Of Mice And Men have recently signed a record deal with SharpTone Records for their upcoming E.P ‘Timeless’ which will be released 26/02/2021.
Originating from Costa Mesa in California, Of Mice And Men started their journey in 2009 and consist of Aaron Pauley, Phil Manansala, Alan Ashby and Valentino Arteaga.
Gradually over time the band’s genre has advanced from metalcore/post hard-core to a more nu-alternative, melodic style.
Prior to ‘Timeless’ Of Mice And Men have released some superlative albums and when Aaron Pauley’s replaced Austin Carlile in 2012, this had positive results taking the band to a heavier higher level.
The band started writing the E.P in spring 2020 just before the lockdowns and how lucky am I?! I have already shared my thoughts on the single ‘Obsolete’ recently, now I get to share my thoughts on the whole E.P too.
I love what I do.
Following from my review on the single ‘Obsolete’ it is now my favourite track on the E.P, hands down.
The faster pace in general is right up my street and Aaron Pauley’s vocals are ripping and destroying through every single word, you know he means every word too.
‘Anchor’ played and this is when it became apparent to me that there are similarities between the 3 tracks, allow me to elaborate.
Each section of layers are a build up eventually leading you to mighty choruses. Don’t mistake this to be all fluffy, there are some real girthy heavy sections, where the riffs pound through your gut and the ridiculously loud drum samples just STOMP into your everything.
Just shy of 13 minutes long, the E.P is short but it is equipped with a lethal punch, I choose quality over quantity any day and Of Mice And Men have made use of every single millisecond.
Lockdown is becoming a drag and along with many, all I want to do is sit in a field, with some mates having a cold one listening to metal. It’s not all doom and gloom though because there are some brilliant releases coming out through this mayhem, ‘Timeless’ is definitely one of them.
I feel so privileged right now and what an offering from Of Mice And Men.
Review by Tammy Lomax for MPM