“The Flood” is the second full length album released by metalcore band Of Mice & Men. It will be released on June 14.
I wanted to come into this album thinking their sound would mature a lot. That they would have greater depth and quality in their songs. Perhaps the vocals would have a little more parody instead of one scream throughout the entire album. Not every song would have a million breakdowns in it. Well…I was wrong. Every song on this album can be a good song, depending on which one you listen to first. Each song follows the same rough concept of verse, chorus, breakdown, etc. No track is really standout although my favorite on the album is “Ben Threw” it has a cool little beat throughout that isn’t used on other songs.
Vocalist Austin Carlile is one of the weakest points on the album. While I like the clean vocals of Shalyey Bourget, Austin Carlile has one pitch and only one pitch for his screams throughout the album. It gets a tad bit boring at times listen to him bellow out the same sound over and over and over again. To this day the best thing he has done was when we saw them live and he almost got in a fight with the sound tech.
Let me say that I do like this album and I have listened to it quite a few times to write this review. It is just not an overall good album. It sounds exactly like the debut, and for fans that is going to be ok. But musically and regarding growth of the band, their is nothing their.