12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fifth album—their first since frontman Austin Carlile’s departure—California’s Of Mice & Men push full steam ahead. Stepping into Carlile's shoes is bassist Aaron Pauley, on both clean and screamed vocals. Defy’s grunge-influenced melodies and (occasionally) dipping tempos breathe diversity and digestibility into the formidable metalcore mix. While the titular track and “Unbreakable” sing of strength and perseverance, “On the Inside” and “Warzone” reveal painful truths. Sandwiched in the middle comes an audacious album highlight: a roaring rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic “Money.” With Defy, Of Mice & Men not only prevail—they raise the bar.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fifth album—their first since frontman Austin Carlile’s departure—California’s Of Mice & Men push full steam ahead. Stepping into Carlile's shoes is bassist Aaron Pauley, on both clean and screamed vocals. Defy’s grunge-influenced melodies and (occasionally) dipping tempos breathe diversity and digestibility into the formidable metalcore mix. While the titular track and “Unbreakable” sing of strength and perseverance, “On the Inside” and “Warzone” reveal painful truths. Sandwiched in the middle comes an audacious album highlight: a roaring rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic “Money.” With Defy, Of Mice & Men not only prevail—they raise the bar.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Lorenzo_Von_Matterhorn ,

AyAyRon gettin it done!

Of Mice & Men have always been a cut above the rest of the Rise Records heap. Once Aaron Pauley joined the band they hit a new level with Restoring Force. The last record, I felt, was a step backwards. Not awful but not pushing them forward. Now that Austin has stepped away, it seems like OM&M are firing on all cylinders and better than ever. Defy is an amazing record. Quite possibly their best so far. It reminds me of Trivium‘s last record The Sin and The Sentence. Not because they sound the same or are even in the same genre but because they have found a way to take all the best parts of their past record and have even found a way to push themselves into new and interesting territory. Sometimes losing a singer is the kiss of death for an established band, but it doesn’t seem to be the case for OM&M. Aaron is a perfect fit. His versatility has made it so the rest of the band can literally play whatever they want and know he can deliver on it. It’s only January and you’ve already for a best of the year candidate.

Flash66788 ,

Incredible!

I understand that Austin is gone but I didn’t listen to them much when he was in it. Aaron has the sound I feel they needed though, he brings a whole new feel to the music and I hope they continue sounding like this album. He was also insanely entertaining in concert!

Skilletbvbsio ,

Stop being disrespectful!!!!

Yes I respect that they are moving forward without Austin and I understand that he had to stop because of his condition but do NOT say that they are better without him. OM&M will not be the same without him. Yes I will continue to listen to them but I will always like when Austin was in the band more. If you listened to them with Austin then you should not be saying that they are better off without him because to some people they would rather have Austin. It is disrespectful to Austin to say this band is better without him.

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