PF REVIEW: OF MICE & MEN - 'RESTORING FORCE'
Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: January 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Sean George
It’s been about two and a half years since Of Mice & Men released an album, and they’re returning to former glory this Tuesday with Restoring Force. The record, which is their third released through Rise Records, clocks in at almost 39 minutes, with eleven (of what I consider) Nu-Metal/Rock jams.
Allow me to first state that I think Aaron Pauley joining the band was a great idea. His vocals help fill the giant void that was left behind by Shayley Bourget, and he really stepped up to the challenge. I think it’s a big indicator of the band’s faith in Pauley, to have him sing clean vocals in what are sure to be their biggest overall hits from the album. Although he does clean vocals on all of the tracks, it’s the ones that are more “Alternative-rock” (which are the ones that will get the majority of their radio time) that they trusted him with most.
I also support the change in tone of Austin Carlile’s singing/screaming. He now has more of an aggressive talking sound than a scream, which benefits the band as a whole. Even though I do enjoy screaming (and the like), I think the change is more tolerable, and will allow him to have a more prolonged vocal career.