Of Mice And Men
The Flood


1.0
awful

Review

by Coloso USER (6 Reviews)
June 17th, 2011 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Truth be told I would set my whole world on fire, Just to watch it burn in your eyes

With a roar of “I was lost until I found myself inside of you” on opening track, “OG Loko,” The Flood begins with the same ingenuity, the same bleeding-heart catharsis, and the same dexterity, that we can come to expect from a new Of Mice & Men release by this point. As Austin Carlile rejoins the band, so does the same driving tour de force behind this generic metalcore must-hear. And if the sound of unabashedly uneventful, derivative, and uninspired generic metalcore turns you off, or you find yourself glaring at track titles like “Still YDG’N” or “OG Loko,” then The Flood is not for you, for your standards are too high. Yet, Of Mice & Men impress yet again with an album that every neon-tinged scenecore 16 year-old can express unbridled scenethusiasm for (until August Burns Red catches more momentum, of course). Unrelenting in its ferocity, it’s easy to see why the band chose The Flood as the album’s moniker-- even when compared to the meaningful like of the track titles. Throughout, there’s an uncanny lack of variety or ingenuity whatsoever, giving us the consistency expected from a band who contributed a work as highly-regarded as Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3. Yeah, it’s that good.

There’s simply not a musical flaw to be found on this album. Like homeless scavengers, Of Mice & Men are outstanding at stealing and revising similar metalcore passages found from past bands’ dumpsters and improvising them to fit the brutal honesty of Austin’s fiery delivery and lyrics. Song titles like “OG Loco” show how hardcore the band is, as breakdown after breakdown filled with riffage and clean vocals in-between for flavor say, “Hey mom! I’m wearing my black The Devil Wears Prada shirt to school again today, I don’t give a shit that it’s dirty!” The heaviness of The Flood makes a stomping statement, and listeners need look no further than the poetry of Of Mice & Men’s songwriting to understand what that statement is.

The modern day group of tight-jeaned Hemingways have finally overtaken the source of their namesake with their mind-bending knack for lyricism, it seems. Nobody writes poetry anymore, but if there’s one band that comes closest (besides Owl City, possibly) it would have to be Of Mice & Men. Refreshingly methods and subjects are bountiful. Not entirely a break-up record, the band also visits previously unheard-of concepts, like wanting reality to be a dream, in “Purified”: “No escape, no escape, please pray this is just a dream. Just a dream”. Yet, much of The Flood exists to spite an ex, it seems. Boy, I bet she’s sorry.

For example, there’s the reoccurring motif of fire in the lyrics to over half of the songs. And what’s this fire-ire directed towards? -- A girl, of course, and assumably one with ample makeup, black hair, and a prolific Myspace profile. Of Mice & Men channel some Kanye in “I’m A Monster” in an attempt to terminate relations between themselves and the conniving she-devil once and for all, in the seventh song or so about how Carlile is done with her. Well, to clarify, this track isn’t the last song written about this particular girl on The Flood, but you can tell Carlile is almost done screaming about how done with her he is at this point, and I think he means it this time! Again, the repetition and predictability of the instrumental side brings out the true passion and contempt for the female, displayed best in the part where there’s a machine-gun-guitar-sound, another one of those, another one of those, then he yells “GO!” then there’s a breakdown. The Flood contains enough artistry to make a certain Mr. Hemingway mosh in his grave.

It’s especially pleasant that the band doesn’t confuse the listener-- a trait of a former Carlile band Attack Attack!, as well. Sometimes, it’s nice to know exactly what’s coming next, and Of Mice & Men treat the listener to the most predictable song structures and breakdown placement as possible throughout. Haunted houses can be exciting and terrifying the first time, but they’re even more brutal and intense the second time when you know what’s going to pop out at you around every corner. Yet, just when you think you have Carlile’s vocals figured out, he changes the volume, displaying the band’s sense of epic dynamism. The Flood offers many decibels of his and fellow vocalist Shayley Bourget’s dual voices in an effort to exude passion no matter what volume the album is cranked to in whichever Hot Topic you find yourself listening to it. The result may be a bit jarring to some, but the inclusion of whispers and yells into the already-rich mix gives way to a stew that is even more flavorful than Of Mice & Men’s previous album.

All in all, it’s hard not to be impressed with Of Mice & Men’s ability to intertwine and emulate with accuracy styles from the stages of both today’s post-hardcore and metalcore music, making The Flood an amalgam of true -core music that’s impossible to pass up, even for the latest D.R.U.G.S. album or any August Burns Red or Texas In July or Architects or Emarosa or Chiodos or Blessthefall or A Day To Remember or The Devil Wears Prada or Bring Me The Horizon or Parkway Drive or As I Lay Dying or The Word Alive.



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Curse.
June 18th 2011


8075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All in all, it’s hard not to be impressed with Of Mice & Men’s ability to intertwine and emulate with accuracy styles from the stages of both today’s post-hardcore and metalcore music, making The Flood an amalgam of true -core music that’s impossible to pass up, even for the latest D.R.U.G.S. album or any August Burns Red or Texas In July or Architects or Emarosa or Chiodos or Blessthefall or A Day To Remember or The Devil Wears Prada or Bring Me The Horizon or Parkway Drive or As I Lay Dying or The Word Alive.




Are you saying that OM&M steal from all these bands or that they are all basically the same? Because both statements are incredibly false

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2011


57409 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Singer is good.

Guitarists are not.

Crymsonblaze
June 18th 2011


8232 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'd say those are all the same in that they are all bad.

Curse.
June 18th 2011


8075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

except no

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2011


57409 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

These bands are all in a competition to dethrone ADTR as the worst scene band.

ADTR is winning.

Crymsonblaze
June 18th 2011


8232 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"except no"



ok

nylertickel2
June 18th 2011


262 Comments


It's blasphemy putting August Burns Red in the same category as those bands

McDiggitz
June 18th 2011


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

People need to stop bashing "the scene" in their reviews and focus on the music. We get it. You were made fun of at shows and at school. We don't care.

Ssssssss
June 18th 2011


683 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Honestly a 1 for any album that isn't Brokencyde or anything like that is a troll rating.

danielito19
June 18th 2011


12241 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I see your point, Ssssssss, but at least in my opinion, this reviewer's rating is closer to the truth than any of the other reviews for this.

FilupLees
June 18th 2011


344 Comments


I'm sure this is the most accurate rating this band has recieved so far, and the review was pretty well structured.

This site needs to stop pretending it's pretentious if they're going to hump genericore like this.

tkxxx7
June 18th 2011


6168 Comments


I doubt it's truly a 1 but I don't think the review should've been negged so hard, I found it funny at points.

KrissWatts
June 18th 2011


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If this is a troll review my comments will make me look like a major asshole, but oh well.



You made some very true points although this is still a badly written review. A thesaurus has shamelessly been raided to make this sound intelligible and commas have been massively overused.



Again, if this review is a joke i'm a gullible tit.

Coloso
June 19th 2011


96 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

it's sarcasm.

so of course the adjectives are dumb. this album is shit, so they're mostly pretty inaccurate. commas were not overused though. I mean yeah some could have been deleted but it's not like they're used incorrectly so who really gives a shit.

KrissWatts
June 19th 2011


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't get me wrong, the sarcasm comes across very well however I just think your points are drowned with the review's formatting.



What makes you hate the album so much? Don't get me wrong, some parts of the album really annoyed me. For example the chugging patterns are ridiculously predictable at points and the lyrics are half the time lazy, "...wash the weight of the world from my shoulders". If I hear that fucking line again in a song...

charlie15
June 21st 2011


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This album does not deserve a 1.

FilupLees
June 21st 2011


344 Comments


BUT IT DOESN'T NEED ANOTHER FOUR

opblaaskonijn
June 22nd 2011


326 Comments


I liked this review, and I agree, just sounds like genericore to me.

Coloso
June 23rd 2011


96 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album does not deserve a 1.




Yes, it does.

mechatanner
June 24th 2011


269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still STRONGLY disagree with the 1 rating, especially since there are much worse bands (and albums) floating through the metalcore/deathcore/post-hardcore scene.

A 1.0, is either a TROLLOLOLOL

Blood On The Dancefloor album

or someone who "hates all the youngsters and their musics"



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