Feature: Why Of Mice & Men Can Take Over Heavy Music
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:29:34
Heavy music needs some new kings and not just bands with seven-million Facebook "likes" and Twitter followers who can't sell tickets. There needs to be a 21st century paragon embodying what the proverbial "kids" are actually into. Certainly, there are a lot of bands vying for that crown, quite respectably, we might add. However, there's no indisputable multi-platinum king that's selling out arenas a la Pantera or Slipknot. Some might argue, that's impossible in today's marketplace. We call bullshit. It's very possible. There hasn't been a band with the spark to do it—yet.
Of Mice & Men possess all of the elements of true game-changers, and they've proven that they deserve to be on top. The Flood encapsulates massive hooks, crushing grooves, and raw unadulterated power. In fact, that combination of elements is precisely why Of Mice & Men just wrapped up an insanely successful tour in the U.S. selling out venues left and right, even in places like Los Angeles where heavy music is far from "welcome". They're hitting the road with A Day To Remember, and it's bound to be even bigger. The stars are aligning for serious success from the Rise Records outfit. Why is that?
We'll contend that comes down to the simplest thing, good old-fashioned songwriting. "The Calm", "The Storm", "The Flood", and "The Depths" seesaw from brutal to beautiful with poetic asides lyrically and impeccable playing. Then, there's The Flood's stand out "Let Live", which showcases immense vocal range within an undeniable melody that'll stay stuck in your head for months after hearing it. At the same time, these flawless musicians never abandon their heavy core on "O.G. Loko" and "The Great Hendowski". They're going to rise to the top with the hands covered in blood just like the best of the best have done whether it's Korn and Linkin Park or Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold that you want to liken their ascent too.
Get the throne ready for Of Mice & Men.
What's your favorite song from Of Mice & Men? Do they deserve to reign over all things heavy?