giving them a second chance. They may not deviate far from post-hardcore's template, but they certainly are its best example with The Flood rightfully placing them above most of their contemporaries. Congrats Austin Carlile, you've finally reached the top.



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other reviews of this album
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  • Drubbi (4)
    Somehow, they've done even better....

    SatelliteYears (3)
    You don't know what I've Ben Threw....

    pbass0 (3.5)
    Of Mice & Men decide to raise themselves above the post hardcore crowd the old fashion way...

    danielito19 (2)
    Of Mice & Men’s sophomore effort is a step sideways from their debut....

  • Brandon Nelson (4)
    A great improvement from their debut album that shines in almost every way....

    Coloso (1)
    Truth be told I would set my whole world on fire, Just to watch it burn in your eyes...

    SerialRhapsodist (4)
    Of Mice & Men's 'The Flood' is every generic metalcore's dream sophomore album....

    HeadbangMastermind93 (4)
    A huge step in the right direction....

  • rob g (1.5)
    Austin Carlile's screams have taken more virginities than glam rock...

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TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

An older review I had lying around so I
figured I'd finally post it. I get why a lot
of ppl don't like this band but I
personally really enjoy this release
anyway. Posted this on my phone so ill
fix mistakes.later

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redrig
September 19th 2012


46 Comments


The last song is good as far as i remember.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2012


5793 Comments


I found this to be a lot better than I thought it would be.

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

its definitely one of the better post hardcore releases out right now

redrig
September 19th 2012


46 Comments


this is NOT post-hardcore, they sound more to 'screamo-wanna be popular' genre and even though this album is good the truth must be told.

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Lol if you think this is screamo you have no idea what you're talking about

redrig
September 19th 2012


46 Comments


dude.... i wont chat any further about this

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good

sspedding
September 19th 2012


4765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

as much as I think this album is overrated, the review is nicely written. Pos.

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thank you much sir

scissorlocked
September 19th 2012


3510 Comments


nice review spirit

will check this one

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nice review
Not my thing

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RosaParks
September 19th 2012


14912 Comments


"they sound more to 'screamo-wanna be popular' genre"
you're a fucking idiot never comment again


album is so pissed off and fun. nice review. posd

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks mang, that's very understandable

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Somebody is a h8r

redrig
September 19th 2012


46 Comments


no way

paradox1216
September 19th 2012


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually really enjoyed this, especially compared to their first one, and most of the crap metalcore on Rise.

Their new songs are terrible though.

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TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm too afraid to listen to the new songs haha

RosaParks
September 19th 2012


14912 Comments


redrig is right this sounds exactly like saetia

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nah man more like circle takes the square



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