After losing their lead singer, not many expected Of Mice & Men to return but they came back strongly with their album Defy. Released on January 19, this was their first album after their former lead singer, Austin Carlile, left the band at the end of 2016. Since then, their bassist, Aaron Pauley, has taken over both the screams and the clean vocals. He shows his vocal range and versatility in many songs on this album.
Their album starts off with their title track “Defy”. It’s has hard hitting drums that keep up the fast pace throughout the song. They keep that trend going in their next song “Instincts” with catch guitar riffs and hard hitting drums in the intro. Pauley shows off his vocals with screams in the verses and belting clean vocals in the chorus. Many of the other songs follow this trend and provide a good listen for the rest of the album.
One of the songs that I knew as soon as I heard the first few notes was their cover of Pink Floyd’s hit song, “Money”. They revamp the song to a modern rock feel while keeping the classic sound. Pauley is mostly singing clean vocals but he adds some screams to give it the Of Mice & Men sound.
Although the band has a different singer, fans will still recognize Of Mice & Men when they listen to Defy. This album shows how the band has not intention of stopping any time soon. Of Mice & Men have announced that they are working on a new album with Just Wilbur, who produced albums for Trivium and other rock groups.
You can find Defy here. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments!