Californian heavy-hitters Of Mice & Men have recently dropped a brand new single ‘Warzone’, alongside the announcement of their fifth studio album “Defy”. This marks their first album with Aaron Pauley managing both harsh and clean vocal duties.
Jumping straight into a riff (with some dirty Pulse of the Maggots vibes), ‘Warzone’ quickly introduces the fast paced drum heavy mix with a hint of backing synths and gritty “ohs”. Breaking up the beginning sections with short breakdowns and “This is a warzone!” is a nice change from the typical Verse/Chorus format. Briefly and definitely not long enough, the song opens up producing a huge ear pleasing clean vocal part before diving back into the chaos. Check out the video for Warzone below!
Of Mice & Men originally formed back in 2009 with former Attack Attack! vocalist Austin Carlile. Through four albums and several member changes, their sound has dwindled from a typical metalcore “scene” band, to a tamer and mature hard rock vibe. The new sound lays a foundation that the band can definitely continue to build upon.
The announcement sets their fifth album to be released on January 19th, about a month after their European/UK run of shows later this year.